U.S. 19 North - Bryson City to Canton

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U.S. 19 North U.S. 74 East
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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.
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 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 North Carolina Route 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.
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 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. 19 North
Ascending from U.S. 74 and the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway on U.S. 19 (Alarka Road) northbound. U.S. 19 travels three miles northeast into downtown Bryson City along the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 merges with U.S. 441 north, east of Birdtown. The two highways arc one half mile northeast to U.S. 441 Business (Tsalagi Road) outside of Cherokee. U.S. 441 carries motorists five miles southeast to U.S. 74 and the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway. Note the long distance control points of Franklin and Atlanta for U.S. 441's routing south of U.S. 74 and Dillsboro. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 U.S. 441 North
Approaching the split with U.S. 441 on U.S. 19 northbound at U.S. 441 Business (Tsalagi Road). U.S. 441 northbound ascends to Smokemont and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the left. U.S. 19 northbound joins U.S. 441 Business southbound into Cherokee before en route to Maggie Valley, Waynesville, and Asheville. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 North
U.S. 19 (Soco Road) northbound approaching the merge with U.S. 276 (Johnathan Creek Road) at Dellwood. The pair follow Dellwood Road 2.7 miles east toward Lake Junaluska and Waynesville. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 276 travels 5.7 miles north to its terminus at Interstate 40 (Exit 20). The US route ends at a trumpet interchange near the community of Cove Creek. U.S. 276 southbound enters downtown Waynesville beyond its split with U.S. 19 to the east. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 U.S. 23 North U.S. 74 East
U.S. 23 Business (Asheville Road) returns to U.S. 23 & 74 at Exit 104 north of Waynesville. Where the business loop ends, North Carolina 209 begins and commences its northward journey to Lake Junaluska en route to Hot Springs. U.S. 19 northbound merges onto the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway ahead of the Exit 104 parclo interchange ahead. Photo taken 08/15/04.
U.S. 19 & 23 north and U.S. 74 eastbound between U.S. 23 Business & North Carolina 209 and the West Jones Cove off-ramp (Exit 105). A pair of frontage roads coincide with the freeway between Exit 104 and Exit 105. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Exit 105 departs for West Jones Cove via the eastbound side frontage road (SR-1929). SR-1929 links U.S. 19-29-74 with Jones Cover Road to the west and Sohes Cover Road to the east. Photo taken 08/15/04.
U.S. 19 departs 1.5 miles after it joins the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway with U.S. 23 for Clyde, Canton, and Candler. The US route pair follow Carolina Boulevard into downtown Clyde and the New Clyde Highway into West Canton and Canton. Note that U.S. 64 Truck appears from obscurity for the U.S. 74 connection to Interstate 40. Photo taken 08/15/04.
U.S. 19 U.S. 23 North
The merge of North Carolina 215 south from Blackwell Drive onto U.S. 19 & 23 (New Clyde Highway) northbound at West Canton. North Carolina 215 ends two miles to the north at Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 (Exit 31) north of Canton. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19 & 23 north and North Carolina 215 south (New Clyde Highway) reassurance shields posted after their merge in West Canton. The three routes share one half mile of pavement between Blackwell Drive and Penland Street at the Tuckasegee River. Photo taken 09/12/04.
North Carolina 215 southbound turns right from U.S. 19 & 23 (Main Street) onto Penland Street west of downtown Canton. The state route parallels the Tuckasegee River six miles between Canton and U.S. 276 near Woodrow. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19 & 23 (Main Street) cross the Tuckasegee River and intersect the northern terminus of North Carolina 110 (Pisgah Drive). Like North Carolina 215, North Carolina 110 also parallels the Tuckasegee River six miles between Canton and U.S. 64. The state highway ends in Woodrow at the U.S. 64 & North Carolina 215 split at Love Joy Road. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19 & 23 (Main Street) northbound through downtown Canton. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Reassurance shields for U.S. 19 & 23 posted at the Main Street eastbound intersection with Hillside Drive. U.S. 19 & 23 continue together nine miles to Luther in western Buncombe County. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Wiggins Road (SR 1200) connects U.S. 19 & 23 (Smokey Park Highway) with adjacent Interstate 40 east of Canton and Holland Mountain at Exit 37. Photo taken 12/31/13.



Photo Credits:

  • 08/13/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 08/15/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 09/12/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 07/09/10 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 12/31/13 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. 23
U.S. 74
U.S. 441
Interstate 40

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