U.S. 64 West - Macon County

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U.S. 64 West North Carolina Route 28 North
The block of Main Street between 4th Street (NC 28) and 3rd Street sees U.S. 64 & NC 28 split into a two-lane boulevard with angled parking spots. This makes for a slow go through downtown Highlands with a number of shops lining both sides of the route. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Three blocks after their merge, U.S. 64 west & NC 28 north approach the north end of NC 106 (Dillard Street). Photo taken 07/09/10.
NC 106 leads 10.4 miles west to Scaly and the Georgia state line by Kinley Mountain. There the state route winds westward back and forth between Rabun County, GA and Macon County, NC before finally reaching U.S. 23 & 441 at Dillard as Georgia 246. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 west & NC 28 (Franklin Road) meander northwest from Highlands by Holt Knob to Mirror Lake and Lake Sequoyah over the next two miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A narrow stretch of U.S. 64 precedes Bridal Veil Falls alongside Chestnut Ridge. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 passes alongside Bridal Veil Falls between Chestnut Ridge and Flat Mountain within Nantahala National Forest. A parking area allows visitors to stop and enjoy the falls. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Fed by a tributary of the Cullasaja River, waters from Bridal Veil Falls drop 45 feet to a rocky area between U.S. 64 and a driveway looping behind the falls. Photos taken 07/09/10.
A short distance to the west of Bridal Falls is the larger Dry Falls. A parking lot along the west side of U.S. 64 and walking trail allow visitors access to water feature. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Waters from the Cullasaja River drop 65 feet at Dry Falls. A walking path from U.S. 64 encircles the waterfall, allowing one to view the falls from behind. Photos taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 continues alongside the Cullasaja River north of Buckhorn Mountain, west of Turtle Pond Road. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A pull-off allows slower traffic a place to move to accommodate faster vehicles ahead of this shield assembly to the southwest of Keener Mountain. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Tight curves give way to a vertical rock facade along U.S. 64 on the south side of Lamb Mountain. Cullasaja Falls resides nearby. Photos taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 lowers from the side of Lamb Mountain through a horse shoe curve toward Gneiss. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A mileage sign posted seven miles south of Franklin follows the intersection with Buck Creek Road west of Houston Knob. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Peeks Creek Road spurs southwest from U.S. 64 & NC 28 near Gneiss onto the hillside of Fork Ridge and Henderson Mountain. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 west & NC 28 (Highlands Road) north approach the town of Franklin and meet U.S. 23 & 441 (Sylva Road) at a diamond interchange. U.S. 23 & 441 follow a four-lane highway northeast 21 miles to Dillsboro, where they split for separate directions of U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 joins U.S. 23 & 441 south on the Franklin bypass, an expressway encircling the eastern and south sides of the city. NC 28 remains along the former U.S. 64 route to downtown. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A parting look of NC 28 (Highlands Road) as it continues northwest into Franklin. The state route parallels the Little Tennessee River to Main Street (U.S. 441 Business / former U.S. 23). Photo taken 07/09/10.
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The Cullasaja River flows northward into the Little Tennessee River from near the crossing of U.S. 23-64-441 at Franklin. The river paralleled U.S. 64 northwest from near Highlands. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A U.S. 23-441 Bypass & 64 westbound shield assembly follows the waterway. Photo taken 07/09/10.
SR 1701 and Oak Forest Lane come together at a traffic light next on the Franklin bypass. SR-1701 connects the four-lane highway with Dowdle Mountain Road to Dowdle Knob to the south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 23 & 441 south prepare to split from the Franklin bypass and U.S. 64 in one half mile. The expressway first spans the Little Tennessee River. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 441 Business leads south along Porter and Wayah Streets onto Georgia Road to end at U.S. 23-64-441. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Drivers bound for downtown Franklin depart U.S. 23-64-441 Bypass west for U.S. 441 Business (Georgia Road) north. U.S. 441 Business meets NC 28 (Harrison Avenue) along a one-way street (Palmer / Main Streets) couplet through the business district. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A loop ramp follows for the movement of U.S. 23 & 441 south onto Georgia Road toward Clayton and Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Road comprises a commercial arterial immediately south from U.S. 64 to Blossomtown and otherwise carries four overall lanes eight miles to Otto and 15 miles to Dillard, GA. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 West
The Nantahala Mountains spread into view along the western horizon as U.S. 64 continues west to an overpass above Roller Mill Road. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 remains with four lanes for the next 5.7 miles. Old U.S. 64 follows Old Murphy Road, a winding alignment to the north. Photo taken 07/09/10.
An exit ramp to Carolina Drive connects U.S. 64 with Sloan and Roller Mill Roads. Roller Mill Road arcs southeast from Old Murphy Road to Beldin Circle around a retail area fed by the U.S. 23-64-441 interchange. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Sloan Road leads south from Old Murphy Road to become Mashburn White Road at U.S. 64 and this traffic light. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Hayesville, the Clay County seat, is a 36 mile drive from Franklin. Murphy, where U.S. 64 joins U.S. 19-74-129 is an hour away. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Muskrat Ridge rises in the foreground with the Nantahala Mountains to the west as U.S. 64 lowers toward the intersection with Carson Crossing, a connector to parallel Old Murphy Road. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Patton Road brings old U.S. 64 to U.S. 64 (Murphy Road) at the forthcoming intersection. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 curves south from Patton Road between low hills to the north and Dobson Mountain to the south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 progresses westward toward the Nantahala Mountains beyond the intersection with Maxwell Home Road east and Carl Slagle Road north. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 splits with its original route along Old Murphy Road for a 1979-alignment through Winding Stair Gap of the Nantahala Mountains. The route quickly reduces to two lanes as Old Murphy Road south and Charles Nolan Road north. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 lines the south slope of Muskrat Ridge ahead of Winding Stair Gap. A paved loop and runaway truck ramp line the eastbound side of the highway on this stretch. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Curving south of Sheep Knob just east of Winding Stair Gap. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Approaching Winding Stair Gap, U.S. 64 rounds Rocky Cove Knob ahead of a scenic pull-off. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The rock cuts at Winding Stair Gap create an almost ravine for U.S. 64 to pass through. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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The Blue Ridge Mountains dominate the southern horizon as U.S. 64 winds southward toward Rainbow Springs. Photos taken 07/09/10.
A wider right of way includes a grassy area along the east side of U.S. 64 just before U.S. 64 turns west ahead of Firescald Ridge. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Old Murphy Road (old U.S. 64)returns to U.S. 64 by way of twisting route through Harrison, Byrd and Wallace Gaps to the east. Photos taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 turns west from Old Murphy Road to Rainbow Springs. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Black Creek Drive spurs west from U.S. 64 at Rainbow Springs as the highway ascends toward Black Gap. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Crossing the Clay County line on U.S. 64 west at Black Gap. Photo taken 07/09/10.


Photo Credits:

07/09/10 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan

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U.S. 23
U.S. 441

Page Updated 01-29-2013.