U.S. Route 25 in North Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 25 in North Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 25.

U.S. Route 25 marker

U.S. Route 25
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 75.4 mi[1] (121.3 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 25 at the SC line
 
North end: US 25 / US 70 / SR 9 at the TN line
Location
Counties: Henderson, Buncombe, Madison
Highway system
NC 24 I-26

U.S. Route 25 (US 25) is a north–south United States highway that runs for 75.4 miles (121.3 km) from the South Carolina state line, near Tuxedo, to the Tennessee state line, near Hot Springs.

Route description[edit]

US 25 along Broadway Avenue

US 25 enters from South Carolina between Frank and Panther Mountains (part of the Saluda Mountains) and also changes from an expressway to freeway. The first 9 miles (14 km) of US 25 is solo, bypassing the smaller communities of Tuxedo, Zirconia, Flat Rock and East Flat Rock. Its original alignment in the area is NC 225 and US 25 Bus. through Hendersonville, before it was signed along Corridor W, part of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).[2]

At exit 9, US 25 merges with I-26/US 74 and goes northwesterly, crossing the Eastern Continental Divide (elevation 2,130 feet (650 m)), at the Crest Road overpass (SR 1803). In Hendersonville, it connects with US 64, which connect travelers to nearby Chimney Rock, Lake Lure and Brevard.

At I-26's exit 44, US 25 splits from I-26/US 74 and onto a four-lane road through Fletcher. In Arden, US 25A begins, providing a 8.5-mile (13.7 km) alternate route that avoids Skyland and Biltmore Forest; the intersection also begins the Asheville city limit, which encompasses everything between US 25 and US 25A. Between Skyland and Biltmore Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses over US 25 with access roads along both north and southbound lanes. US 25 enters Asheville proper near I-40; passing underneath, it enters the Biltmore Village, where US 25A merges back and the Biltmore Estate is located. Passing over the Swannanoa River, US 25 enters the downtown area along McDowell Street then onto Southside Avenue and Biltmore Avenue. US 25 goes through the center of Asheville, which is marked by on Obelisk to Zebulon Baird Vance. From the city center, it continues on Broadway Street to I-240, where it switches onto Merrimon Avenue. At Beaver Lake, the road drops form four to two-lane for 1.7 miles (2.7 km) before merging with Future I-26/US 19/US 23/US 70, in Woodfin; Merrimon Avenue continues on as Weaverville Road, bannered as US 19 Bus.

US 25 has a short 4.3-mile (6.9 km) concurrency with Future I-26/US 19/US 23, before continuing northwest, on a four-lane expressway with US 70, in Weaverville. US 25/US 70 bypasses north of Marshall, with Business US 25/US 70 utilizing the original route through town. Northwest of Marshall, US 25/US 70 drops from four to two-lane, which it will remain for the rest of its routing through North Carolina. Entering the Pisgah National Forest near Walnut, US 25/US 70 go westerly, crossing the French Broad River in Hot Springs, then crossing through the Bald Mountains into Tennessee.

Scenic byways[edit]

US 25 is part of two scenic byways in the state (indicated by a Scenic Byways sign).[3]

French Broad Overview is an 17-mile (27 km) byway from Weaverville to Marshall; it is known for its scenic views along the French Broad River. The byway begins at the Monticello Road intersection in Weaverville, where it connects with NC 251 along the banks of the French Broad River; it continues north, switching to US 25/70 Business into Marshall and it back along US 25/70.[3]

Appalachian Medley is an 45-mile (72 km) byway from near Lake Junaluska to Walnut; it is known for several recreational areas, the Appalachian Trail, and its scenic mountain drive. US 25/70 is on 10 miles (16 km) of the byway from Walnut to Hot Springs, where it continues via NC 209.[3]

History[edit]

Established as an original U.S. Route (1926), US 25 followed NC 29 from South Carolina, through Tuxedo, Flat Rock, Hendersonville, and Biltmore Forest, to Asheville. In the downtown area, US 25 links-up with U.S. Route 70 in North Carolina/NC 20 on College Street; it then proceeds north along Merrimon Avenue out of the city. Following Old Marshall Highway to Marshall, it continues along the same route as today into Tennessee. In 1929, NC 29 was replaced by an extension of NC 69; in 1934, both NC 20 and NC 69 were dropped from the route.[4][5]

Around 1933, US 25 was rerouted along McDowell Street from Biltmore Avenue. During the mid-1950s, US 25 was split onto one-way streets in Hendersonville (northbound King Street/southbound Main Street); by the early 1960s, southbound traffic moved onto College Street, replacing US 25 Alternate (originally established sometime in 1939-1944 as a bypass through the main roads of town).[4]

In 1960, a bypass north around Marshall was completed, old route through town became US 25 Business (along with US 70). Around 1969, the community of Walnut was bypassed. In 1981, US 25 was moved onto the existing US 19/US 23 freeway north of Asheville, it then went onto new 4-lane road west of Weaverville; the most of the old route was replaced by NC 251.[4]

In 1974, US 25 was placed onto new expressway between Zirconia to the South Carolina state line, the old route would later become part of NC 225 in 1998. In September, 2003, US 25 was rerouted onto I-26/US 74, bypassing Flat Rock and Hendersonville, then replacing part of NC 225 that bridged the connection from the interstate to Zirconia. The old route was replaced by NC 225 through Flat Rock and US 25 Business through Hendersonville via US 176.[4]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Henderson State line 0.0 0.0 US 25 south – Greenville
  1.1 1.8 1 NC 225 north (Bobs Creek Road)
  3.2 5.1 3 Green River Road – Tuxedo
Zirconia 5.4 8.7 5 NC 225 – Tuxedo, Flat Rock
East Flat Rock 7.1 11.4 7
US 176 / US 25 Bus. north – Saluda, East Flat Rock, Hendersonville
  8.9 14.3 8 I‑26 east / US 74 east – Columbus, Spartanburg East end of I-26/US 74 overlap
Hendersonville 10.1 16.3 53 Upward Road – Hendersonville
13.6 21.9 49 US 64 – Hendersonville, Bat Cave Signed as exits 49A (east) and 49B (west); cloverleaf interchange
Fletcher 19.3 31.1 44
I‑26 west / US 74 west / US 25 Bus. south – Asheville, Hendersonville
West end of I-26/US 74 overlap
Buncombe Arden 23.9 38.5 US 25A north (Sweeten Creek Road) / NC 280 west (Airport Road) – Asheville Regional Airport
Skyland 25.8 41.5 NC 146 west (Long Shoals Road)
Biltmore Forest 28.3 45.5 Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville 31.2 50.2 I‑40 – Hickory, Statesville, Knoxville
31.9 51.3 US 25A south to NC 81 (Brook Street) At intersection to Biltmore Estate
34.5 55.5 I‑240 / US 70 / US 74A (Billy Graham Freeway)
Woodfin 38.8 62.4 23
Future I‑26 east / US 19 south / US 23 south / US 70 east – Asheville

US 19 Bus. north (Weaverville Highway) – Weaverville
East end of Future I-26/US 70 and south end of US 19/US 23 overlap
Brief overlap with US 19 Business
40.8 65.7 21 New Stock Road – Weaverville
Weaverville 43.0 69.2 19
Future I‑26 west / US 19 north / US 23 north – Johnson City
West end of Future I-26 overlap, north end of US 19/US 23 overlap
Madison   50.0 80.5
US 25 Bus. north / US 70 Bus. west (Ivy River Road) – Marshall
  51.8 83.4 NC 251 south (Tillery Branch Road)
  53.1 85.5 NC 213 east (Hayes Run Road) – Mars Hill East end of NC 213 overlap
Marshall 55.2 88.8
US 25 Bus. south / US 70 Bus. east (Main Street) – Marshall
Walnut 58.9 94.8 NC 213 west – Walnut West end of NC 213 overlap
Hurricane 64.4 103.6 NC 208 north – Greeneville
Hot Springs 69.6 112.0 NC 209 south (Lance Avenue) – Lake Junaluska
State line 75.4 121.3 US 25 north / US 70 west / SR 9 west – Newport
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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