Highway 28

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NC 28 represents the northern extent of a 238-mile long multi-state route with both S.C. and Georgia Route 28. The overall route begins at Beech Island, SC, just southeast of Augusta, GA, and ends at U.S. 129, just 0.7 miles south of Deals Gap and the Tennessee state line. Within North Carolina, the state highway traverses mountainous terrain from its entrance into the state south of Highlands.

Portions of the winding route overlap with U.S. Highways, including a 19-mile overlap with U.S. 64 between Highlands and Franklin and a short overlap with U.S. 19/74 between Almond and Lauada.

NC Highway 28 North
Georgia Route 28 travels 7.91 miles north through Rabun County to become NC 28. 07/09/10
MSR 28 enters North Carolina between Big Ridge and Dyer Mountain. 07/09/10
The initial stretch of NC 28 through Macon County winds northeast to Sassafras Gap west of Queen Mountain. 07/09/10
NC 28 gains around 300 feet in elevation from the Georgia line to Sassafras Gap. The state route continues along the north side of Queen Mountain to Wilson Gap. 07/09/10
Northbound shield assembly posted as NC 28 climbs onto Blue Ridge. 07/09/10
NC 28 crests at 3,771 feet above sea level and the Eastern Continental Divide just east of Sassafras Knob on Blue Ridge. 07/09/10
NC 28 zigzags north and east into the town of Highlands. The state route turns north at Salulah Road for the approach to U.S. 64 (Main Street). 07/09/10
4th Street gains on-street parking as NC 28 enters Downtown Highlands. NC 28 turns west two blocks past Spring Street onto U.S. 64. The two highways overlap northwest to Gneiss, Cullasaja and Franklin. 07/09/10
U.S. 64 follows Main Street east from Franklin Road to 4th Street, where the route turns northeast to Cashiers, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway. 07/09/10
U.S. 19 South U.S. 74 West NC Highway 28 North
A second shield assembly includes NC 28 north and its control points of Fontana and Robbinsville. NC 28 leads north to NC 143 west for Robbinsville and U.S. 129. 09/12/04
A branch of Fontana Lake stems southward to U.S. 19-74/NC 28 one mile west of Lauada. The Little Tennessee River flows south from the lake to Franklin and Macon County. 09/12/04
NC 28 north departs U.S. 19-74 ahead for Almond. NC 28 straddles the Fontana Lake area between Almond, Stecoah (NC 143), and Fontana Village. 09/12/04
The Appalachian Highway branches west with NC 28 from U.S. 19-74 near Almond. NC 28 north consists of a five-lane roadway from U.S. 19-74 toward Stecoah as U.S. 19-74 reduce to two lanes as it continues southwest to Topton. 09/12/04
NC Highway 28 North
NC 28 northbound after its split with U.S. 19-74. The state route travels west to Almond across the southern reaches of Fontana Lake to Stecoah and Fontana Village en route to U.S. 129 near the Tennessee state line. 09/12/04
NC Highway 28 South
Southbound NC 28 at U.S. 19/74. NC 28 overlaps for three miles to Lauada. U.S. 19-74 enter the area from Wessler and Nantahala Gorge to the southwest. 09/12/04
The three routes travel a four-lane highway to Lauada where NC 28 angles south to Franklin and Highlands. U.S. 19-74 continue the four-lane highway northeast to Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. 09/12/04
U.S. 19 North U.S. 74 East NC Highway 28 South
U.S. 74 comprises the primary highway between Interstate 40 west of Asheville and the Tennessee state line. U.S. 19-74 split four miles ahead outside of Bryson City and reconvene between Waynesville and Clyde. 09/12/04
NC 28 leads south from Lauada 21 miles to Franklin. NC 28 is part of a multi state route leading south to Augusta, Georgia and Beech Island, South Carolina. 07/09/10

Photo Credits:

    09/12/04 by Carter Buchanan. 07/09/10 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. 19
U.S. 64
U.S. 74
U.S. 129

Page Updated 01-30-2013.

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