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U.S. Highway 74 East - Macon and Swain Counties

U.S. 19 north & 74 east
U.S. 19 north & 74 east continue as a two-lane highway three miles to Nantahala Gorge and ten miles to Wesser in southwestern Swain County from Topton. Photos taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 19 & 74 travel along side the Nantahala River from Beechertown east to Wesser. Pictured here is the crossing with the Appalachian Trail and a whitewater rafting site at Nantahala Gorge. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Four miles north of Wesser is the U.S. 19 north & 74 east junction with North Carolina 28 near Almond. The state highway travels east from Stecoah 11 miles to Almond and its merge with the U.S. highway tandem. Photo taken 09/12/04.
North Carolina 28 straddles the Fontana Lake area between Almond and Fontana Village. Connections with North Carolina 148 at Stecoah link the state highway with Cheoah and Robbinsville at U.S. 129. The state highway ends 33 miles to the northwest at junction U.S. 129 near the Tennessee state line. Photo taken 09/12/04.
North Carolina 28 southbound joins U.S. 19 north & 74 east for three miles between here and Lauada. North Carolina 28 travels 24 miles west to Fontana Village in northern Graham County. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19 north, U.S. 74 east and North Carolina 28 south
U.S. 19 north, U.S. 74 east, and North Carolina 28 southbound reassurance shield assembly and mileage sign posted after their merge near Almond. U.S. 74 comprises the main east-west highway between Interstate 40 west of Asheville and the Tennessee state line. U.S. 19 & 74 split four miles ahead outside of Bryson City.
An unneeded "junction" placard was added above the N.C. 28 shield by 2010. Photo taken 09/12/04.
North Carolina 28 leads south from Lauada 21 miles to Franklin. The state highway is part of a multi-state route leading south to Augusta, Georgia and Beech Island, South Carolina. Photo taken 07/09/10.

U.S. 19 north & 74 east
Two miles east of the split with North Carolina 28 at Lauada is the partition of U.S. 19 northbound for Bryson City. Before that split is the beginning of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway for U.S. 74 eastbound. The designation applies to both the freeway and divided highway segments of the US highway between Lauada and junction Interstate 40 at Clyde. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Bryson City next three exits sign posted on U.S. 19 north & 74 eastbound. Exits 64 (U.S. 19), 67, and 69 serve the Swain County seat to the north. The first of three freeway segments for U.S. 74 begins ahead to bypass Bryson City to the south. The second segment bypasses Sylva and the third bypasses Waynesville and Clyde. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Ascending toward the Exit 64 interchange with U.S. 19 (Alarka Road) on U.S. 19 north & 74 eastbound. U.S. 19 follows Alarka Road north from the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway two miles into Bryson City itself. The highway continues from there along the Tuckasegee River to Ela and Birdtown. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19 provides the main route to Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the west and south. The highway intersects U.S. 441 in the resort town of Cherokee five miles south of the west end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway travels east from U.S. 441 to Balsam Gap, Beech Gap, and the Asheville area in western North Carolina. Photo taken 09/12/04.
The partition of U.S. 19 north from U.S. 74 eastbound at Exit 64. The Great Smoky Mountains Expressway bypasses the Bryson City, Ela, and Whittier area along a ten-mile freeway between U.S. 19 (Alarka Road) and U.S. 441. Exits 67, 69, and 72 ahead provide connections to U.S. 19 as well. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 74 east
Exit 67 is the preferred route to U.S. 19 for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 74 eastbound. SR-1188 stems north from the diamond interchange to U.S. 19 (Main Street) as Spring Street). The surface highway crosses the Tuckasegee River as Slope Street into downtown Bryson City. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 74 eastbound at the Exit 67 off-ramp for downtown Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. U.S. 19 follows the southern banks of the Tuckasegee River at Bryson City before crossing on the way to Ela, Birdtown, and Cherokee. The US highway merges with U.S. 441 at Cherokee nine miles to the east of town. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 74 itself kisses the southern banks of the Tuckasegee River between Exits 67 and 69. At Exit 69, Hyatts Creek Road interchanges with the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway south of Ela. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Like Exit 67, Exit 69 also provides a direct connection between U.S. 74 and U.S. 19 for Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hyatts Creek Road crosses the Tuckasegee River at Ela before ending at the US highway five miles west of Cherokee. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 74 eastbound at the Exit 69 diamond interchange with Hyatts Creek Road. The north-south roadway travels 1.8 miles north from Falls Branch Road and the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway to junction U.S. 19 at Ela. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Exit 72 of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway serves the community of Whittier along the Swain / Jackson County line. Intersecting the freeway here is SR-1195, a short connector roadway between U.S. 19 (Ela Road) and U.S. 74. Photo taken 09/12/04.



Photo Credits:
    2004-09-12 by Carter Buchanan. 2010-07-09 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

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U.S. Highway 19
U.S. Highway 129

Page Updated 06-12-2005.

 
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