U.S. Route 25 in North Carolina

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U.S. Highway 25

US 25 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length75.4 mi[1] (121.3 km)
Major junctions
South end US 25 at the South Carolina state line
Major intersections
North end US 25 / US 70 at the Tennessee state line
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesHenderson, Buncombe, Madison
Highway system
NC 24 I-26

U.S. Route 25 (US 25) is a north–south United States highway that runs for 75.4 miles (121.3 km) from the South Carolina state line, near Tuxedo, to the Tennessee state line, near Hot Springs. It is part of the longer U.S. Route 25, which runs from Brunswick, Georgia to Covington, Ohio. It is a major north-south route through Western North Carolina.

The route is mostly expressway or freeway grade, except for the section through the city of Asheville, where it follows several city streets. Two short sections are co-signed with I-26, and the northernmost 28 miles (45 km) are cosigned with US 70. It originally followed the route of the historic Dixie Highway, though in several places it bypasses the original route on new alignments, several of which are now signed as either NC 225, NC 251 or US 25 Business.

Route description

US 25 enters from South Carolina between Frank and Panther Mountains (part of the Saluda Mountains) and also changes from an expressway to freeway. The first 9 miles (14 km) of US 25 is solo, bypassing the smaller communities of Tuxedo, Zirconia, Flat Rock and East Flat Rock. Its original alignment in the area is NC 225 and US 25 Bus. through Hendersonville, before it was signed along Corridor W, part of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).[2]

At exit 9, US 25 merges with I-26/US 74 and goes northwesterly, crossing the Eastern Continental Divide (elevation 2,130 feet (650 m)), at the Crest Road overpass (SR 1803). In Hendersonville, it connects with US 64, which connect travelers to nearby Chimney Rock, Lake Lure and Brevard.

At I-26's exit 44, US 25 splits from I-26/US 74 and onto a four-lane road through Fletcher. In Arden, US 25A begins, providing a 8.5-mile (13.7 km) alternate route that avoids Skyland and Biltmore Forest; the intersection also begins the Asheville city limit, which encompasses everything between US 25 and US 25A. Between Skyland and Biltmore Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses over US 25 with access roads along both north and southbound lanes. US 25 enters Asheville proper near I-40; passing underneath, it enters the Biltmore Village, where US 25A merges back and the Biltmore Estate is located. Passing over the Swannanoa River, US 25 enters the downtown area along McDowell Street then onto Southside Avenue and Biltmore Avenue. US 25 goes through the center of Asheville, which is marked by on Obelisk to Zebulon Baird Vance. From the city center, it continues on Broadway Street to I-240, where it switches onto Merrimon Avenue. At Beaver Lake, the road drops form four to two-lane for 1.7 miles (2.7 km) before merging with Future I-26/US 19/US 23/US 70, in Woodfin; Merrimon Avenue continues on as Weaverville Road, signed as US 19 Bus.

US 25 has a short 4.3-mile (6.9 km) concurrency with Future I-26/US 19/US 23, before continuing northwest, on a four-lane expressway with US 70, in Weaverville. US 25/US 70 bypasses north of Marshall, with Business US 25/US 70 utilizing the original route through town. Northwest of Marshall, US 25/US 70 drops from four to two-lane, which it will remain for the rest of its routing through North Carolina. Entering the Pisgah National Forest near Walnut, US 25/US 70 go westerly, crossing the French Broad River in Hot Springs, then crossing through the Bald Mountains into Tennessee.

Scenic byways

US 25 is part of two scenic byways in the state (indicated by a Scenic Byways sign).[3]

French Broad Overview is an 17-mile (27 km) byway from Weaverville to Marshall; it is known for its scenic views along the French Broad River. The byway begins at the Monticello Road intersection in Weaverville, where it connects with NC 251 along the banks of the French Broad River; it continues north, switching to US 25/70 Business into Marshall and it back along US 25/70.[3]

Appalachian Medley is a 45-mile (72 km) byway from near Lake Junaluska to Walnut; it is known for several recreational areas, the Appalachian Trail, and its scenic mountain drive. US 25/70 is on 10 miles (16 km) of the byway from Walnut to Hot Springs, where it continues via NC 209.[3]


US 25 in Asheville

Established as an original U.S. Route (1926), US 25 was assigned along the Dixie Highway, which followed NC 29 from South Carolina, through Tuxedo, Flat Rock, Hendersonville, and Biltmore Forest, to Asheville. In the downtown area, US 25 links-up with US 70/NC 20 on College Street; it then proceeds north along Merrimon Avenue out of the city. Following Old Marshall Highway to Marshall, it continues along the same route as today into Tennessee. In 1929, NC 29 was replaced by an extension of NC 69; in 1934, both NC 20 and NC 69 were dropped from the route.[4][5]

Around 1933, US 25 was rerouted along McDowell Street from Biltmore Avenue. During the mid-1950s, US 25 was split onto one-way streets in Hendersonville (northbound King Street/southbound Main Street); by the early 1960s, southbound traffic moved onto College Street, replacing US 25 Alternate (originally established sometime in 1939-1944 as a bypass through the main roads of town).[4]

In 1960, a bypass north around Marshall was completed, old route through town became US 25 Business (along with US 70). Around 1969, the community of Walnut was bypassed. In 1981, US 25 was moved onto the existing US 19/US 23 freeway north of Asheville, it then went on to new four-lane road west of Weaverville; the most of the old route was replaced by NC 251.[4]

In 1974, US 25 was placed onto new expressway between Zirconia to the South Carolina state line, the old route would later become part of NC 225 in 1997. In September, 2003, US 25 was rerouted onto I-26/US 74, bypassing Flat Rock and Hendersonville, then replacing part of NC 225 that bridged the connection from the interstate to Zirconia. The old route was replaced by NC 225 through Flat Rock and US 25 Business through Hendersonville via US 176.[4]

Junction list

US 25 south – Greenville
South end of freeway; continuation into South Carolina
NC 225 north (Bobs Creek Road)
3.25.13Green River Road – Tuxedo
Zirconia5.48.75 NC 225 – Tuxedo, Flat Rock
East Flat Rock7.111.47

US 176 / US 25 Bus. north – Saluda, East Flat Rock, Hendersonville

I-26 east / US 74 east – Spartanburg
South end of I-26/US 74 overlap; I-26 exit 54
Hendersonville10.116.353Upward Road – HendersonvilleExit numbers follow I-26
13.621.949 US 64 – Hendersonville, Bat CaveSigned as exits 49A (east) and 49B (west); cloverleaf interchange

US 25 Bus. south (Asheville Highway) / I-26 / US 74 west – Asheville, Hendersonville
North end of freeway section; north end of I-26/US 74 overlap; I-26 exit 44

US 25A north (Sweeten Creek Road) / NC 280 west (Airport Road) – Asheville Regional Airport
NC 146 west (Long Shoals Road)
Biltmore Forest28.345.5 Blue Ridge ParkwayInterchange
Asheville31.250.2 I-40 – Hickory, Statesville, KnoxvilleI-40 exit 50

NC 81 east
US 25A south
At intersection to Biltmore Estate
34.555.5 I-240 / US 70 / US 74A (Billy Graham Freeway)I-240 exit 5A

US 19 Bus. north (Weaverville Road) – Weaverville
East end of US 19 Bus. overlap

US 19 Bus. ends

Future I-26 / US 70 east / US 19 / US 23 south – Asheville
West end of US 19 Bus. overlap; south end of Future I-26/US 19/US 23/US 70 overlap; I-26 exit 23
40.865.721New Stock Road – WeavervilleExit numbers follow I-26
Weaverville43.069.219AWeavervilleNo exit number southbound

Future I-26 west / US 19 / US 23 north – Johnson City
North end of Future I-26/US 19/US 23 overlap; I-26 north exit 19B, south exit 19

US 25 Bus. north / US 70 Bus. west (Ivy River Road) – Marshall
NC 251 south
NC 213 east – Mars Hill, Mars Hill University
Interchange; south end of NC 213 overlap

US 25 Bus. south / US 70 Bus. east (Main Street) – Downtown Marshall, Public Library
58.994.8Walnut Drive (NC 213 west)North end of NC 213 overlap
NC 208 north – Greeneville
Hot Springs69.6112.0
NC 209 south (Lance Avenue) – Lake Junaluska

US 25 north / US 70 west (SR 9 west) – Newport
Continuation into Tennessee
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Google (February 26, 2011). "US 25" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "Status of Corridors in North Carolina" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "NCRoads.com: U.S. 25". Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "NCDOT: 1930 North Carolina State Highway Map" (PDF). Retrieved February 27, 2011.

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