North Carolina Highway 144

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North Carolina Highway 144

Old Wire Road
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length12.0 mi[1] (19.3 km)
Major junctions
West end
Future I-74 / US 74 in Laurel Hill
East end US 401 in Wagram
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Highway system
NC 143 NC 145

North Carolina Highway 144 (NC 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

NC 144 in Laurel Hill

A two-lane rural highway, it traverses 12 miles (19 km) from Laurel Hill to Wagram. NC 144 provides an alternate route for U.S. Route 74 (US 74) traffic to reach US 401 while avoiding Laurinburg.[1]


Established in February 2002 as a new primary route connecting Laurel Hill and Wagram, unchanged since. This is the third 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

The entire route is in Scotland County.

Laurel Hill0.00.0
Future I-74 / US 74 – Rockingham, Laurinburg
5.89.3 US 15 / US 501 – Aberdeen, Laurinburg
Wagram12.019.3 US 401 – Raeford, Laurinburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Google (April 12, 2016). "North Carolina Highway 144" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 12, 2016.