Mountain Waters Scenic Byway

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Mountain Waters Scenic Byway National Forest Scenic Byway

Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length64.5 mi[1] (103.8 km)
Major junctions
South end US 64 / NC 28 in Highlands
North end NC 28 in Almond
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesMacon, Swain
Highway system

The Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is a 64.5-mile (103.8 km) National Forest Scenic Byway that traverses through the Nantahala National Forest, in Western North Carolina. It features two river gorges, hardwood forests and countryside vistas.

Route description

The first part of this 64.5-mile (103.8 km) byway follows the combined route of US 64 and NC 28 from Highlands, North Carolina to Franklin, North Carolina and features views of the Cullasaja Gorge, the Cullasaja River and numerous waterfalls, including:

From Franklin, the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway follows SR 1442 to the west, climbing through Wayah Gap (elevation: 4,180 ft) on the way to Nantahala Lake and then to the community of Aquone. From Aquone, SR 1442 follows the Nantahala River to Beechertown, where it joins US 19/74, which the byway follows to its ending point in the community of Lauada. The route from Aquone to Lauada features the Nantahala Gorge.[2]


Junction list


US 64 east / NC 28 south – Cashiers, Walhalla
Scenic byway southern terminus
NC 106 south (Dillard Road) – Dillard

US 23 north / US 441 north / NC 28 north – Sylva
North end of US 23/US 441/NC 28 overlap

US 23 south / US 441 south / US 441 Bus. north – Clayton, Atlanta
South end of US 23/US 441 overlap
US 64 west – Hayesville, Murphy
West end of US 64 overlap

US 19 south / US 74 west – Andrews, Murphy
South end of US 19 and west end of US 74 overlap

US 19 north / US 74 east / NC 28 south – Bryson City
North end of US 19, east end of US 74 and south end of NC 28 overlap
NC 28 north – Robbinsville, Fontana
Scenic byway northern terminus; continuation as NC 28
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Google (November 26, 2014). "Mountain Waters Scenic Byway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Mountain Waters Scenic Byway" (PDF). United States Forest Service. May 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2014.

External links