North Carolina Scenic Byways

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North Carolina Scenic Byways
Interstate 26 markerU.S. Route 64 markerNC 143 marker
Highway markers for Interstate 26, US Highway 64 and State Highway 143
Highway names
Interstates: Interstate X (I-X)
US Routes: US Highway X (US X)
State: North Carolina Highway X (NC X)
System links

The North Carolina Scenic Byways consists of roads in the state of North Carolina that travel through areas of scenic, historic, and cultural significance. The intent of this system is to provide travelers with a safe an interesting alternate route.

Blue Ridge Parkway[edit]

The parkway near Grandfather Mountain

The Blue Ridge Parkway is considered the original scenic byway. The parkway's 252 miles (406 km) in North Carolina are recognized as an "All American Road" for its spectacular mountain and valley vistas, waterfalls, and colorful flower and foliage displays. Various activities are available along the route and five campgrounds for overnight visitors. The highest point is at Richland-Balsam Gap at 6,053 feet (1,845 m).[1]


National scenic byway[edit]

Region Name Highways Notes
Mountain Cherohala Skyway NC 143
Mountain Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway US 276 / NC 215
Coastal Plain Outer Banks Scenic Byway US 70 / NC 12

State scenic byway[edit]

Region Name Image Description mi km References
Mountain Waterfall Byway Follows Harshaw Road (SR 1558), Brasstown Road (SR 1134), Old US 64 (SR 1100), Settawig Road (SR 1135) and US 64. Named for the 200 waterfalls that surround the route, it passes by notable sites including the Cullasaja Gorge, Highlands, Cashiers and Lake Toxaway.

Tractor-Trailers are prohibited on this road and it is also not recommended for recreational vehicles or buses.

98.0 157.7
Mountain Nantahala Byway US 19 / US 74 / US 129 43.0 69.2
Mountain Indian Lakes Scenic Byway US 129 / NC 28 60.0 96.6
Mountain Whitewater Way NC 281 9.0 14.5
Mountain Appalachian Medley US 25 / US 70 / NC 209 / NC 213 45.0 72.4
Mountain French Broad Overview
US 25 Bus. / US 70 Bus. / NC 251
17.0 27.4
Mountain Historic Flat Rock Scenic Byway US 25 8.3 13.4
Mountain Drovers Road US 74A 16.5 26.6
Mountain Black Mountain Rag Follows US 64, from Edneyville to Lake Lure and NC 9, from Bat Cave to Black Mountain. The byway connects Chimney Rock State Park, Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. It is named after old fiddle tune, the Black Mountain Rag, for its full of twists, turns, ups and downs.

This byway is not recommended for recreational vehicles or buses.

31.0 49.9
Mountain Pacolet River Byway US 176 10.0 16.1
Mountain South Mountain Scenery NC 226 33.0 53.1
Mountain Mission Crossing NC 194 17.0 27.4
Mountain Little Parkway US 221 18.0 29.0
Mountain New River Valley Byway NC 88 / NC 194 35.0 56.3
Mountain I-26 Scenic Highway I‑26 / US 23 9.0 14.5
Mountain U.S. 421 Scenic Byway US 221 / US 421 8.0 12.9
Mountain Pisgah Loop Scenic Byway NC 181 / NC 183 47.0 75.6
Mountain Upper Yadkin Way NC 268 25.0 40.2
Piedmont Hanging Rock Scenic Byway NC 66 / NC 89 38.0 61.2
Piedmont Colonial Heritage Byway
US 70 Bus. / NC 57 / NC 62 / NC 86
NC 150 / NC 751
92.0 148.1
Piedmont Football Road 37.0 59.5
Piedmont Crowders Mountain Drive NC 161 8.0 12.9
Piedmont Mill Bridge Scenic Byway NC 150 14.0 22.5
Piedmont Uwharrie Scenic Road NC 49 50.0 80.5
Piedmont Rolling Kansas Byway 9.0 14.5
Piedmont Pee Dee Valley Drive NC 24 / NC 27 / NC 73 14.0 22.5
Piedmont Grassy Island Crossing NC 109 26.0 41.8
Piedmont Sandhills Scenic Drive NC 24 / NC 27 / NC 73 46.0 74.0
Piedmont Birkhead Wilderness Route 14.0 22.5
Piedmont Flint Hill Ramble 5.0 8.0
Piedmont Indian Heritage Trail US 220 / NC 73 18.0 29.0
Piedmont Pottery Road NC 705
Piedmont Devil's Stompin' Ground Road NC 902 43.0 69.2
Piedmont North Durham Country Byway 27.0 43.5
Piedmont Averasboro Battlefield Scenic Byway NC 82 4.7 7.6
Piedmont Scots-Welsh Heritage Byway 10.0 16.1
Coastal Plain Blue-Gray Scenic Byway NC 58 82.0 132.0
Coastal Plain Meteor Lakes Byway NC 242 39.0 62.8
Coastal Plain Green Swamp Byway NC 211 53.0 85.3
Coastal Plain Brunswick Town Road 3.0 4.8
Coastal Plain Cape Fear Historic Byway
US 421 / US 17 Bus.
8.0 12.9
Coastal Plain Lafayette's Tour US 13 / US 158 / US 258 / NC 43
NC 58 / NC 125 / NC 137 / NC 561
NC 903
173.0 278.4
Coastal Plain Tar Heel Trace NC 42 / NC 124 / NC 125 / NC 142 53.0 85.3
Coastal Plain Edenton-Windsor Loop
US 13 / US 17 / US 13 Bus. / US 64 Bus.
NC 32 / NC 45 / NC 308
87.0 140.0
Coastal Plain Perquimans Crossing
US 17 Bus. / NC 37
3.0 4.8
Coastal Plain Pamlico Scenic Byway US 264 / NC 32 / NC 45 / NC 92
NC 99
127.0 204.4
Coastal Plain Alligator River Route
US 64 / US 64 Bus. / NC 94
71.0 114.3
Coastal Plain Roanoke Voyages Corridor US 64 9.0 14.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved 2011-01-04. 

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