North Carolina Highway 191

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NC 191
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 21.62 mi[2] (34.79 km)
Existed: 1921[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 25 in Hendersonville
  I‑26 / US 74 in Asheville
I‑40 in Asheville

Future I‑26 / I‑240 in Asheville
North end:
US 19 Bus. / US 23 Bus. in Asheville
Counties: Henderson, Buncombe
Highway system
NC 186 NC 194

North Carolina Highway 191 (NC 191) is a 21.62-mile (34.79 km) long south-to-north state highway in the western part of the U.S. state of North Carolina. It travels within portions of Henderson and Buncombe counties.

Route description[edit]

NC 191 begins at an intersection with US 25 Business (Asheville Highway) in the city of Hendersonville in Henderson County.[2] Named Haywood Road, it travels northwest from Hendersonville and enters the town of Mills River, where it meets NC 280 (Boylston Highway). NC 191 runs concurrent with NC 280 northward for a short distance before separating after approximately 1 mile (1.6 km).[2] The route continues north towards Asheville, leaving Henderson County and entering Buncombe County, before meeting the western terminus of NC 146 (Long Shoals Road) in the community of Avery Creek. Past Avery Creek, NC 191 intersects the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Parkway and All-American Road. The highway continues north into Venable, intersecting the eastern terminus of NC 112 (Sardis Road) and then I-26/US 74 at exit 33 as it reaches the outer limits of Asheville. Entering the city, NC 191 interchanges with I-40 (exit 47) and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) later, I-26/I-240 (exit 1B). NC 191 heads into the southwestern section of Asheville named Brevard Road. At just over 21.5 miles (34.6 km), the route reaches its northern end at US 19 Business/US 23 Business (Haywood Road).[2][1]


NC 191 is an original state highway.[1] In 1971, the highway was routed along modern-day I-240 from Brevard Road to Haywood Road, a highway that was previously unnumbered. As a result, Brevard Road became unnumbered north of the freeway. Around 1981, NC 191 was moved back onto Brevard Road to end where it currently does at US 19 Business/US 23 Business. The freeway became I-240.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Henderson Hendersonville 0.00 0.00
US 25 Bus. (Asheville Highway)
Southern terminus NC 191
Mills River 7.41 11.93 NC 280 west (Boylston Highway) – Brevard West end of NC 280 overlap
8.53 13.73 NC 280 east (Boylston Highway) – Asheville Regional Airport East end of NC 280 overlap
Buncombe Avery Creek 13.20 21.24 NC 146 east (Long Shoals Road) Western terminus NC 146
Bent Creek 15.65 25.19 Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville 17.69 28.47 NC 112 west (Sardis Road) Eastern terminus NC 112
18.30 29.45 I‑26 / US 74 – Hendersonville, Asheville Exit 33 (I-26/US 74)
20.03 32.24 I‑40 – Black Mountain, Canton Exit 47(I-40)
20.65 33.23
Future I‑26 / I‑240
Exit 1B (I-26/I-240)
21.64 34.83
US 19 Bus. / US 23 Bus. (Haywood Road)
Northern terminus NC 191
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Asheville alternate route[edit]

NC 191A
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Length: 1.8 mi[3] (2.9 km)
Existed: 1957–1960

North Carolina Highway 191A (NC 191A) was established as a concurrency with US 19A/US 23A along Haywood Road, between Hanover Street and Patton Avenue. The route existed only in the late 1950s.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d NC Roads: NC 191
  2. ^ a b c d e Overview Map North Carolina Route 191 (Map). Yahoo Maps. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  3. ^ Google (July 13, 2013). "North Carolina Highway 191A - Asheville". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 

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