U.S. Route 129 in North Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 129 in North Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 129.

U.S. Route 129 marker

U.S. Route 129
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 29
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 64 mi[1] (102 km)
Existed: 1934 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 19 / US 129 / SR 11 at the GA line near Bellview
North end: US 129 / SR 115 at the TN line near Tapoco
Counties: Cherokee, Graham, Swain
Highway system
NC 128 NC 130

U.S. Route 129 is a north–south United States highway that runs for 63.6 miles (102.4 km) from the Georgia state line, near Bellview, to the Tennessee state line, near Tapoco.

Route description[edit]

US 129 begins at the Georgia state line overlapped with US 19; 4 miles (6.4 km) into North Carolina, it joins with US 64/US 74 in Ranger. From Ranger to Andrews, the highway is a 4-lane expressway that bypasses all the towns and communities along its route. At Topton, it diverges north to Robbinsville, after which it continues into Tennessee through Deals Gap.

Scenic byways[edit]

US 129 is part of two scenic byways in the state (indicated by a Scenic Byways sign).[2]

Nantahala Byway is an 43-mile (69 km) byway from Marble to Whittier; it is known for its scenic views of the Nantahala Gorge, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and the whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River . US 129 overlaps 15 miles (24 km) of the byway from Marble to Topton. The byway also overlaps with US 19 and US 74.[2]

Indian Lake Scenic Byway is an 60-mile (97 km) byway from Topton to Almond; it is known for scenic views along the banks of the Nantahala River, Little Tennessee River, and Cheoah River. It also features the Fontana Dam, Cheoah Dam, Santeetlah Dam, the grave of Junaluska, and the Tail of the Dragon. US 129 shares half the route with NC 28 (from Topton to Tapoco). This route is not recommended for recreational vehicles or buses.[2]


US 129 was established in 1934 as an extension from Georgia, following US 19 to Topton, where it replaced NC 108 through Robbinsville to Tennessee. The road has had minor alignment changes since its inception.[3]

From the late 1970s to 1983, US 129 Business once existed, in concurrency with US 19 Business, through Murphy.[3]

Junction list[edit]

"The Tail of the Dragon" on US 129
County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Cherokee State line 0.0 0.0 US 19 south / US 129 south / SR 11 south – Blairsville
Ranger 3.8 6.1 US 64 west / US 74 west – Cleveland West end of US 64/US 74 overlap
Murphy 9.0 14.5
US 19 Bus. north (Hiwassee Street)
9.4 15.1 US 64 east – Hayesville, Franklin East end of US 64 overlap
  12.2 19.6
US 19 Bus. south (Andrews Road)
Marble 18.3 29.5 NC 141 south
Andrews 23.6 38.0
US 19 Bus. north (Main Street) / Airport Road – Western Carolina Regional Airport
26.5 42.6
US 19 Bus. south (Main Street)
Graham Topton 33.5 53.9 US 19 north / US 74 east (Appalachian Highway) – Bryson City North end of US 19 and east end of US 74 overlap
Robbinsville 44.8 72.1
NC 143 Bus. west (Main Street)
West end of NC 143 Business overlap
45.0 72.4 NC 143 east (Sweetwater Road) – Fontana, Bryson City East end of NC 143 and NC 143 Business overlap
45.4 73.1
NC 143 Bus. east (Main Street)
  46.4 74.7 NC 143 west (Massey Branch Road) – Tellico Plains West end of NC 143 overlap, to Cherohala Skyway
Swain Tapoco 62.8 101.1 NC 28 south – Fontana, Bryson City
State line 63.6 102.4 US 129 north / SR 115 north – Maryville Crosses through Deals Gap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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