North Carolina Highway 86
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||53 mi (85 km)|
|Existed:||1940 – present|
|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|
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.
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.
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 Carolina–Virginia state line, where the route continues as State Route 86 and travels into Danville, Virginia.
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.
|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|
|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
Hillsborough truck route
|Location:||Hillsborough, North Carolina|
|Length:||6.9 mi (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.