U.S. 25 joins the Greenville area of South Carolina with Hendersonville and Asheville to the south. Northward, the route combines with U.S. 70 west from Weaverville to Hot Springs and Newport, Tennessee as the pre-I-40 route to Knoxville.

Portions of the route in North Carolina follow Interstate 26, with U.S. 25 shifting from its surface routing through Hendersonville and Flat Rock to I-26 between Exits 54 and 44 in July 2003 and I-26 joining the older U.S. 19-23-25-70 freeway north from Asheville to Weaverville on August 5, 2003.

A 2.8-mile stretch of U.S. 25 between the freeway from the South Carolina state line to N.C. 225 and the merge with Interstate 26 was widened between June 2009 and spring 2012. The project upgraded the highway to freeway standards.

The Tuxedo bypass portion of the U.S. 25 freeway in Henderson County was completed in August 1980 with opening of new roadway between Green River Road and Zirconia. The route south to the state line was already open at the time, and work continued on four-laning the stretch east to the U.S. 176 connector.2 The original super-two stretch of N.C. 225 (renumbered to U.S. 25 in 2004) opened from Zirconia to I-26 as part of the Henderson bypass section of Interstate 26 on January 12, 1967.3


U.S. 25 north
U.S. 25 exists as a full freeway between the South Carolina state line and Interstate 26 & U.S. 74. The limited access highway improves the access between the city of Greenville, South Carolina and Hendersonville, North Carolina. Pictured here is the first U.S. 25 reassurance shield posted after the South Bobs Creek Road overpass. Photo taken 05/30/05.
One half mile south of the first interchange of the U.S. 25 freeway (Exit 1). North Carolina 225 overtakes Bobs Creek Road from NC SR-1104 eastward to Old U.S. 25 north of Posey Mountain and Chestnut Springs, South Carolina. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Northbound U.S. 25 at the diamond interchange (Exit 1) with Bobs Creek Road (North Carolina 225 north). Bobs Creek Road extends west from the exit between Long Mountain and the Saluda Mountains to Green River Road at Maybin Mountain. North Carolina 225 meanwhile parallels U.S. 25 north for nine miles. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 25 winds northward by Long Mountain toward the community of Tuxedo. The crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains appear on the northern horizon. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Green River Road parallels the Green River northeast from Green River Gap on the Transylvania County line to cross paths with U.S. 25 at the Exit 3 diamond interchange. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Drivers bound for the community of Tuxedo on Lake Summit depart U.S. 25 north at Exit 3 for Green River Road east. Green River Road ends at North Carolina 225 (Old U.S. 25) south of town. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Passing over Mt. Olivet Road along U.S. 25 northbound at Tuxedo. Photo taken 05/31/07.
North Carolina 225 (Old U.S. 25) leads north from Tuxedo and switches sides with U.S. 25 at the Exit 5 diamond interchange near Zirconia. The state highway continues north along Greenville Highway by King Mountain into Flat Rock. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 25 slices into McAlpine Mountain of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the approach to Exit 5. Photo taken 05/31/07.
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2 photos
Exit 5 leaves U.S. 25 north for North Carolina 225 (Greenville Highway). This interchange used to represent the swap between North Carolina 225 northeast to Interstate 26 & U.S. 74 and U.S. 25 northward into Hendersonville. Changes were made in 2004 to area signage, shifting U.S. 25 to bypass Hendersonville via N.C. 225 and Interstate 26. This left N.C. 225 to follow old U.S. 25 into the county seat. Photo taken 05/31/07. Second photo taken 08/23/03.
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2 photos
U.S. 25 continues north as a freeway to U.S. 176 & U.S. 25 Business (Spartanburg Highway) and as a surface highway to Interstate 26 & U.S. 74 near East Flat Rock. U.S. 25 Truck used to follow the route north to U.S. 176. Photo taken 05/31/07. Second photo taken 08/23/03.
Interstate 26 trailblazer posted along U.S. 25 northbound at Zirconia. Widening of the two-lane stretch of roadway leading north to the merge with Interstate 26 & U.S. 74 was undertaken between June 2009 and April 2012. The $17-million project brought the roadway up to freeway standards, eliminating all at-grade intersections with the construction of frontage roads for area residents.1 Photo taken 05/31/07.
Next in line for northbound drivers along U.S. 25 is the Exit 7 diamond interchange with U.S. 176 (Spartanburg Highway) east of Butt Mountain. U.S. 176 connects the expressway with Saluda and Tryon to the east and East Flat Rock and Hendersonville to the north. Photo taken 05/31/07.
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2 photos
U.S. 25 Business begins and follows U.S. 176 (Spartanburg Highway) northwest from Five Points to South Main Street (North Carolina 225 / old U.S. 25) in Hendersonville. There U.S. 176 ends and U.S. 25 Business turns northward to the central business district. Photo taken 05/31/07. Second photo taken 08/23/03.
Continuing north along U.S. 25 near the intersection with Kay Road. This at-grade will be removed upon completion of the freeway upgrade project for U.S. 25. Photo taken 05/31/07.
A short distance north of Tabor Road is the trumpet interchange that joins U.S. 25 north with Interstate 26 & U.S. 74 west. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 25 widens to two lanes ahead of the ramp split to Interstate 26 & U.S. 74. U.S. 74 tags along with Interstate 26 from Columbus northwest to Interstates 40 & 240. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Asheville lies 23 miles to the north; Spartanburg is a 37-mile drive to the southeast. Interstate 26 & U.S. 25-74 see two interchanges with Hendersonville as well. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 25 follows Interstate 26 west from here (Exit 54) to Exit 44 and again from Exit 23 northward to Exit 19. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 25 south
U.S. 25 (Dixie Highway) southbound at Interstate 26 & U.S. 74(Exit 44) outside of Fletcher in Henderson County. The US highway merges onto Interstate 26 to bypass Hendersonville and Flat Rock to the east between Exits 44 and 54. U.S. 25 Business begins and ventures southward into Hendersonville via the Asheville Highway otherwise. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 25 scenes
U.S. 25 Alternate (Sweeten Creek Road) northbound at its interchange with Interstate 40 (Exit 51). U.S. 25 parallels the route to the west along Hendersonville Road northward through Arden, Skyland, Valley Springs, and Biltmore Forest. Photo taken 09/12/04.

Sources:

  • "U.S. 25 widening to begin." Times-News (Hendersonville), June 4, 2009.
  • "U.S. 25 By-Pass Nears Completion." The Times-News (Hendersonville, NC), July 21, 1980.
  • "Interstate 26 Will Be Reality Thursday." Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC), January 11, 1967.


Photo Credits:

  • 08/23/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 08/13/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 09/12/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 05/30/05 by AARoads.
  • 05/31/07 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

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

Page Updated 01-30-2013.