U.S. Route 129 in North Carolina
|Auxiliary route of US 29|
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||64 mi (102 km)|
|Existed:||1934 – present|
|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|
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.
US 129 is part of two scenic byways in the state (indicated by a Scenic Byways sign).
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.
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.
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.
|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|
US 19 Bus. north (Hiwassee Street)
|9.4||15.1||US 64 east – Hayesville, Franklin||East end of US 64 overlap|
US 19 Bus. south (Andrews Road)
|Marble||18.3||29.5||NC 141 south|
US 19 Bus. north (Main Street) / Airport Road – Western Carolina Regional Airport
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|
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|
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
- Cheoah Dam
- Cheoah River
- Fontana Dam
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Interstate 3
- Little Tennessee River
- Nantahala Gorge
- Nantahala National Forest
- Nantahala River
- Santeetlah Dam
- Tail of the Dragon
- Google Inc. "US 129". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=N+Carolina+11+S%2FUS-129+S%2FUS-19+S%2FBlairseville+Hwy&daddr=35.473909,-83.920717&hl=en&geocode=Fd7cFQIdOiP9-g%3BFfVJHQIds3j_-g&mra=ls&sll=35.409759,-83.871346&sspn=0.104512,0.222988&ie=UTF8&ll=35.223185,-83.908081&spn=0.838018,1.783905&z=10. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
- "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved February 27, 2011.
- "NCRoads.com: U.S. 129". Retrieved February 27, 2011.
- Media related to U.S. Route 129 at Wikimedia Commons
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