Johnston County is conveniently located along I-95 exactly halfway from the North Carolina line, so meet us in the middle of the state for affordable accommodations and lots of exciting things to do like outlet shopping, museums, recreational venues and performing arts. Our location just 30 minutes east of the Research Triangle Park is also convenient for corporate travel and you can beat the high prices found in the Raleigh area. Stay with us instead!
Deciding when to exit the interstate and bed down for the night is normally determined by the distance you have traveled, getting dinner for the family, looking for your favorite brand hotel, and cost. Here's a quick look, exit by exit, the accommodations available in the county.
Kenly has five hotels to offer travelers, including budget properties like the Days Inn, Motel 6 and Quality Inn all convenient to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum or travel services at Exit 106. Click here for links to Kenly Hotels.
Selma - I-95, Exit 97
Looking for outlet shopping at JR Outlet or need some Carharrt clothes stop by Carolina Apparel and plan to spend the night in Selma. Selma has several hotels and over 500 rooms at this exit including the top-rated, award winning Hampton Inn just minutes from Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield. Click here for link to Selma Hotels.
Smithfield - I-95 Exit 95
Smithfield is home to the Ava Gardner Museum and the largest outlet center in Eastern North Carolina, Carolina Premium Outlets. Smithfield is the county seat and offers ten hotel properties and several built in the last few years including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and the Fairfield Inn & Suites. Several additional national brands are found in Smithfield like the Best Western Inn, Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn & Suites and Super 8 offering travelers a variety of amenities and prices. Click here for link to Smithfield Hotels.
Four Oaks - I-95, Exit 90
For the budget conscious traveler, stop by Four Oaks for great deals that are hard to beat. Located nearby are two attractions to check out, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site and Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center which are about 15 minutes east of Four Oaks -- definitely worth the trip. In the summer months, look for roadside farmer's markets for great produce. Click here for links to Four Oak Hotels.
Benson - I-95, Exit 79
At the southern end of the county, where I-40 crosses over I-95, the Town of Benson is a charming location to meet and stroll along Main Street to see what local merchants have for sale. Benson has one hotel, the Days Inn and a beautiful Bed and Breakfast, the Preston Woodall House, where brides have discovered this Victorian home for their special day. Click here for link to Benson hotels.
Clayton - US Hwy 70, I-40 Exit 306
Clayton is all about the arts with The Clayton Center as the centerpiece and lots of public art to enjoy in downtown and along the new Neuse River Walk. Travelers here on business will find the Comfort Suites conveniently located right off US 70 Hwy Business and three blocks from downtown. For some nightlife check out The Flipside and Deep River Brewing. Click here for link to Clayton hotels.
Cleveland Community 40/42 - I-40, Exit 312
The Cleveland Community known as "40/42" and is only seven miles from Clayton and 15 from Downtown Raleigh. Exit 312 is a favorite stop for travelers seeking name brand hotels like Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, and Holiday Inn Express. Also visitors will find an abundance of restaurants to choose from like a local favorite, Simple Twist and La Piazza, both have full ABC permits. Click here for link to Cleveland 40/42 hotels.