Welcome to North Carolina sign posted near Waterville. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Dynamic message signs indicate speeds along the North Carolina portion of Interstate 40 through Pigeon River Gorge. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Winding eastward between Snowbird and Longarm Mountains along Interstate 40. First photo taken 05/31/07. Second photo taken 05/31/07.
A pair of two-lane tunnels carries Interstate 40 through the south end of Dry Gap Ridge near Big Bend of the Pigeon River. Photo taken 05/31/07.
A rock slide in 1985 forced the closure of the westbound lanes for a period of time. During construction, a temporary eastbound bypass lane was added as westbound travelers were shifted into the eastbound tube. This bypass lane remains in place today, but is not open to traffic. Photo taken 05/31/07.
The Pigeon River Gorge section of Interstate 40, including this set of tunnels, opened to traffic in 1968. These were the first tunnels along the Interstate system east of the Mississippi River. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 40 continues southward through Pigeon River Gorge to Cove Creek. The four-lane freeway's fall is dramatic, so truckers are advised to not travel over 50 mph on the next 16-mile stretch. Photo taken 05/01/05.
Interstate 40 east approaches its first North Carolina interchange (Exit 7). Intersecting the freeway ahead is Cold Springs Road from the east and Harmon Den Road from the west. Photo taken 05/01/05.
Exit 7 serves an isolated area within Pigeon River Gorge from Interstate 40. Cold Springs Road stems east along Cold Springs Creek between Hurricane Ridge and Harmon Den Mountain. Harmon Den Road hugs the west bank of the Pigeon River before climbing toward Buzzard Roost. Photo taken 05/31/07.
A second eastbound tunnel lines on the northern fringes of Hurricane Mountain, a short distance south of Exit 7. Westbound motorists utilize a rock cut. First photo taken 05/31/07. Second photo taken 05/31/07.
A North Carolina welcome center follows to the west of Grassy Knob and Hurricane Mountain and northeast of Walters Dam. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Fines Creek Road ventures north from White Oak Road to meet Interstate 40 at the Exit 15 diamond interchange in two miles. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 40 leaves Pisgah National Forest and draws to within one mile of the Exit 15 off-ramp to Fines Creek Road. Fines Creek Road continues east from Waterville Lake and I-40 to Max Patch Road at Fines Creek. Max Patch Road connects Fines Creek with North Carolina 209 nearby. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Turning southward again, Interstate 40 and Pigeon River part ways near Hall Ridge. The freeway parallels Jonathan Creek southward to Cove Creek and junction U.S. 275 (Exit 20). Photo taken 05/31/07.
One mile north of the Exit 20 trumpet interchange with the southbound beginning of U.S. 276 (Jonathan Creek Road). U.S. 276 ventures south six miles to merge with U.S. 19 north at Dellwood; U.S. 19 south travels four miles west to Maggie Valley. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Exit 20 departs Interstate 40 east for U.S. 276 (Jonathan Creek Road) south. A two-state route, U.S. 276 travels 108 miles through Waynesville and Brevard in North Carolina and Travelers Rest, Greenville and Mauldin, South Carolina. Photo taken 05/31/07.
North Carolina 209 travels south from near Fines Creek and Crabtree to meet Interstate 40 at a partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 24) in two miles. Photo taken 05/31/07.
State Highway 209 connects Interstate 40 with Lake Junaluska and U.S. 19-23-74 (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway) to the south. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Hyder and Chambers Mountains rise to the east of the Exit 24 off-ramp to North Carolina 209 (Crabtree Road). North Carolina 209 tallies 41 miles from Lake Junaluska to U.S. 25 & 70 at Hot Springs. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 40's old friend the Pigeon River flows underneath the freeway again just east of Exit 24. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) joins Interstate 40 near the town of Clyde at Exit 27. The freeway crosses the Pigeon River and merges with U.S. 19 & 23 south. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 74 travels five miles southwest to Waynesville and 22 miles to the split with U.S. 23 at Sylva. U.S. 19 parts ways with the route at Lake Junaluska only to return via Bryson City. Photo taken 05/31/07.
A junction U.S. 74 shield assembly follows on the half mile approach to the Exit 27 trumpet interchange. U.S. 74 east joins Interstate 40 east to Interstate 26 east and Columbus. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Motorists bound for Clyde use U.S. 74 west to a trumpet interchange with Carolina Boulevard (U.S. 19 & 23 north). U.S. 19 & 23 continue east from Clyde to Canton, New Candler and Enka, south of the Interstate 40 corridor. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 east
Chambers Mountain Road spurs north from Clyde and passes over Interstate 40 beyond a shield assembly with U.S. 74 east. Photo taken 05/31/07.
South of Chambers Mountain and north of Pigeon River on the two-mile approach to North Carolina 215 (Exit 31). North Carolina 215 spurs south from the Exit 31 diamond interchange into Canton and West Canton. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 eastbound cross over SR-1550 one mile ahead of the Exit 31 off-ramp for the southbound beginning of North Carolina 215. Photo taken 05/31/07.
North Carolina 215 travels 1.9 miles south to junction U.S. 19 & 23 (New Clyde Highway) just west of downtown Canton. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Newfound Road ties into Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 at the second Canton interchange (Exit 33). Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for the forthcoming diamond interchange. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Statesville appears on this eastbound mileage signage for the Interstate 40 junction with Interstate 77 at Exit 152. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Newfound Road travels northeast from Main Street and downtown Canton 1.7 miles to Exit 33. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Auxiliary guide sign of Exit 33 for the community of Leicester in western Buncombe County. Newfound Road continues 12 miles to its end at Georgetown and junction North Carolina 63. North Carolina 63 enters Leicester 3.8 miles north of the Newfound Road intersection. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 truck advisory sign for the sharp curvature of the freeway between Exit 33 and the Buncombe County line. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Exit 33 represents the last Haywood County interchange for Newfound Road and Canton. Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 descend toward to Luther, Candler, and the Asheville metropolitan area from here. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 straddle Holland Mountain from Canton to Exit 37 (Wiggins Road). First photo taken 05/31/07. Second photo taken 05/31/07.
One-mile guide sign for the Exit 37 diamond interchange for Candler. SR-1200 (Wiggins Road) stems north from U.S. 19 & 23 (Smoky Park Highway) to Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 at the community of Luther. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Travelers along Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 east leave the Holland Mountain hillside and enter Buncombe County. Photo taken 05/31/07.
2005-05-01 by Carter Buchanan. 2007-05-31 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.