U.S. 23

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U.S. 23 has the distinction of being cosigned with another route for its entire path through North Carolina. The route enters the state from Dillard, Georgia with U.S. 441 along a four-lane highway that leads north to Franklin and U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway) at Dillsboro. U.S. 23 turns east alongside U.S. 74 to Lake Junaluska, where it trades freeway mileage for an arterial routing with U.S. 19 through Clyde, Canton and Enka.

U.S. 23 is one of four highways that share pavement with Interstate 26 leading north from Asheville. U.S. 19, 25 and 70 join the 2003-extended Interstate for portions of the ride to Tennessee while U.S. 23 stays with I-26 the whole way.

A portion of old U.S. 23, east of the Mars Hill section of Interstate 26 opened in 2003, was retained as U.S. 23A. This two-lane roadway winds east from Exits 9 and 3.

U.S. 23 North Carolina Guides

U.S. 23A North
Approaching the intersection with Bear Branch Road along U.S. 23A northbound at Little Creek. U.S. 23A departs the original alignment of U.S. 23 for Interstate 26 & U.S. 23 (Exit 3). Photo taken 05/31/07.
Old U.S. 23 continues north through Little Creek to Sams Gap and Flag Pond, Tennessee. U.S. 23 remains along Interstate 26 to the Tri-Cities. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Spanning Big Laurel Creek, U.S. 23 Alternate (Bear Branch Road) enters a diamond interchange with Interstate 26 & U.S. 23. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 23 Alternate northbound ends at Interstate 26 & U.S. 23. Travelers joining the westbound freeway continue to Johnson City and Interstate 81 south of Kingsport. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 23A South
Bear Branch Road carries U.S. 23 Alternate east from Interstate 26 & U.S. 23 to the original U.S. 23 alignment at Little Creek. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Southbound reassurance shield posted for U.S. 23A after Bear Branch Road. Ebb Chapel and Faust lie east of Ramsey Ridge within the next two miles. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 23 Business
SR-1646 (Frontage Road) south at U.S. 23 Business & NC 209 (Asheville Road) and the east Waynesville interchange (Exit 104) along U.S. 19-23-74. U.S. 23 Business begins to the left and travels into Downtown Waynesville. NC 209 continues the roadway north to I-40. Traffic to U.S. 19/23 south and U.S. 74 west is directed onto the SR1375 frontage road for the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Old U.S. 23 south
Heading south through Little Creek along Old U.S. 23 near U.S. 23 Alternate (Bear Branch Road). Photo taken 05/31/07.
Bear Branch Road takes U.S. 23 Alternate from Old U.S. 23 to Interstate 26 and U.S. 23 at Exit 3 , east of Devil Knob. Photo taken 05/31/07.

Photo Credits:

    08/13/04 by Carter Buchanan. 05/31/07 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. 19
U.S. 23
U.S. 25
U.S. 64
U.S. 70
U.S. 74
Interstate 26
Interstate 40
Interstate 240

Page Updated 01-29-2013.