Georgia State Route 15

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State Route 15 marker

State Route 15
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 346.0 mi[1] (556.8 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 1 / US 23 / US 301 / SR 15/ SR 4 at Florida state line, southeast of Folkston
  US 1 / US 341 / SR 4 / SR 27 in Baxley
US 1 / SR 4 / SR 29 south-southwest of Lyons
I‑16 near Soperton
I‑20 near Greensboro
US 129 / US 441 / SR 24 north-northwest of Watkinsville
US 29 / US 78 / SR 10 Loop in Athens
US 129 / SR 8 / SR 10 Loop in Athens
I‑85 near Commerce
North end: US 23 / US 441 at the North Carolina state line north of Dillard
Counties: Charlton, Brantley, Pierce, Appling, Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel, Johnson, Washington, Hancock, Greene, Oconee, Clarke, Jackson, Banks, Habersham, Rabun
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 14 I‑16

State Route 15 (SR 15) is a 346-mile-long (557 km) state highway that travels south-to-north across the entire length of the U.S. state of Georgia, east of its centerline. It connects the Florida state line, southeast of Folkston with the North Carolina state line, north-northeast of Dillard, via Vidalia, Sandersville, Athens, Demorest, and Clayton.

Route description[edit]

SR 15 enters Georgia just south of Folkston as a four-lane highway, along with US 1, US 23, US 301, and SR 4. Just north of Folkston, US 301 branches off to the north while the other four routes plus SR 121, head northwest. After about ten miles, State Routes 15 and 121 also branch off from US 1/US 23/SR 4, as a two-lane highway, crossing US 82/SR 520 (South Georgia Parkway) in Hoboken. The two state routes continue northwest through Blackshear, where they cross US 84. After that, the two state routes continue to stay together, heading north through the community of Bristol. Soon after, SR 121 branches off to the north while SR 15 heads northwest to rejoin US 1 and SR 4 at Baxley. North of Baxley, the three routes continue, remaining a four-lane highway all the way to the Altamaha River. Approximately ten miles past the river crossing, SR 15 branches off to the northwest again, where SR 29 begins and follows SR 15. At Vidalia, State Routes 15 and 29 turn west and follow US 280 for several miles to the community of Higgston. The two routes head north from there through the community of Tarrytown and then on to Soperton. SR 29 heads northwest of Soperton while SR 15, along with SR 78, continues north, intersecting with I-16, and goes to Adrian. The two state routes continue northwest to Wrightsville, where SR 78 departs eastward. SR 15 continues by itself through the adjacent cities of Tennille and Sandersville. Through these cites, most of SR 15 has been widened to four lanes, and it briefly picks up SR 24. North of Sandersville, SR 15 crosses the Fall Line Freeway and then heads north through the community of Warthen and onto Sparta. Through Sparta, SR 15 makes a few turns, briefly picking up SR 16 and SR 22. North of Sparta, it picks up SR 77, and continues north through White Plains and Siloam. At Siloam, SR 77 departs to the north while SR 15 continues northwest to Greensboro, passing beneath I-20, but without direct access. In Greensboro, SR 15 makes two more turns, briefly following US 278 through downtown. SR 15 continues northwest to Watkinsville, after which it joins US 441 and remain together as a mostly four-lane highway throughout the rest of their course in Georgia.

The two routes, along with several others, circle around the east side of Athens along the Athens Perimeter freeway and head north through the town of Nicholson and around the east side of Commerce via a bypass. The highways then interchange with I-85, and head between the towns of Baldwin and Cornelia, where they become a limited access freeway for a short time and rejoin US 23. The three routes remain together and head through the cities of Tallulah Falls, Clayton, and Dillard before crossing into North Carolina.

The entire length of SR 15 is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[2][3]


Old GA SR 15 signage along Lumpkin Street at the intersection of Milledge Avenue, which is now the alternate route of GA SR 15..jpg
Old SR 15 signage along Lumpkin Street at the intersection of Milledge Avenue in Five Points, which is now the alternate route of SR 15.

In Athens, SR 15 has followed several routes prior to its current alignment with Paul Broun Parkway. It originally was aligned with US 129 along Milledge and Prince Avenue to make its way to Jefferson. SR 24 was paired with US 441 along the current route of SR 15 between Athens and Commerce. [4] It followed this route until both US 441 and US 129 were paired with Paul Broun Parkway, but had an alternate routing along Lumpkin Street and what is now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. When the main route was shifted to the bypass, this alternate route took the place of the original, eventually pairing with US 129 to Jefferson, while the main route now replaced SR 24 along US 441 from Watkinsville to Commerce.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Charlton 0.0 0.0 US 1 south / US 23 south / US 301 south (SR 15) – Hilliard, Jacksonville Florida state line
Folkston SR 40 east (Main Street) to I‑95 – Kingsland
Love Street former SR 252 east
SR 23 south / SR 121 south – St. George south end of SR 23 / SR 121 overlap
SR 40 Conn. east (Cross Street) – Kingsland, White Oak, D. Ray James Prison
Homeland US 301 north / SR 23 north – Nahunta, Jesup Northern end of US 301/SR 23 concurrency
Racepond US 1 north / US 23 north / SR 4 north – Waycross Northern end of US 1/US 23/SR 4 concurrency
Brantley Hoboken US 82 / SR 520 (Main Street) – Waycross, Nahunta, Laura S. Walker State Park
Pierce Blackshear US 84 / SR 38 – Waycross, Patterson
SR 203 north (Strickland Avenue) – Alma Southern terminus of SR 203
Bristol SR 32 – Alma, Patterson
Appling SR 121 north – Surrency Northern end of SR 121 concurrency
SR 203 – Alma, Jesup
Baxley US 1 south / SR 4 south – Airport Southern end of US 1/SR 4 concurrency
US 341 / SR 27 (Parker Street) – Hazlehurst, Jesup
North Main Street - Glennville former SR 144 east
Toombs English Eddy SR 147 east – Reidsville Western terminus of SR 147
Toombs Central SR 56 – Uvalda, Reidsville
South Thompson US 1 north / SR 4 north – Lyons Southern terminus of SR 29, southern end of SR 29 concurrency, northern end of US 1/SR 4 concurrency
Vidalia US 280 east (1st Street) / SR 30 east south end of US 280/SR 30 concurrency
SR 130 (Adams Street) – Uvalda
Montgomery Higgston US 280 west / SR 30 west / SR 135 south (James Street) – Mount Vernon, Uvalda north end of US 280/SR 30 concurrency
SR 292 east – Vidalia, Lyons Western terminus of SR 292
Kibbee Ailey former SR 227 south
Treutlen Soperton US 221 south / SR 56 south (Second Street) / SR 29 north (Main Street) to I‑16 – Dublin, Mount Vernon Southern end of US 221/SR 56 concurrency, northern end of SR 29 concurrency
US 221 north / SR 56 north (North Second Street) / SR 78 south (Louisiana Avenue) – Swainsboro, Metter Northern end of US 221/SR 56 concurrency, southern end of SR 78 concurrency
SR 46 (Metter Road) – Eastman, Metter
I‑16 (SR 404) – Macon, Savannah I-16 exit 71
Blackville SR 86 – East Dublin, Oak Park
county line
Adrian US 80 / SR 26 (Main Street) – East Dublin, Swainsboro
Johnson Wrightsville SR 57 east (East College Street) – Kite, Swainsboro Southern end of SR 57 concurrency
US 319 / SR 31 south / SR 78 north (Elm Street) – Dublin, Wadley, Bartow, Midville, East Dublin Northern terminus of SR 31, northern end of SR 78 concurrency
SR 57 west (Trilby Street) – Irwinton, Macon Northern end of SR 57 concurrency
Washington SR 231 north – Harrison Southern terminus of SR 231
Tennille SR 68 west – Oconee, Irwinton Southern end of SR 68 concurrency
SR 68 east (South Central Avenue) – Milledgeville, Macon Northern end of SR 68 concurrency
Sandersville SR 242 east – Bartow south end of SR 242 overlap
SR 242 west (West Church Street) – Milledgeville north end of SR 242 overlap; former SR 24 west
East McCarty Street - Louisville, Davisboro former SR 24 east
SR 24 (Fall Line Freeway) – Milledgeville, Wrens, Augusta
Warthen SR 102 east – Mitchell, Wrens Western terminus of SR 102
Hancock Sparta SR 16 east (Augusta Highway) – Warrenton Southern end of SR 16 concurrency
SR 22 west (Broad Street) – Milledgeville Southern end of SR 22 concurrency
SR 16 west – Eatonton Northern end of SR 16 concurrency
SR 22 east (Springfield Road) – Crawfordville, Lexington Northern end of SR 22 concurrency
SR 77 south (Davis Road) – Eatonton Southern end of SR 77 concurrency
Greene Siloam SR 77 north (Siloam Union Point Road) to I‑20 – Union Point Northern end of SR 77 concurrency
Greensboro US 278 east / SR 12 east / SR 44 east (East Broad Street) – Union Point, Washington, Augusta, Airport south end of US 278/SR 12/SR 44 concurrency
SR 44 west (Main Street) to I‑20 – Eatonton north end of SR 44 concurrency
US 278 west / SR 12 west (West Broad Street) – Madison, Atlanta north end of US 278/SR 12 concurrency
Oconee Watkinsville
US 129 Bus. south / US 441 Bus. south / SR 24 Bus. south (Macon Highway) – Madison
Southern end of US 129 Bus. / US 441 Bus. / SR 24 Bus. concurrency
SR 53 west (Experiment Station Road) – Winder Eastern terminus of SR 53
US 129 south / US 441 south / SR 24 south – Madison Southern end of US 129/US 441 concurrency, northern terminus of US 129 Bus. / US 441 Bus. / SR 24 Bus. and SR 24
Clarke Athens US 29 south / US 78 west / SR 8 west / SR 10 Loop inner (SR 422 inner) to SR 316 / Timothy Road Southern terminus of US 29 / US 78 / SR 8 / SR 10 Loop / SR 422 concurrency; SR 15 south follows exit 4A
6 SR 15 Alt. north (Milledge Avenue) Southern terminus of SR 15 Alt.
7 College Station Road - University of Georgia
US 78 east / US 78 Bus. west / SR 10 (Oconee Street / Lexington Road)
Eastern terminus of US 78 Bus., northern end of US 78 concurrency
Peter Street / Olympic Drive interchange under construction
10A Old Hull Road no exit number southbound
10D US 29 north (SR 8 east) – Danielsville, Hartwell Northern end of US 29/SR 8 concurrency; no exit number northbound; SR 15 follows exit 10B (northbound) and 10C (southbound)
11 North Avenue / Danielsville Road signed as exits 11A (Danielsville Road) and 11B (North Avenue) southbound
US 129 north / SR 10 Loop outer (SR 422 outer) / Dr. M.L. King Parkway – Winder, Athens Northern end of US 129 / SR 10 Loop / SR 422 concurrency; SR 15 north follows exit 12
Jackson SR 334 north Southern terminus of SR 334
Nicholson SR 335 west – Jefferson Eastern terminus of SR 335
US 441 Bus. north / SR 334 – Commerce, Commerce Historic District
Southern terminus of US 441 Bus.
SR 98 (Ila Road) – Commerce, Danielsville
SR 326 – Commerce

US 441 Bus. south / SR 15 Alt. south (Homer Road) / SR 59 north – Commerce, Carnesville
Northern terminus of US 441 Bus.
Mount Olive Road former SR 59 south
Banks I‑85 (SR 403) – Atlanta, Greenville I-85 exit 149
SR 164 east – Carnesville Southern end of SR 164 concurrency
SR 164 west (Historic Homer Highway) – Homer Northern end of SR 164
SR 51 – Homer, Royston
SR 198 east – Carnesville
SR 105 south Southern end of SR 105 concurrency
Habersham Baldwin
US 441 Bus. north / SR 105 north (Willingham Avenue) – Baldwin, Cornelia
Southern terminus of US 441 Bus., northern end of SR 105 concurrency
Cornelia SR 15 Conn. west (Level Grove Road) to SR 365 south – Gainesville, Cornelia
US 23 south / SR 365 south – Gainesville, Atlanta Southern end of US 23/SR 365 concurrency; interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
US 441 Bus. / SR 105 / SR 385 north – Clarkesville, Demorest, Cornelia
Southern terminus of SR 385, interchange
SR 197 north – Mount Airy, Clarkesville Southern terminus of SR 197; interchange
US 123 north / SR 17 south / SR 365 north – Toccoa, Lavonia Southern terminus of US 123, northern end of SR 365 concurrency; interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
SR 17 to US 123 north / SR 365 north – Clarkesville, Helen, Toccoa, Lavonia
US 441 Bus. south / SR 17 Alt. south / SR 385 (Talmadge Drive) – Clarkesville, Hollywood, Toccoa, Helen, North Georgia Technical College
Northern terminus of US 441 Bus./SR 385
Tallulah Falls SR 15 Loop north (Old US 441) – Tallulah Falls Scenic Overlook
SR 15 Loop south (Old US 441) – Tallulah Falls Scenic Overlook, Tallulah Gorge overlook
Rabun Clayton US 76 east / SR 2 east – Westminster, Kingwood Conference Center Southern end of US 76/SR 2 concurrency
US 76 west / SR 2 west (East Savannah Street) – Hiawassee, Warwoman WMA Northern end of US 76/SR 2 concurrency
Dillard SR 246 east – Sky Valley, Highlands, NC Western terminus of SR 246
US 23 north / US 441 north – Franklin North Carolina state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Athens–Commerce alternate route[edit]

State Route 15 Alternate
Location: AthensCommerce
Length: 31.7 mi[6] (51.0 km)

State Route 15 Alternate (SR 15 Alt.) is a series of streets, roads, and highways that form a north–south-oriented route in two counties of the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. This route's southern terminus is in Athens at the intersection of Milledge Avenue and SR 10 Loop (locally known as "The 10 Loop" or "Loop 10") and Macon Highway. The route along Milledge Avenue winds by the campus of the University of Georgia. This street features stately homes and mansions, some of which house college fraternities and sororities. SR 15 Alt. follows Prince Avenue northwest after the northern end of Milledge Avenue. As SR 15 Alt. leaves Athens, it becomes concurrent with US 129, where it is known as Jefferson Road. Upon entering Jefferson, SR 15 Alt. splits from US 129 and becomes an independent route. Its northern terminus is north of the city of Commerce at its intersection with US 441 (sometimes referred to as the Commerce Bypass) and SR 59.

Cornelia connector route[edit]

State Route 15 Connector
Location: Cornelia

State Route 15 Connector (SR 15 Conn.) is a short connector route that exists entirely within Cornelia. It is known locally as Level Grove Road, and is designed to facilitate northbound to southbound traffic between US 23/GA 365 and US 441/GA 15. North of 23 and south of US 441, the road is unmarked.

Tallulah Falls scenic loop[edit]

State Route 15 Loop
Location: Tallulah Falls

State Route 15 Loop (SR 15 Loop) is a former segment of US 23/441/SR 15 used as a scenic overlook for Tallulah Falls.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google (August 24, 2013). "Route of SR 15" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Highway System: Athens-Clarke County, GA" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
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  6. ^ Google (August 25, 2013). "Route of SR 15 Alternate" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google