North Carolina Highway 86

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NC 86 marker

NC 86
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 53 mi (85 km)
Existed: 1940[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 15 / US 501 / NC 54 in Chapel Hill
  I‑40 in Chapel Hill
I‑85 in Hillsborough
US 70 in Hillsborough
US 158 in Yanceyville
North end: SR 86 in Danville, VA
Counties: Orange, Caswell
Highway system
I‑85 NC 87

North Carolina Highway 86 runs north/south for 53 miles (85 km) through Caswell and Orange counties in North Carolina, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina to the Virginia state line at Danville, Virginia.

Route description[edit]

NC 86's northern terminus at the Virginia state line.

Orange County[edit]

NC 86 travels north from its southern terminus at US 15-501/NC 54 Bypass (Fordham Boulevard) in Chapel Hill, passing through the UNC campus, and the town center. Exiting Chapel Hill into rural Orange County, NC 86 meets I-40 before arriving in Hillsborough. There, the route meets I-85 and then joins NC 57 for about a mile through Hillsborough's central business district. Splitting to the northwest (signed north), NC 86 briefly joins NC 49 as they cross the Caswell County line.

Caswell County[edit]

Entering the small community of Prospect Hill, NC 86 splits from NC 49 and travels north toward Yanceyville. Just outside Yanceyville, NC 86 joins U.S. 158 and crosses NC 62. After passing through central Yanceyville, US 158 splits west while NC 86 continues north to the North CarolinaVirginia state line, where the route continues as State Route 86 and travels into Danville, Virginia.

Sign for SR 86 in Danville, Va.


Prior to 1940, this was numbered as NC 14. It was renumbered to match up with Virginia's State Route 86. Simultaneous with that change, the old NC 65 was renumbered as NC 14.

Old North Carolina Highway 86, (sometimes referred to as Old 86), is a highway that parallels North Carolina Highway 86. Heading from NC 54 near Carrboro, it follows northwest to Homestead/Dairyland Road near the unincorporated community of Calvander, North Carolina, it heads north paralleling Interstate 40 until the intersection at exit 261. Then intersecting Interstate 85, at exit 164, it ends at the intersection with U.S. Route 70 Business, and North Carolina Highway 86. The highway was moved to the more heavily-traveled corridor between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough in the 1950s.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Orange Chapel Hill 0.0 US 15 / US 501 / NC 54 (Fordham Boulevard) – Fearrington, Durham, Carrboro Southern terminus; Diamond interchange
5.6 I‑40 (Harriet Morehead Berry Freeway) – Burlington, Raleigh Diamond interchange; Exit 266
Hillsborough 12.3 I‑85 – Graham, Durham Diamond interchange; Exit 165
US 70 Bus. east
South end of concurrency with Business US 70
US 70 Bus. west (Corbin Street)
North end of concurrency with Business US 70
15.0 US 70 (Cornelius Street) – Burlington, Durham
15.3 NC 57 north – Caldwell, Roxboro Southern terminus of NC 57
27.2 NC 49 south – Haw River, Graham South end of concurrency with NC 49
Caswell Prospect Hill 27.7 NC 49 north – Roxboro North end of concurrency with NC 49
Hightowers 34.5 NC 119 – Mebane, Semora
39.2 US 158 east – Roxboro South end of concurrency with US 158
Yanceyville 42.1 -
NC 62 – Jericho, Milton Brief 0.2 mile concurrency
44.4 US 158 west – Casville North end of concurrency with US 158
Virginia state line 53.4 SR 86 north (Main Street) to US 29 / US 58 (Danville Expressway) – Danville Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Hillsborough truck route[edit]

NC 86 Truck
Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina
Length: 6.9 mi[2] (11.1 km)

North Carolina Highway 86 Truck (NC 86 Truck) is a bypass route for truck drivers that are traveling through the city of Hillsborough. This 6.9-mile (11.1 km) route goes west around the entire city, via I-85 (between exits 164 and 160), I-85 Connector and US 70. The routing is well marked throughout and there are warning signs for truck drivers, including "tolerance ends," for that continue through the city.


  1. ^ a b N.C. 85 to 89
  2. ^ Google (May 13, 2014). "NC 86 Truck - Hillsborough, North Carolina". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 

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