Smithfield/Johnston County, North Carolina, at the crossroads of I-95 and I-40, just 30 minutes east of Raleigh, our state capital. Johnston County, is a rural county with excellent accessibility for travelers through the state. As well as convenience, we offer annual festivals like Benson Mule Days, Smithfield Ham and Yam Festival, and the Annual Ava Gardner Festival. The area offers outstanding outlet shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets, Civil War heritage at the largest history site in North Carolina, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site and for on-farm experiences our destination offers farm heritage museums, farm tours and many options to buy direct locally grown products. For a truly unique museum with a connection to Hollywood, we invite you to visit the Ava Gardner Museum in Downtown Smithfield.
Don’t pass us by…see what lies beyond the highway!