North Carolina Highway 268

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NC 268 marker

NC 268
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 90.3 mi[1] (145.3 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 321 near Happy Valley
  US 421 in Wilkesboro
US 21 in Elkin
I‑77 in Elkin
US 601 in Fairview Crossroads
US 52 in Pilot Mountain
NC 66 near Gap
East end: NC 89 near Moores Springs
Counties: Caldwell, Wilkes, Surry, Stokes
Highway system

North Carolina Highway 268 (NC 268) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It connects many communities as it traverses through the northwestern North Carolina mountains and foothills.

Route description[edit]

Caldwell and Wilkes counties[edit]

NC 268 begins in the west at an intersection with US 321 a few miles north of Lenoir in Caldwell County. From its western terminus, the route heads on a curvy northeasterly path roughly following the Yadkin River. Entering Wilkes County, it follows the southern shoreline of the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and continues into the county seat of Wilkesboro. Before entering downtown Wilkesboro, the route has an interchange with US 421/NC 16 and meets NC 18. NC 268 joins NC 18 for a short concurrency through downtown North Wilkesboro, joining the business route of US 421 across a bridge over the Yadkin River into North Wilkesboro. NC 18 and NC 268 split from US 421 Business in central North Wilkesboro, pass by the western terminus of NC 115 and continue north one mile (1.6 km) before separating. NC 268 continues independently east roughly paralleling the Yadkin River through the town of Ronda on its way to the Surry County line.

Surry and Stokes counties[edit]

Just shy of the Wilkes-Surry county line near Pleasant Hill, NC 268 splits onto a business route and a bypass route. NC 268 Bypass is an expressway that passes through northern Elkin while NC 268 Business goes through downtown/southern Elkin. The bypass route meets the business route of US 21 (North Bridge Street) and has an interchange with US 21 Bypass before meeting I-77 (exit 85) in northeast Elkin. NC 268 Bypass passes through the I-77 interchange, continuing east along C.C. Camp Road to rejoin its business partner just west of the junction of the Mitchell River and the Yadkin River at the Burch community.

The mainline NC 268 highway then ventures northeast from this point through the community of Little Richmond to meet US 601 at Fairview Crossroads, just south of Dobson. Passing through the crossroads, the route returns to an easterly path and crosses the Fisher River before passing through the communities of Level Cross and Pine Hill. NC 268 then crosses the Ararat River and passes to the north of Pilot Mountain to meet US 52 (Future I-74) in the town of Pilot Mountain. NC 268 passes through the town and crosses the county line into Stokes County. The final eastern segment of NC 268 is a curvy one through the Sauratown Mountains, crossing NC 66 to end at NC 89 north of Moores Springs and northwest of Danbury.


Junction list[edit]

Bannered routes[edit]

North Wilkesboro alternate route[edit]

NC 268A
Location: North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Length: 0.18 mi[2] (0.3 km)
Existed: 1940–present
NCDOT county map (revised 2009) identifying NC 268A

North Carolina Highway 268 Alternate (NC 268A) was established in 1940 as a renumbering of NC 268. This short .18-mile (0.29 km) route serves as a cutoff between NC 268 and NC 18; it is four-lane throughout. Signage at the location only indicate it as part of NC 268; however, NCDOT county maps identify it specifically as NC 268A.[3]

Elkin business loop[edit]

NC 268 Business
Location: Elkin, North Carolina
Length: 7.8 mi[4] (12.6 km)
Existed: 2002–present

North Carolina Highway 268 Business (NC 268 Bus) was established in 2002 as a renumbering of NC 268 through downtown Elkin, via Elkin Highway, Bridge Street (with short concurrency with US 21 Bus), Market Street and Main Street.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google Inc. "North Carolina Highway 268". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-81.4431105+to:36.2114125,-81.0519589+to:36.3367443,-80.6979805+to:NC-268+E&hl=en&ll=36.211039,-80.925293&spn=0.955121,1.783905&sll=36.002452,-81.485596&sspn=0.478832,0.891953&geocode=FSUHJQIddGkj-w%3BFTw6JgId2kYl-ym5ablFERxRiDEdG744-dATxQ%3BFdSKKAIdyj4r-ykp5bbG6nZRiDF4sFj4FHQigA%3BFWh0KgIdhKUw-ym7mRd8ny5SiDEnrGHRTYNjKQ%3BFVIoLAIdy_A2-w&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=11&via=1,2,3&t=p&z=10. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Google Inc. "NC 268A - North Wilkesboro". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-81.138453&spn=0.030172,0.055747&sll=36.178796,-81.140234&sspn=0.015086,0.027874&geocode=FfoOKAIdT9sp-w%3BFekLKAIdmtEp-w&t=p&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=16&z=15. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  3. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (October 29, 2009) (PDF). Wilkes County (Map). Enlarged Municipal and Suburban Areas inset. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Google Inc. "NC 268 Bus - Elkin". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-80.831557+to:NC-268+Bypass+E%2FState+Rd+1138%2FCC+Camp+Rd&hl=en&ll=36.262061,-80.826244&spn=0.060279,0.111494&sll=36.277294,-80.773426&sspn=0.007274,0.008862&geocode=FbopKQIdRuct-w%3BFWsiKQIdu5su-yl33p0w839RiDG8WtG6eQUFxg%3BFWmOKQIdLn0v-w&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=17&t=p&z=14&via=1. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Route Changes (2002-09-16)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 16, 2002. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 

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