North Carolina Highway 168

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NC Highway 168 marker

NC Highway 168
Caratoke Highway
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 18.28 mi[1] (29.42 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 158 in Barco
  NC 34 in Sligo
North end: SR 168 in Moyock
Counties: Currituck
Highway system
NC 163 NC 171

North Carolina Highway 168 (NC 168) is a state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Known as Caratoke Highway, the state highway runs 18.28 miles (29.42 km) from U.S. Route 158 (US 158) in Barco north to the Virginia state line in Moyock, where the highway continues as Virginia State Route 168 (VA 168) toward Norfolk. NC 168 forms part of the primary north–south highway of Currituck County, where it provides access to the county seat of Currituck. The state highway also provides a crucial link for traffic between the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and the Outer Banks.

Route description[edit]

NC 168 begins at an intersection with US 158 in Barco along Coinjock Bay. US 158 continues south along Caratoke Highway toward Nags Head and west on Shortcut Road toward Currituck County Airport and Elizabeth City. NC 168 heads north as a five-lane road with center turn lane to Currituck, where the highway serves some county offices and has a pair of intersections with SR 1242 (Courthouse Road). SR 1242 provides access to NC 615, which uses a ferry just east of its terminus to cross Currituck Sound to Knotts Island. NC 168 curves west and crosses two of Tull Creek's tributaries before meeting the northern end of NC 34 (Shawboro Road) at Sligo. The state highway continues northwest parallel to the Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad, which the highway crosses in Moyock before reaching its northern terminus at the Virginia state line. The roadway continues as VA 168 (Chesapeake Expressway), which becomes a freeway while passing through Chesapeake on its way to Norfolk.[1][2]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Currituck County.

Location mi
km Destinations Notes
Barco 0.00 0.00 US 158 (Caratoke Highway/Shortcut Road) – Nags Head, Elizabeth City Southern terminus
Currituck 5.25 8.45 NC 615 north (Courthouse Road) – Knotts Island
Sligo 8.49 13.66 NC 34 south (Shawboro Road) – Shawboro
Moyock 18.28 29.42 SR 168 north (Chesapeake Expressway) – Norfolk Northern terminus; Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "NCDOT: State Mapping Resources". North Carolina Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  2. ^ Google (2011-09-27). "North Carolina Highway 168" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 

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