North Carolina Highway 144

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NC 144 marker

NC 144
Old Wire Road
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 12.0 mi[1] (19.3 km)
Existed: 2002 – present
Major junctions
West end: Future I-74 / US 74 in Laurel Hill
East end: US 401 in Wagram
Counties: Scotland
Highway system
NC 143 NC 145

North Carolina Highway 144 is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It runs from Laurel Hill to Wagram, in the North Carolina Sandhills.

Route description[edit]

A two-lane rural highway, it traverses 12 miles (19 km), from Laurel Hill to Wagram. NC 144 provides an alternate route for US 74 traffic to reach US 401, while avoiding Laurinburg.


NC 144 in Laurel Hill

Established in February, 2002 as a new primary route connecting Laurel Hill and Wagram, unchanged since. This is the second incarnation of NC 144.

The first NC 144 was established in 1921 as an original state highway, running from NC 14 (now NC 86), in Prospect Hill, to NC 13, in Roxboro. In 1925, it was extended west as new routing to NC 62. In 1932, NC 144 was extended northeast as new routing, ending at NC 562 (now NC 96), in Virgilina. In 1936, was extended southwest as new routing to NC 61. In 1940, NC 144 was renumbered as NC 62, from NC 61 to Pleasant Grove, and NC 49, from Pleasant Grove to Virgilina.

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Scotland County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Laurel Hill 0.0 0.0 Future I-74 / US 74 – Rockingham, Laurinburg
  6.0 9.7 US 15 / US 501 – Aberdeen, Laurinburg
Wagram 12.0 19.3 US 401 – Raeford, Laurinburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi