U.S. Route 52 in Virginia

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U.S. Route 52

US 52 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length85 mi (137 km)
Virginia Byway
Major junctions
South end US 52 near Mount Airy, NC
Major intersections
North end I-77 / US 52 near Bluefield, WV
CountryUnited States
CountiesCarroll, Wythe, Bland
Highway system
SR 51 SR 53

U.S. Route 52 (US 52) in Virginia runs north–south through the southwestern part of the state along the Interstate 77 (I-77) corridor. Though an even-numbered U.S. route, it is signed north–south in Virginia (standard convention being to label even-numbered U.S. routes with east–west designations). In some other states along its route, it is signed east–west. The Virginia segment is signed such that US 52 north corresponds to the general westward direction of the highway, and vice versa.

Route description

View south along US 52 in Hillsville

US 52 parallels I-77 through the state. It enters Virginia from North Carolina in the town of Cana, Virginia as a two-lane road known as Fancy Gap Highway. In the town of Fancy Gap there is an interchange with the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at the center of town an intersection with SR 755 (Chances Creek Road) provides access to I-77. In Hillsville the route enters town as South Main Street and has an interchange with US 58 at the south edge of town, and in the center of town, it meets US 221 (Stuart Drive) at an intersection, where South Main Street becomes North Main Street, before leaving north out of town along Poplar Camp Road. Gradually climbing through the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, an intersection with SR 69 provides another access point for I-77, before it crosses over the New River and passes under, but does not interchange with, I-77.

In Fort Chiswell, US 52 meets SR 94 at the center of town before merging with I-77 North/I-81 South/US 11 South. The four routes continue along a freeway together to the city of Wytheville, Virginia, where US 11 leaves along Lee Highway/East Main Street, then I-77 leaves northward along its own freeway, and finally US 52 leaves the freeway at North 4th Street. Leaving Wytheville along Stoney Fork Road, US 52 begins its steep climb across the peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains, passing Big Walker Lookout tower at a hairpin turn just at the ridge of the mountains. Descending via a long series of short switchbacks down the other side of the mountain ridge, there is an interchange with I-77 in the community of Bland. From here northwards, the road is known as Scenic Highway, and it again crosses another ridge of mountains, steeply climbing to meet the Appalachian Trail south of the community of Bastian. Past Bastian, SR 666 provides access to I-77 yet again, and US 52 passes through the small community of Hicksville before a complex interchange with I-77 and SR 606 at Wolf Creek. US 52 closely hugs I-77 as the two routes follow the narrow Wolf Creek valley, as US 52 serves as a frontage road to the southbound lanes of I-77. At Rocky Gap there is a brief concurrency with SR 61 and an interchange with I-77. US 52 merges with I-77 just south of the East River Mountain Tunnel entrance. The two routes pass into West Virginia through the tunnel.


The piece of US 52 south of Fort Chiswell was part of the state highway system defined in 1918.[1] It was initially designated State Route 12-Z, at least south of Hillsville,[2] but by 1924 it was State Route 15.[3] In 1926, the U.S. Route 121 designation was applied to the whole length of SR 15, from North Carolina to Fort Chiswell, but it did not turn west on U.S. Route 11 at Fort Chiswell to connect to U.S. Route 21.[4][5]

An extension of SR 15 from Fort Chiswell north to Max Meadows was added to the state highway system in 1931.[6] In the 1933 renumbering, SR 15 was dropped from the US 121 concurrency, while the short extension to Max Meadows became State Route 121.

US 121 was absorbed by an extension of US 52 by 1935. US 52 was extended through West Virginia and along US 21 to Wytheville and US 11 to Fort Chiswell, where it replaced US 121 into North Carolina.[7]

Major intersections

US 52 south – Mt. Airy, Winston-Salem
Continuation into North Carolina
Fancy Gap Blue Ridge ParkwayInterchange

SR 148 west (Chances Creek Road) to I-77 / SR 775 – Wytheville, Charlotte
Hillsville US 58Interchange

US 58 Bus. / US 221 (Stuart Drive) to SR 100 / I-77 – Galax, Floyd
WythePoplar Camp

SR 69 west (Lead Mine Road) to I-77 – Austinville, Hillsville, Charlotte
Farmers Store
SR 94 south (Ivanhoe Road) – Ivanhoe, Fries, Big Survey Wildlife Management Area
Fort Chiswell34.6755.80

I-77 south / I-81 north / US 11 north / SR 121 north (Max Meadows Road) – Max Meadows, Charlotte, NC, Roanoke
Southern end of I-77/I-81/US 11 concurrency
see I-81

I-81 south / US 21 south (North 4th Street) – Bristol, Wytheville, Wytheville Community College
Northern end of I-81 concurrency
Favonia SR 680 (Black Lick Road) – Rural RetreatFormer SR 90 south
SR 42 west (West Blue Grass Trail) – Broadford, Saltville
Southern end of SR 42 concurrency
63.59102.34 I-77 – Bluefield, WythevilleI-77 exit 52
SR 98 south (Main Street) / SR 1007 (Jefferson Street) – Bland CH
SR 42 east (East Blue Grass Trail) – Poplar Hill
Northern end of SR 42 concurrency
SR 61 west (Clear Fork Creek Road) – Tazewell
Southern end of SR 61 concurrency
77.33124.45 I-77 – Bluefield, WythevilleI-77 exit 64
Rocky Gap77.73125.09
SR 61 east (Wolf Creek Highway) – Narrows
Northern end of SR 61 concurrency

I-77 south / SR 598 north – Bluefield, Wytheville
Southern end of I-77 concurrency
East River Mountain80.62129.75East River Mountain Tunnel

I-77 north / US 52 north – Beckley
Continuation into West Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (July 5, 1922). "Minutes of the First Meeting of the State Highway Commission Created Under the Acts of 1922" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia., Proposed "State Highway System" for Virginia, as Recommended by the State Roads Committee, January 1918
  2. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (November 8–11, 1922). "Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of the State Highway Commission" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 11.
  3. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (April 10–11, 1924). "Minutes of Meeting" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia. pp. 12–13.
  4. ^ Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: United States Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved November 7, 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  5. ^ "United States Numbered Highways". American Highways. April 1927.
  6. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (July 24–25, 1931). "Minutes of Meeting" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 70.
  7. ^ Weingroff, Richard F. "U.S. 52 Charleston, South Carolina, to Portal, North Dakota". Federal Highway Administration.
  8. ^ "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Carroll County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
    "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Wythe County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
    "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Bland County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2011.

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