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. Photo taken 07/09/10.
MSR 28 enters North Carolina between Big Ridge and Dyer Mountain. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The initial stretch of NC 28 through Macon County winds northeast to Sassafras Gap west of Queen Mountain. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Northbound shield assembly posted as NC 28 climbs onto Blue Ridge. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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). Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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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