U.S. 64 & 74 East - Tennessee to Murphy

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U.S. 64 U.S. 74 East
U.S. 64 is the longest numbered route in North Carolina at 611 miles (per the official N.C. State Highway map). Manteo, just ahead of the U.S. 64 eastern terminus at Whalebone Junction on the Outer Banks (OBX), is 563 miles from the western extent of the Tar Heel State. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64/74 pass through the settlement of Wolf Creek before climbing through Franklin Gap between Franklin and Bryant Mountains. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A roadway split on the drive east from Franklin Gap to Johnsonville. Payne Mountain rises to the north. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Lowering from Cole Gap between Vance and Damons Mountains on U.S. 64/74. Mount Pleasant Road stems southwest to Fannin County, Georgia. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64/74 line a valley between Damons Mountain to the north and Dickey Mountain to the south ahead of NC 294. Photo taken 07/09/10.
NC 294 branches northwest from U.S. 64/74, 14 miles toward Hiwassee. The state highway becomes Tennessee 123 near Farner. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64/74 east continue from NC 294 to the community of Ranger. Photo taken 07/09/10.
East from Ranger, the US highway pair span the Nottely River and the former path of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The north end of NC 60 resides immediately east of the Nottely River. The five mile route continues Georgia 60 Spur northeast from Mineral Bluff. Photo taken 07/09/10.
NC 60 provides one of a few ways between the North Carolina mountains and Atlanta, Georgia (via GA-515 south). The route carries five overall lanes in Cherokee County, NC. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64/74 line the south side of Stockade Mountain from NC 60 northeast to Rominger Creek, west of Bell Mountain. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 19 & 129 enter North Carolina at Bellview and travels 3.8 miles north to U.S. 64/74 by Stockade Mountain. Photo taken 07/09/10.
South from U.S. 64/74, U.S. 19 & 129 continue to Blairsville, Georgia. The pair split in 35.7 miles at Turners Corner for Dahlonega and Gainesville respectively. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 19 U.S. 129 North U.S. 64 U.S. 74 East
U.S. 19-64-74-129 share 5.6 miles of pavement to the county seat of Murphy. Photo taken 07/09/10.
An undeveloped stretch of U.S. 19-129 north & 64-74 east lies west of Fort Butler Mountain in this scene at Caney Creek Road. Much of the four-way overlap otherwise is lined with industrial businesses and retail. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Entering the city of Murphy along U.S. 19-64-74-129 east. A number of traveler services occupy the north side of the arterial to Hiawassee Street. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 19 Business loops through downtown Murphy to the northwest of U.S. 19-74-129, following Hiawassee Street to Valley River Avenue, Hill Street, and Andrews Road along a 3.0-mile course. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The first of five traffic lights along U.S. 19-74-129 through Murphy governs movements at U.S. 19 Business north and Hiawassee Street. Hiawassee Street (SR 1556) meanders south from Murphy to become Martins Creek Road around Wildcat Mountain. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 prepares to part ways with U.S. 19-129 north & 74 east. U.S. 64 follows a southern course from Murphy to Hayesville and Franklin, meeting U.S. 23 & 441 there. U.S. 74 remains with U.S. 19 through Bryson City. The curvature of U.S. 74 is more pronounced than U.S. 64, so truckers bound for Asheville are advised to U.S. 64 east to U.S. 23-441 north to U.S. 74 at Sylva. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 19-64-74-129 cross the Hiwassee River ahead of the split with U.S. 64 east at Peachtree Street. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A 2009 relocation shifted U.S. 64 from a routing directly parallel to the Hiwassee River onto a new alignment to the south. The new routing features smoother curves and a wider right of way.
Peachtree Street ties into the U.S. 64 split from downtown Murphy to the north while U.S. 64 ventures east 16 miles to Hayesville. Photo taken 07/09/10.


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07/09/10 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan

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U.S. 19
U.S. 129
Highway 60

Page Updated 01-29-2013.