U.S. Route 276

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U.S. Route 276

US 276 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 76
Length106.4 mi (171.2 km)
Forest Heritage Scenic Byway
Major junctions
East end I-185 / I-385 near Mauldin, SC
Major intersections
North end I-40 in Cove Creek, NC
CountryUnited States
StatesSouth Carolina, North Carolina
CountiesSC: Greenville
NC: Transylvania, Haywood
Highway system

SC 274SC SC 277
NC 275NC I-277

U.S. Route 276 (US 276) is a United States highway that runs for 106.4 miles (171.2 km) from Mauldin, South Carolina to Cove Creek, North Carolina. It is known both as a busy urban highway in Greenville, South Carolina and a scenic back-road in Western North Carolina. Despite it numbering, it does not intersect its parent route U.S. Route 76.

Route description

In South Carolina, US 276 only runs in Greenville County, for a total of 43.3 miles (69.7 km); beginning at the I-385/I-185 junction in Mauldin. The US Highway then runs north to the City of Greenville, then to Travelers Rest, and then Marietta before climbing into North Carolina. A two-mile portion of US 276 between Greenville and Travelers Rest is an expressway complete with shoulders, exits, a grass median, and a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

In Travelers Rest, a Downtown Revitalization Plan has reduced US 276 from four lanes down to two; added trees, on-street parking, a new park, and other improvements.

After Marietta, US 276 climbs about 2,000 feet (610 m) to Caesars Head State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 3 miles (4.8 km) from the North Carolina border. At the border, the US Highway crosses the Eastern Continental Divide at 2,910 feet (890 m) above sea level.[1]

In North Carolina, US 276 traverses through Transylvania and Haywood counties, for a total of 63 miles (101 km). Between the towns of Brevard and Waynesville in North Carolina, US 276 travels through the Pisgah National Forest and is a route heavily traveled by recreationalists. The road follows the Davidson River and a tributary upstream before climbing the Pisgah Ridge and crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway at its top, then descending by the Pigeon River and the Shining Rock Wilderness. Many trailheads used for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding lie along US 276 in this area and roads connecting to it. Drivers will also find roadside campgrounds, picnic areas, waterfalls, and two museums — the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the Cradle of Forestry in America — along the road or within a short distance of it. North of Waynesville, US 276 continues through Lake Junaluska, where it joins US 19 to Maggie Valley, then runs north to I-40 at Cove Creek.

US 276 is signed east–west in South Carolina and north–south in North Carolina; which is why it is listed as having an eastern and northern terminus.

US 276 overlaps with the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, which is a North Carolina Scenic Byway, National Forest Scenic Byway and National Scenic Byway, that traverses between Pisgah Forest and Woodrow.[2]


Northbound US 276, in Brevard

US 276 was established in 1932, traversing from Laurens, South Carolina to Brevard, North Carolina; it replaced US 76 between Laurens to Greenville, overlapped with US 25 to Travelers Rest, replaced SC 284/NC 284 to Brevard.[3][4]

Around 1939, US 276 was extended north from Brevard, via Pisgah Forest along the old Pisgah Motor Road, to Waynesville, ending at Main Street. In the 1940s, US 276 was changed to its current routing around the downtown area of Greenville, which established US 276 Business by 1948; the business route would be later replaced by I-85 Business by 1968-70.[3][4]

In 1957 or 1958, US 276 was moved onto new freeway south of Mauldin to just south of Fountain Inn; its old route was replaced by SC 417 between Mauldin-Simpsonville and SC 14 to Fountain Inn. Between 1959-61, US 276's realignment onto new freeway was complete with a connection with I-26 in Clinton, the remainder of its former route to Laurens was replaced by SC 14.[4]

Also around 1959, US 276 was extended north again to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, replacing another section of NC 284. By 1968, a widened 4-lane road was completed between Dellwood and Cove Creek, completing a temporary connection between two completed sections of I-40. This section became the final extension north of US 276, replacing the last remaining section NC 284; temporary I-40 lasted till 1974 (when the section between exits 20-27 was completed).[3]

Around 1985, the Mauldin-Clinton freeway was renumbered to I-385; truncating US 276 to its current eastern terminus in Mauldin.[4]

North Carolina Highway 284

North Carolina Highway 284

LocationCove Creek, North Carolina

NC 284 was a former state highway in the Mountains Region of the state of North Carolina. Its routing through the Great Smoky Mountains was demoted to Old NC 284 (Cove Creek Road) and today remains primitive road; it is thus unpaved and is maintained by the National Park Service.[5] The rest of the old route, which lies to the south, was replaced segment by segment by U.S. Highway 276 from 1939 to 1968, when the last section from Maggie Valley north to the newly constructed Interstate 40 in Cove Creek was replaced by the U.S. highway.

Junction list

Mileposts reset at state line crossings. Highway runs east-west in South Carolina, south-north in North Carloina.
South CarolinaGreenville0.000.00
I-385 south – Simpsonville, Columbia
Continuation beyond eastern terminus; I-385 exit 30

I-185 Toll north – Atlanta
Interchange; provides access to Neely Ferry Road; I-185 exit 1A
30E. Standing Springs RoadInterchange; exit number based on I-385 mileage; eastbound access via I-185 exit
Mauldin1.42.3 SC 417 – SimpsonvillePartial interchange; eastbound left exit and westbound left entrance
Greenville58.0 I-85 – Spartanburg, AtlantaI-85 exits 48A-B
6.310.1 SC 146 (Woodruff Road) – Woodruff
7.612.2 SC 291 (Pleasantburg Drive)
I-385 south / I-385 Bus. north – Columbia, Downtown Greenville, Fluor Field, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Falls Park, Heritage Green, Peace Center
Northern terminus of I-385; southern terminus of I-385 Bus.; I-385 exit 42
9.515.3Wade Hampton Boulevard north (US 29 Conn. north)Southern terminus of US 29 Conn. and Wade Hampton Boulevard

Column Street south (US 29 Spur south) to US 29 – Anderson
Northern terminus of US 29 Spur and Column Street
SC 183 south (Rutherford Road)
SC 253 / SC 291 south (Blue Ridge Drive / Pleasantburg Drive)
Northern terminus of SC 291
14.623.5Old Buncombe RoadInterchange
15.324.6Furman UniversityInterchange
Travelers Rest17.528.2
US 25 north – Asheville
Interchange; westbound exit only

US 25 south to I-85 – Anderson, Greenwood, Atlanta
Interchange; east end of eastbound-only overlap with US 25; eastbound exit and westbound entrance

US 25 north
Interchange; west end of eastbound-only overlap with US 25; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
22.235.7 SC 414 (Bates Crossing Road)
Slater-Marietta23.437.7 SC 186 (Dacusville Road) – Dacusville, Pickens
23.738.1 SC 288 (Pumpkintown Road) – Pumpkintown

SC 11 east to US 25 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway)
East end of SC 11 overlap; to Pleasant Ridge County Park
SC 11 west (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway)
West end of SC 11 overlap; to Table Rock State Park
SC 8 south (Caesars Head Highway) – Pickens
Northern terminus of SC 8; to Table Rock State Park
Eastern Continental Divide43.5
South CarolinaNorth Carolina line
North CarolinaTransylvaniaCedar Mountain1.62.6Cascade Lake Roadto DuPont State Forest
US 64 west (Broad Street) – Highlands, Franklin
South end of US 64 overlap

US 64 Bus. west (Caldwell Street)
Brevard College at intersection
Pisgah Forest15.925.6

US 64 east / NC 280 east – Asheville, Hendersonville
North end of US 64 overlap; South end of Forest Heritage Scenic Byway overlap; East end of NC Bike 8
3150Blue Ridge ParkwayInterchange via connector road; west end of NC Bike 8

NC 110 north / NC 215 south – Canton, Rosman
South end of NC 215 overlap; North end of Forest Heritage Scenic Byway overlap
NC 215 north – Canton
North end of NC 215 overlap

US 23 Bus. south (Main Street south) – Sylva
South end of US 23 Bus. overlap

US 23 Bus. north (Main Street north)
North end of US 23 Bus. overlap
53.185.5 US 23 / US 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) – Asheville, Sylva
Lake Junaluska54.587.7
US 19 north (Dellwood Road) – Asheville
North end of US 19 overlap
US 19 south (Soco Road) – Maggie Valley, Cherokee
South end of US 19 overlap
Cove Creek62.9101.2 I-40 – Asheville, KnoxvilleNorthern terminus; I-40 exit 20
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Greenville business loop 1

Business plate 1961.svg

U.S. Highway 276 Business

LocationGreenville, South Carolina

Greenville business loop 2

Business plate 1961.svg

U.S. Highway 276 Business

LocationGreenville, South Carolina

Travelers Rest connector

Connector plate.svg

U.S. Highway 276 Connector

LocationTravelers Rest, South Carolina
Length1.100 mi[7] (1.770 km)

U.S. Route 276 Connector (US 276 Conn.) is a 1.0 mile (1.6 km) connector route, in concurrency with US 25 Conn., along Poinsett Highway. It connects US 276 with US 25, in downtown Travelers Rest.[8] Not only is the highway unsigned, it is not even shown on SCDOT's Greenville metro area map, so the highway may be decommissioned.[9]


  1. ^ "North Carolina Highway Guide". Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  2. ^ "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "NCRoads.com: U.S. 276". Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page - US 276". Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "N.C. 284". NCRoads.com. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  6. ^ Google (February 20, 2014). "U.S. Route 276" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  8. ^ Google (June 23, 2013). "Overview map of US 25 Conn. (Travelers Rest, South Carolina)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  9. ^ Greenville–Spartanburg Urban Area (PDF) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. September 2013. p. Sheet 5. § C4. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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