North Carolina Highway 9

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"NC 9" redirects here. NC 9 may also refer to North Carolina's 9th congressional district.

NC 9 marker

NC 9
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 46.5 mi (74.8 km)
Existed: 1938 – present
Major junctions
South end: SC 9 at SC line near Landrum
  US 74 in Beulah
US 64 / US 74A in Lake Lure
I‑40 in Black Mountain
US 70 in Black Mountain
North end: Montreat Road near Montreat
Counties: Buncombe, Henderson, Rutherford, Polk
Highway system
NC 8 NC 10

NC 9 is a 45-mile (72 km) North Carolina state highway. It serves as a connector route from S.C. Highway 9 to eastern portions of the Appalachians around Asheville.

Route description[edit]

As mentioned, NC 9 meets SC 9 at the state border. SC 9 is one of South Carolina's most important state highways, although it is less so in North Carolina. NC. 9 begins in Polk County south of the Green Creek community.

NC 9 is co-signed with US 64/74A in the city of Lake Lure. This is about 10 miles (16 km) north of the southern terminus.

After crossing into Buncombe County NC 9 crosses over the Eastern Continental Divide at Lakey Gap and crosses I-40 at exit 64.

The 18-mile (29 km) stretch of NC 9 from Bat Cave north to Black Mountain has been designated as a North Carolina Scenic Highway. In addition to beautiful scenery, it is hilly, twisty and has some steep grades. A sign heading south from Black Mountain points out that heavy trucks are prohibited.

The highway runs through the town of Black Mountain, North Carolina (15 miles east of Asheville). Nearly 3 miles (4.8 km) after crossing I-40, NC 9 ends at the vaulted archway entrance to the town of Montreat.


1930-1937: There was a previous NC 9 before the current day routing and was known as Leesville Road. The first 9 dates from about 1930, and ran from Raleigh northwest to Durham. Today, part of that road is U.S. 70. It ran in conjunction with US 15A through downtown Raleigh in front of the Capitol Building. The original NC 9 lasted until late 1937, when it was renumbered as US 70A.

1938: NC 9 in Raleigh is renumbered, while NC 192 is renumbered to NC 9 from the SC Border to Lake Lure, and renumbering NC 119 from Chimney Rock Park (just north of Lake Lure) area north to Montreat. The number was chosen because of the SC 9 renumbering in early 1938.

1972: An I-40-related rerouting just south of downtown Black Mountain in 1972. In the years before the Interstate was built 9 entered town along Black Mountain Avenue, proceeding east onto Sutton Avenue before continuing north on Broadway Street. With the completion of I-40, NC 9 followed an extension of Broadway Street. This is the last major change.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Polk State line 0.0 0.0 SC 9 south – Valley Falls, Spartanburg
Beulah 8.3 13.4 US 74 – Asheville, Charlotte Diamond interchange
Mill Spring 11.4 18.3 NC 108 – Columbus, Rutherfordton
Rutherford Lake Lure 20.3 32.7 US 64 east / US 74A east (Memorial Highway) – Rutherfordton East end of concurrency with US 64/US 74A
Henderson Bat Cave 27.5 44.3 US 64 west (Chimney Rock Road) – Hendersonville West end of concurrency with US 64
27.7 44.6 US 74A west (Gerton Highway) – Asheville West end of concurrency with US 74A
Buncombe Black Mountain 44.4 71.5 I‑40 – Asheville, Morganton Exit 64; Partial cloverleaf interchange
44.9 72.3 US 70 (State Street) – Asheville, Old Fort
Montreat 46.5 74.8 Montreat Road, town entrance Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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