North Carolina Highway 20

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NC Highway 20 marker

NC Highway 20
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 28.6 mi (46.0 km)
Existed: 1934[1] – present
Major junctions
West end:
US 401 Bus. / NC 211 in Raeford
  I‑95 in St. Pauls
US 301 in St. Pauls
East end: NC 87 near Tar Heel
Counties: Hoke, Robeson, Bladen
Highway system
US 19W US 21

North Carolina Highway 20 (NC 20) is a 27-mile (43 km) North Carolina state highway that runs through Bladen, Robeson and Hoke counties. It serves as a major road in each of the three incorporated communities it passes through. The route is co-designated as St. Pauls Road in Raeford, Main Street in Lumber Bridge, and Broad Street in St. Pauls.

Route description[edit]

NC 20 begins at its eastern terminus at NC 87 in northwest Bladen County near Tar Heel and the Cape Fear River. From there, the route travels in a westerly direction into Robeson County and through the heart of St. Pauls. After crossing US 301 (Fifth Street), NC 20 continues to an interchange with I-95 (exit 31) at the western edge of town.

After the interchange, NC 20 darts northwest through the town of Lumber Bridge, where it crosses NC 71 (Fayetteville Street). Crossing over the county line into Hoke County, NC 20 heads northwest to meet with Business US 401 (Central Avenue) in downtown Raeford. There, NC 20 joins Business US 401 for approximately 0.3 miles (0.48 km) to end at NC 211 (Main Street).[2]


The original NC 20 was at one time the longest numbered route in North Carolina, running from the Tennessee border to the port city of Wilmington, a distance of 401 miles (645 km). After the introduction of U.S. highways in North Carolina in 1934, the route was carved up between routes US 19, US 70, US 74, US 76, and US 17.[1]

The modern NC 20 was originally NC 220. Despite a few minor reroutings, the state highway has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s. The NC 220 designation was dropped permanently from the state highway system around 1935 after the introduction of US 220 into North Carolina.[3] With the possible extension of I-20 into North Carolina, this route may be renumbered again.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Hoke Raeford 0.0 0.0
US 401 Bus. south / NC 211 (Main Street) – Wagram, Red Springs, Aberdeen
Western terminus; West end of US 401 Bus. overlap
0.3 0.5
US 401 Bus. north (Central Avenue) – Fayetteville
East end of US 401 Bus. overlap
Robeson Lumber Bridge 11.3 18.2 NC 71 – Red Springs, Parkton
St. Pauls 18.6 29.9 I‑95 – Lumberton, Fayetteville I-95 exit 31; Diamond interchange
19.3 31.1 US 301 (5th Street) – Lumberton, Hope Mills
Bladen Tar Heel 28.6 46.0 NC 87 – Dublin, Fayetteville Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi