U.S. Route 25

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U.S. Route 25

US 25 highlighted in red
Route information
Length750 mi (1,210 km)
ExistedNovember 11, 1926 (November 11, 1926)[1]–present
Major junctions
South end US 17 in Brunswick, GA
Major intersections
North end US 42 / US 127 in Covington, KY
CountryUnited States
StatesGeorgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky
Highway system
US 24 US 26

U.S. Route 25 (US 25) is a north–south United States Highway that runs for 750 miles (1,210 km) in the southern and midwestern US. Its southern terminus is in Brunswick, Georgia, from where it proceeds mostly due north, passing through the cities of Augusta, Georgia, Greenville, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, before dividing into two branches, known as U.S. Route 25W and U.S. Route 25E between Newport, Tennessee, and North Corbin, Kentucky. After passing through Richmond and Lexington, Kentucky, it reaches its northern terminus at Ohio state line in Covington, Kentucky. The route is an important crossing of the Appalachian Mountains, and it is covered by three of the corridors of the Appalachian Development Highway System. When the highway was originally established in 1926, the route extended from North Augusta, South Carolina to Port Huron, Michigan. The southern end was extended to its current terminus in 1936, while the northern end was truncated in 1974.

Route description

  mi km
GA 190.0 305.8
SC 140.6 226.3
NC 75.4 121.3
TN 20.3 32.7
25E 112.8 181.5
25W 145.7 234.5
KY 177.3 285.3
Total 862.1 1,387.4


Starting at the intersection of US 17/SR 25 in Brunswick, US 25 goes northwest to Jesup then northeast to Ludowici. It then stays at a general north route through the cities of Statesboro, Millen, Waynesboro and finally Augusta, where it crosses the Savannah River into South Carolina. As it led south from Augusta, the predecessor thoroughfare was known as the “Southeastern Plank Road” which later became “Peach Orchard Road” which name is still in use in South Richmond County. The plank road likely connected with the Florida-Georgia Plank Road from Brunswick to Jacksonville. Currently, the overall majority of Route 25 is four-lane.[2]

South Carolina

Entering South Carolina from Augusta, Georgia, US 25 goes north through downtown North Augusta, connecting with I-20 just outside town. US 25 goes northwesterly through the cities of Edgefield, Greenwood, and Greenville; going due north at Travelers Rest to the North Carolina state line. Majority of the route is four-lane, with various sections at expressway grade.[3]

North Carolina

US 25 becomes a freeway from the state line in Tuxedo, in Henderson County. It continues for 9 miles (14 km) before connecting with I-26/US 74 near East Flat Rock. Splitting from I-26/US 74 near Fletcher, it goes north through Arden, Biltmore Forest, and downtown Asheville, before reconnecting with I-26 near Woodfin. At Weaverville, US 25 and US 70 travel northwesterly together, through Marshall and Hot Springs into Tennessee.[4]


In concurrency with US 70 and SR 9, US 25 enters the state through the Bald Mountains, followed by crossing the French Broad River along Wolf Creek Bridge. Along the northern bank of the French Broad River, it crosses back over and leaves the Cherokee National Forest. US 25 enters Newport, after crossing the Pigeon River, and serves as Broadway Street through the downtown area. At the western edge of Newport, US 25 splits: US 25E towards Morristown and US 25W towards Knoxville.[5]

U.S. Route 25E

Traversing a 112.8 miles (181.5 km) from Newport, Tennessee, to North Corbin, Kentucky, US 25E connects the cities of White Pine, Morristown, Bean Station, Tazewell and Harrogate in Tennessee. Entering Kentucky via the Cumberland Gap Tunnel, it connects the cities of Middlesboro and Barbourville. In North Corbin, after merging back with US 25W, a US 25E connector continues west to I-75.

U.S. Route 25W

Traversing a 145.7 miles (234.5 km) from Newport, Tennessee, to North Corbin, Kentucky, US 25W goes west connecting Dandridge, Knoxville and northwest to Clinton. Going north in parallel or in concurrency with I-75, it goes through Caryville, Jacksboro, La Follette and Jellico, before crossing the Tennessee/Kentucky line. Continuing north, it goes through Williamsburg before going through downtown Corbin and then reconnecting with US 25E in North Corbin.


US 25 starts again in North Corbin and traverses north, in parallel with I-75, connecting the cities of London, Berea, Richmond, Lexington and Dry Ridge. US 25 ends in Covington at the Ohio state line over the Ohio River along Clay Wade Bailey Bridge; US 42/US 127 continue into Cincinnati.

ADHS corridors

US 25 overlaps with three corridors that are part of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which is part of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Passed in 1965, the purpose of ADHS is to generate economic development in previously isolated areas, supplement the interstate system, connect Appalachia to the interstate system, and provide access to areas within the Region as well as to markets in the rest of the nation.[6]


Old US 25E sign in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee directing traffic to former route over Cumberland Gap

US 25 was established on November 11, 1926, as part of the original United States Numbered Highway System; it was routed along the Dixie Highway from North Augusta, South Carolina, to Port Huron, Michigan, with two divides (US 25E and US 25W) through Tennessee and Kentucky, with US 25E having also a short section in Virginia. In 1928, one divided section between Richmond and Newport, Kentucky, was removed; US 25 followed the US 25W routing, while US 25E was mostly replaced by US 27. In 1929, US 25 was extended south into Georgia, ending at US 80 near Statesboro, Georgia. In 1933, US 25 was extended north from Port Huron to Port Austin, Michigan. In 1936, US 25 was extended south again to its current terminus at US 17 in Brunswick, Georgia. In 1957, US 25 was shifted onto new four-lane road in Richmond County, Georgia.

In 1974, US 25 was eliminated in Ohio and Michigan, establishing its northern terminus on the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in Covington, Kentucky. Its former alignment was replaced by Interstate 75 between Cincinnati and Detroit, and Interstate 94 between Detroit and Port Huron. M-25 continues as the designation of former US 25 between Port Huron and Port Austin, while Ohio State Route 25 much of the former route from Toledo to near Cygnet, Ohio.

In 2000, US 25E was rerouted through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel (opened four years prior), making a direct link between Tennessee and Kentucky, eliminating Virginia's short section. Its old alignment that went through historic Cumberland Gap was handed over to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and the former roadbed through the park restored to an early 19th-century wagon path.[11][12]

Major intersections

Southern segment
US 17 in Brunswick
US 341 in Brunswick. The highways travel concurrently to Jesup.
I-95 in Dock Junction
US 301 / US 341 in Jesup. US 25/US 301 travel concurrently to Statesboro.
US 84 in Jesup. The highways travel concurrently to Ludowici.
US 280 in Claxton
I-16 south-southeast of Register
US 80 in Statesboro. The highways travel concurrently to Hopeulikit.
I-520 in Augusta
US 1 / US 78 / US 278 in Augusta. The highways travel concurrently to North Augusta, South Carolina.
South Carolina
I-20 in North Augusta
US 378 north-northwest of Edgefield
US 178 south-southeast of Greenwood. The highways travel concurrently to southeast of Hodges.
US 221 in Greenwood. The highways travel concurrently through the city.
US 76 in Princeton. The highways travel concurrently to northwest of Princeton.
I-185 south of Gantt
I-85 on the Gantt–Greenville city line
I-185 south-southwest of Dunean
US 123 on the WelcomeParker city line
US 276 south of Travelers Rest. The highways travel concurrently, but on different lanes, to Travelers Rest.
North Carolina
US 176 south of East Flat Rock
I-26 / US 74 east of East Flat Rock. The highways travel concurrently to Fletcher.
US 64 in Hendersonville
I-40 in Asheville
I-240 / US 70 in Asheville
Future I-26 / US 19 / US 23 / US 70 in Woodfin. I-26/US 19/US 23/US 25 travel concurrently to Weaverville. US 25/US 70 travel concurrently to Newport, Tennessee.
US 321 in Newport. The highways travel concurrently through the city.
US 25E / US 25W / US 70 / US 321 in Newport
Northern segment
US 25E / US 25W in North Corbin
I-75 east-southeast of Mt. Vernon
US 150 in Mt. Vernon
I-75 in Mt. Vernon
US 421 south-southeast of Richmond. The highways travel concurrently to Lexington.
I-75 in Richmond
I-75 south-southeast of Lexington. The highways travel concurrently to Lexington.
US 60 in Lexington. The highways travel concurrently through the city.
US 27 / US 60 / US 68 in Lexington
US 62 / US 460 in Georgetown
US 42 / US 127 in Florence. The highways travel concurrently to the Ohio state line.
I-275 in Crestview Hills
I-71 / I-75 in Fort Mitchell
I-71 / I-75 in Covington


See also


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Google (April 6, 2014). "Route of US 25 (Brunswick to Millen)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
    Google (April 6, 2014). "U.S. Route 25 in Georgia" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Google (June 29, 2013). "U.S. Route 25 in South Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  4. ^ Google (February 26, 2011). "U.S. Route 25 in North Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  5. ^ Google (July 2, 2014). "U.S. Route 25 in Tennessee" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Appalachian Development Highway System". Appalachian Regional Commission. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Status of Corridors in Tennessee" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Status of Corridors in Kentucky" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "Status of Corridors in South Carolina" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Status of Corridors in North Carolina" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (April 8, 2000). "Report of the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering to the Standing Committee on Highways" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  12. ^ "Cumberland Gap Tunnel". Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  13. ^ Rand McNally (2014). The Road Atlas (Walmart ed.). Chicago: Rand McNally. pp. 28–29, 43, 74, 92, 95. ISBN 0-528-00771-8.

External links

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