From its southern terminus at U.S. Highway 41/State Route 3 in Emerson, the highway runs northwest, passing through downtown Emerson before crossing the Etowah River and entering into Cartersville. It overlaps State Route 113 and State Route 61 through downtown Cartersville on Main Street. SR 293 leaves the concurrency through Bartow Street and Cherokee Avenue, before departing the city to the northwest via Cassville Highway. After crossing beneath U.S. Highway 411/State Route 20, State Route 293 intersects with the southern terminus of its only bannered route, State Route 293 Connector. From here, the route turns to a more westerly direction, passing through Kingston. The route passes into Floyd County and later intersects with State Route 1 Loop east of Rome. After its intersection with State Route 1 Loop, State Route 293 becomes a four lane divided arterial into downtown Rome. Shortly after its intersection with State Route 53, State Route 293 meets its northern terminus at U.S. Highway 27/State Route 1.
State Route 293 is itself historic; from its southern terminus to its intersection with State Route 293 Connector, it runs along the western alignment of the former Dixie Highway.
The original southern terminus was with US 41 in Kennesaw, passing through Kennesaw and Acworth as Main Street in both towns. This stretch of road was originally US 41.
SR 293 was originally the state designation for the new section of US 41 from Cartersville to Kennesaw in the 1950s, with SR 3 remaining on the old US 41. SR 293 and SR 3 switched places in the late 1950s. In the early 1970s, SR 293 was expanded west from Cartersville to Rome, replacing SR 20 (which moved to the new four-lane US 411, which was built in the 1960s).
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It is expected that the SR 293 will either be dropped south of SR 61/113 in Cartersville, or rerouted east on the current SR 113 (Main Street) going to I-75 in place of the current SR 113 which will be rerouted to the south.