North Carolina Highway 38

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North Carolina Highway 38

Louis Breeden Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length5.524 mi[1] (8.890 km)
Major junctions
South end SC 38 at the South Carolina line
Major intersections
Future I-74 / US 74 near Hamlet
North end
US 74 Bus. in Hamlet
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Highway system
NC 37 NC 39

North Carolina Highway 38 (NC 38) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It runs from South Carolina state line to the town of Hamlet.

Route description

NC 38 end in Hamlet

A two-lane rural highway, it traverses 5.5 miles (8.9 km), begins at the South Carolina state line where the road itself continues south as South Carolina Highway 38. Heading north, NC 38 connects with U.S. Route 74 (US 74) which is also a future segment of Interstate 74. Continuing north from the interchange, it heads into Hamlet, where it ends at US 74 Business.[2] NC 38 is named in honor of Louis Breeden, a Hamlet-native and former professional American Football player who played defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals (1978-1987) in the National Football League.[3]


The first NC 38 was formed in 1934 to replace NC 301, it ran from US 17 in Folkstone to the New River. In 1937, NC 38 was renumbered NC 86. That same year, the current NC 38 was re-established as a renumbering of NC 771; which connected with the newly renumbered SC 38. NC 38 has not changed since.[4]

North Carolina Highway 771

North Carolina Highway 771

LocationSC state lineHamlet
Length5.524 mi[1] (8.890 km)

North Carolina Highway 771 (NC 771) first appeared as a new primary routing in 1930, traveling from US 311/NC 77, east of Winston-Salem, to US 421/NC 60, in Kernersville. In 1936, NC 771 was replaced by an extension of NC 150.

The second NC 771 was established as new primary routing in 1936, from Hamlet to the South Carolina state line, where it continued as SC 96. In 1937, both sides changed the number to 38.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Richmond County.

SC 38 south – Bennettsville
Future I-74 / US 74 – Laurinburg, Rockingham
Exit 319 (US 74)
US 74 Bus. – Rockingham, Laurel Hill
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "NCDOT GIS Data Layers". North Carolina Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Google (2011-12-13). "North Carolina Highway 38" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  3. ^ Edes, Gordon (June 18, 1986). "FROM HAMLET TO MEGALOPOLIS : Dodgers' Franklin Stubbs Seems to Have Arrived to Stay". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 18, 2016. Louis Breeden, cornerback, Cincinnati Bengals. ... Hamlet gave life to all four of these professional athletes and these native sons, in turn, have offered a sense of regeneration.
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