North Carolina Highway 22

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NC 22 marker

NC 22
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 59.4 mi (95.6 km)
Existed: 1934 – present
Major junctions
North end: NC 62 in Climax
  US 64 in Ramseur
US 15 / US 501 in Carthage
South end: NC 2 in Southern Pines
Counties: Guilford, Randolph, Chatham, Moore
Highway system
US 21 US 23

North Carolina Highway 22 (or NC 22) is a North Carolina state highway that runs in the central-north part of the state. It runs between Southern Pines and Climax. The route is signed north–south, and is 59 miles (95 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

The route's northern terminus is in the community of Climax at NC 62 in Guilford County. Shortly after beginning, the route crosses into Randolph County. Running southward as a two-lane road, NC 22 goes through the town of Franklinville and enters Ramseur, where it meets US 64/NC 49. Continuing south out of Ramseur, NC 22 joins NC 42 in the small community of Coleridge. The dual numbered road then continues southeasterly through the community of Bennett in Chatham County where it meets a terminus of NC 902. Shortly after, NC 22 splits from NC 42 and runs south into Moore County.

After crossing the Deep River, NC 22 meets NC 24/NC 27. From that intersection, the three routes become cosigned for a five-mile (8 km) stretch into Carthage. NC 22 splits from NC 24 and NC 27 in Carthage after looping around the Moore County courthouse. Exiting Carthage as McNeill Street, NC 22 joins US 15/501 for a one-mile (1.6 km) stretch before running independently to its southern terminus at NC 2 in Southern Pines. The route ends just shy of NC 2's interchange with U.S. 1.

Nearby landmarks[edit]


Original NC 22[edit]

  • 1925: NC 22 is realigned coming out of Fayetteville, now going straight southward through Lumberton and then to the South Carolina state border, where it becomes SC 23.
  • 1927: US 217's new routing makes the entire NC 22 route also part of that highway.
  • 1932: US 301 replaces US 217 on NC 22.
  • 2004: A seven-mile (11 km) segment of NC 22 north of Climax is truncated as a result of the construction of the I-85 Greensboro Bypass. NC 22's former northern terminus at US 421 was eliminated. This truncated segment of NC 22 went through the town Pleasant Garden.[1]

Current route[edit]

  • 1934: With US 301's entire route being NC 22, the number could be better assigned elsewhere. With the arrival of US 64, NC 22 was reassigned to NC 64. It was then a much shorter highway, running from NC 27 in Carthage to US 421 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • 1952: NC 22's southern end is aligned to its current ending in Southern Pines.
  • 2004: NC 22 is shortened just east of 421 to NC 62 in Climax. Apparently, I-85's reconstruction in the Greensboro highway cut off the road from US 421.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Moore Southern Pines 0.0 NC 2 (Midland Road) – Pinehurst Southern terminus
Carthage 8.3 US 15 south / US 501 south – Pinehurst, Aberdeen South end of concurency with US 15/501
9.2 US 15 north / US 501 north – Sanford North end of concurrency with US 15/501
11.3 NC 24 east / NC 27 east (Monroe Street) – Cameron South end of concurrency with NC 24/27
Parkwood 16.4 NC 24 west / NC 27 west – Biscoe North end of concurrency with NC 24/27
Chatham 27.2 NC 42 east – Sanford South end of concurrency with NC 42
Bennett 28.5 NC 902 east – Bear Creek, Pittsboro Western terminus of NC 902
Randolph Coleridge 36.6 NC 42 west – Asheboro North end of concurrency with NC 42
Ramseur 44.3 US 64 east / NC 49 north (Jordan Road) – Siler City, Liberty South end of concurrency with US 64 and NC 49
44.5 US 64 west / NC 49 south (Jordan Road) – Asheboro North end of concurrency with US 64 and NC 49
Guilford Climax 59.4 NC 62 – High Point, Archdale, Julian Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ NCRoads Annex - NC 19-23
  2. ^ State Ends - NC 22