North Carolina Highway 226
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||101.0 mi (162.5 km)|
|Existed:||1961 – present|
|South end:||US 29 near Grover|
| US 74 in Shelby
US 64 near Dysartsville
I‑40 near Marion
US 221 in Marion
US 70 in Marion
US 19E in Spruce Pine
|North end:||SR 107 at the Tennessee state line|
|Counties:||Cleveland, Rutherford, McDowell, Mitchell|
North Carolina Highway 226 (NC 226) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Just about running from the Tennessee border to the South Carolina border, NC 226 hooks most of central west NC with some of the bigger cities, such as Kings Mountain, Morganton and Marion. An alternate route of NC 226 known as NC 226A loops to the community of Little Switzerland before rejoining the parent route; it is the only alternate state route remaining in North Carolina.
In Mitchell County, NC 226 crosses under the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 330) and goes over the eastern Continental Divide. Through this section is NC 226A, an alternate route through more rugged mountain terrain.
The road then finds its way through some foothill towns in Cleveland County, the most major being Polkville. This is where NC 10 and NC 182 have termini with NC 226. After a nearly twenty-mile drive, NC 226 enters the county seat, Shelby. It overlaps US 74 for nearly four miles before branching off near NC 18.
After leaving US 74, NC 226 slowly makes its way through southern Cleveland County, ending at U.S. Route 29, approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) short of the South Carolina border. This is at the tiny border town of Grover
Established in 1961 as a renumbering of NC 26. In 1966, NC 226 was removed from downtown Shelby, rerouted from Earl Street onto US 74 Bypass to Polkville Road. In 1994, NC 226 was moved with US 221 onto a new bypass west of Marion, leaving US 221 Business. In 2000, NC 226 was realigned onto new road west of downtown Spruce Pine.
North Carolina Highway 26
|Location:||Grover–TN State Line|
|Length:||101.4 mi (163.2 km)|
The first NC 26 was established as an original state highway in 1921. It traversed from the South Carolina stat line, near Pineville, north along Park Road into downtown Charlotte. Leaving the downtown area via Statesville Avenue, it continued north through Huntersville, Davidson, Mooresville, Statesville, Elkin, Sparta, and finally Twin Oaks, before finally reaching the Virginia state line. In both border states, the highway continued with the number 26.
In 1927, US 21 was assigned to all of NC 26, except for a few miles south of Pineville. In 1933, US 521 was assigned to the remaining piece of NC 26. In 1934, the first NC 26 was decommissioned, completely replaced by both US 21 and US 521.
The second NC 26 was quickly reestablished in late 1934, replacing NC 19 from US 221 in Woodlawn, north through Little Switzerland, Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Red Hill, and then finally west to US 19W/US 23 in Sioux. In 1940, NC 26 was rerouted north from Red Hill to the Tennessee state line. Also in 1940, NC 26 was extended south, overlapping with US 221 to Marion; it then replaced NC 190 through Polkville and Shelby, ending at US 29 in Grover. Around 1947, NC 26 was moved onto new road bypassing Little Switzerland; the old route became NC 26A. In 1956, NC 26 was moved onto new road near Dysartville, removing a concurrency with US 64 and establishing one of the earliest grade-separated intersections in the state. In 1961, NC 26 was renumbered to NC 226, because of the coming establishment of Interstate 26.
|Cleveland||Grover||0.0||0.0||US 29 (M H Camp Highway) – Blacksburg, Kings Mountain||South Carolina state line is 300 feet (91 m) south of intersection|
|Patterson Springs||6.2||10.0||NC 180 south (Post Road) – Gaffney||South end of NC 180 overlap|
|7.7||12.4||NC 180 north (Post Road) – Morganton||North end of NC 180 overlap|
|Shelby||10.0||16.1||US 74 east (Dixon Boulevard) – Kings Mountain, Charlotte||East end of US 74 overlap|
|10.3||16.6||NC 150 (Dekalb Street)|
|10.5||16.9||NC 18 (Lafayette Street) – Shelby, Gaffney|
US 74 Bus. east (Warren Street)
|12.7||20.4||US 74 west (Dixon Boulevard) – Forest City, Columbus||West end of US 74 overlap|
|17.6||28.3||Double Shoals Road|
|Polkville||23.2||37.3||NC 182 east (Stagecoach Trail) – Lawndale|
|23.5||37.8||NC 10 east (Casar Road) – Casar||To South Mountains State Park|
|Rutherford||33.6||54.1||Bostic Sunshine Highway – Bostic|
|McDowell||40.9||65.8||US 64 – Rutherfordton, Morganton|
|Marion||51.5||82.9||I‑40 – Asheville, Morganton|
US 221 south / US 221 Bus. north (Rutherford Road) – Rutherfordton
|South end of US 221 overlap|
|55.0||88.5||Henderson Street – Downtown Marion|
|57.7||92.9||US 70 – Old Fort, Asheville||To Mount Mitchell State Park|
US 221 Bus. south (Main Street)
|To Lake James State Park|
|60.3||97.0||Toms Creek Road|
|Woodlawn||64.6||104.0||US 221 north – Linville||North end of US 221 overlap|
|65.8||105.9||NC 226A north|
|69.8||112.3||NC 226A south – Little Switzerland|
|Mitchell||69.9||112.5||Blue Ridge Parkway|
|Spruce Pine||74.5||119.9||US 19E north – Newland, Cranberry||North end of US 19E overlap|
|75.3||121.2||US 19E south – Estatoe, Burnsville||South end of US 19E overlap|
|78.1||125.7||Penland Road – Penland|
|81.8||131.6||NC 226A north (Mine Creek Road)|
|Bakersville||84.7||136.3||NC 261 north – Roan Mountain|
|Loafers Glory||87.2||140.3||NC 226A south – Micaville|
|Red Hill||90.2||145.2||NC 197 south – Burnsville||South end of NC 197 overlap|
|90.4||145.5||NC 197 north – Erwin||North end of NC 197 overlap|
|State line||101.0||162.5||SR 107 west – Johnson City|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- NC 226 Route Change (1966-01-07) (PDF) (Map). North Carolina Department of Transportation. January 7, 1966. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- NC 226 Route Change (2000-05-26) (PDF) (Map). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 26, 2000. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
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