North Carolina Highway 126

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NC Highway 126 marker

NC Highway 126
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 23.1 mi[1] (37.2 km)
Existed: 1940 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 70 in Nebo
East end: NC 181 in Morganton
Location
Counties: McDowell, Burke
Highway system
NC 125 NC 127

North Carolina Highway 126 (NC 126) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It runs from US 70, in Nebo, to NC 181, in Morganton.

Route description[edit]

NC 126 has changed little since it was established in 1940, thus the entire route has lots of curves as it bends around Lake James. It serves primarily to connect the people that live on the north-side of Lake James to Marion and Morganton; secondary as a scenic route and access to Lake James State Park.

Scenic byways[edit]

Pisgah Loop Scenic Byway is a 47-mile (76 km) loop byway, not recommended for recreational vehicles and bus with four-wheel drive required for unpaved portions. NC 126 makes up the southern section of the byway (5 miles (8.0 km)), it is noted for being part of the Overmountain Victory Trail Commemorative Motor Route and nearby Lake James State Park. Other roads and highways that make-up the loop are: Fish Hatchery Road (S.R. 1254 & 1240), NC 181, NC 183, and Old NC Highway 105 (S.R. 1238, the entire road is unpaved).[2]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
McDowell Nebo 0.0 0.0 US 70 – Marion, Morganton
Burke Morganton 23.1 37.2 NC 181 – Linville, Newland
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

History[edit]

In 1933, NC 126 was established between US 258/NC 12, near Snow Hill, to US 17/NC 30 Wilmar. It was quickly replaced by an extension of NC 102.[3]

The current NC 126 was established in 1940 as a renumbering of NC 105 from the community of Longtown[4] to the city of Morganton. In 1954, NC 126 was extended west, replacing NC 105 southern portion from Longtown to Nebo, while the northern section was decommissioned and exists today as unpaved road known as Old NC Highway 105.[3][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (April 27, 2015). "North Carolina Highway 126" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ a b "NCRoads.com: N.C. 126". Retrieved 2011-01-06. [self-published source][dead link]
  4. ^ "Longtown". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  5. ^ "NC State Hwy 126 Ends". Retrieved 2011-01-06. [self-published source][dead link]