North Carolina Highway 81

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NC Highway 81 marker

NC Highway 81
Swannanoa River Road
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 4.231 mi[1] (6.809 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 25 in Asheville
US 74 Alt. in Asheville
East end: US 70 in Asheville
Counties: Buncombe
Highway system
NC 80 NC 82

North Carolina Highway 81 is a state road that starts at US 25 and ends at US 70. The entire route is within Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Route Description[edit]

NC 81 begins at the intersection of All Souls Crescent (US 25 north), Hendersonville Road (US 25 south), and Vanderbilt Road in Historic Biltmore Village. It runs northward via Hendersonville Road for 0.3 miles, intersecting US 25A (Lodge Street) along the way. Immediately after crossing the Swannanoa River, it turns eastward on Swannanoa River Road, which closely tracks the path of the Swannanoa River. (Westbound lanes of NC 81, however, are routed for 0.1 mile via Bryson Street, which intersects Biltmore Avenue one block north of Swannanoa River Road.) After 1.6 miles, NC 81 intersects US 74A (South Tunnel Road) near the Asheville Mall. It runs concurrent with US 74-A for 1.2 miles before 74-A turns southward onto Fairview Road. NC 81 continues to follow the Swannanoa River for another 1.1 miles and then turns to the northward, ultimately terminating at US 70 (Tunnel Road) in Asheville's Oteen neighborhood.


NC 81 was born in 1934 as a renumbering of NC 10 from US 25 (current Biltmore Avenue) to US 74/US 70 (current US 74-A). The road was then extended in 1937 when US 25 was rerouted in Asheville. NC 81 was placed south along Biltmore Avenue to the current end of the road at the intersection of US 25 and US 25 ALT. Then in 1938 the road was extended to its current terminus at US 70.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Asheville, Buncombe County.

mi[3] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 25 (Hendersonville Road / All Souls Crescent)
0.2 0.3
US 25 Alt. (Lodge Street)
1.9 3.1
US 74 Alt. west (South Tunnel Road)
Western end of US 74 Alt. concurrency
3.1 5.0
US 74 Alt. east (Fairview Road) – Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, Charlotte
Eastern end of US 74 Alt. concurrency
4.2 6.8 US 70 (Tunnel Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Bing

  1. ^ "NCDOT GIS Data Layers". North Carolina Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
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  3. ^ Google (December 28, 2012). "North Carolina Highway 81" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 28, 2012.