North Carolina Highway 101

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North Carolina Highway 101 marker

North Carolina Highway 101
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 22.2 mi[2] (35.7 km)
Existed: 1928[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 70 in Havelock
  NC 306 east of Havelock
East end: US 70 in Beaufort
Counties: Craven, Carteret
Highway system
NC 100 NC 102

North Carolina Highway 101 (NC 101) is a state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina that serves as a shortcut for U.S. Highway 70 (US 70). It links Havelock to Beaufort, bypassing Morehead City. Most of the area along NC 101 is rural with many farms and swamps.

Route description[edit]

NC 101 begins at a traffic light along US 70 in Havelocka. NC 101 continues east from US 70 along Fontana Boulevard south of the Cherry Point Military Base. As NC 101 continues eastward it passes farms and forest along the routing. NC 101 meets up with the southern terminus of NC 306 south of the Minnesott Beach Ferry. At this point, the highway becomes concurrent with North Carolina Bicycle Route 7.[3] NC 101 continues three miles (4.8 km) to the east before reaching North Harlowe at the edge of the Croatan National Forest. NC 101 then turns south to cross into Carteret County. After three more miles NC 101 enters the town of Harlowe. NC 101 turns eastward and leaves the Croatan National Forest before crossing the Intracoastal Waterway near Core Point.[2][4]

After crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, NC 101 heads a southeastern direction towards Beaufort. The concurrency with Bike Route 7 ends at Laurel Road south of the Intracoastal Waterway.[3] NC 101 parallels the Intracoastal waterway the rest of the way, passing waterfront neighborhoods on the west side of the road and farms on the east side. As NC 101 enters Beaufort, it passes by Michael J. Smith Field. NC 101 ends at a stop sign on US 70 in Beaufort.[2][4]


NC 101 was an original state highway appearing on a 1922 state map of North Carolina. NC 101 started at former North Carolina Highway 10 south of Havelock. NC 101 then went southeast through the town of Newport, and the communities of Mansfield and Wildwood. NC 101 had its eastern terminus in Morehead City North Carolina.[5] In 1928 NC 10 and NC 101 swapped routing. When NC 10 and US 70 were extended to Atlantic in 1931, NC 101 was truncated east of Beaufort.[6] The routing has been the same since 1931.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Craven Havelock 0.0 0.0 US 70 (Main Street) / Miller Boulevard – New Bern
5.3 8.5 NC 306 north (Ferry Road) – Minnesott Beach Southern terminus of NC 306
Carteret Beaufort 22.2 35.7 US 70 (Live Oak Street) – Atlantic, Morehead City
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "N.C. 101". The Annex. Archived from the original on October 2, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2010. [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b c d Google (April 4, 2016). "North Carolina Highway 101" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "NC 7 - Ocracoke Option". North Carolina Bike Routes Beta. Walk Bike North Carolina Bicycle Routes. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b North Carolina, 2015-16 Official State Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2015-2016 ed.). Cartography by NCDOT. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Transportation. 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ State Highway System of North Carolina (Map). Cartography by NCSHC. Raleigh: North Carolina State Highway Commission. 1922. OCLC 22599228. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ State Highway System of North Carolina (Map) (May 1931 ed.). Cartography by NCSHC. Raleigh: North Carolina State Highway Commission. 1931. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 

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