Mountain Waters Scenic Byway

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Mountain Waters Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 64.5 mi[1] (103.8 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 64 / NC 28 in Highlands
North end: NC 28 in Almond
Counties: Macon, Swain
Highway system

The Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is a 64.5-mile (103.8 km) National Forest Scenic Byway that traverses through the Nantahala National Forest, in Western North Carolina. It features two river gorges, hardwood forests and countryside vistas.

Route description[edit]

The first part of this 64.5-mile (103.8 km) byway follows the combined route of U.S. 64 and NC 28 from Highlands, North Carolina to Franklin, North Carolina and features views of the Cullasaja Gorge, the Cullasaja River and numerous waterfalls, including:

From Franklin, the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway follows SR 1442 to the west, climbing through Wayah Gap (elevation: 4,180 ft) on the way to Nantahala Lake and then to the community of Aquone. From Aquone, SR 1442 follows the Nantahala River to Beechertown, where it joins U.S. 19/74, which the byway follows to its ending point in the community of Lauada. The route from Aquone to Lauada features the Nantahala Gorge.[2]


Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Macon Highlands 0.0 0.0 US 64 east / NC 28 south – Cashiers, Walhalla Scenic byway southern terminus
0.3 0.5 NC 106 south (Dillard Road) – Dillard
Franklin 17.1 27.5 US 23 north / US 441 north / NC 28 north – Sylva North end of US 23/US 441/NC 28 overlap
19.3 31.1
US 23 south / US 441 south / US 441 Bus. north – Clayton, Atlanta
South end of US 23/US 441 overlap
  23.1 37.2 US 64 west – Hayesville, Murphy West end of US 64 overlap
Beechertown 51.2 82.4 US 19 south / US 74 west – Andrews, Murphy South end of US 19 and west end of US 74 overlap
Swain Almond 63.3 101.9 US 19 north / US 74 east / NC 28 south – Bryson City North end of US 19, east end of US 74 and south end of NC 28 overlap
64.5 103.8 NC 28 north – Robbinsville, Fontana Scenic byway northern terminus; continuation as NC 28
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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