There are several alignments of U.S. 74A posted within the Tar Heel State. These generally travel along roadways that were formerly the U.S. 74 mainline until a newer roadway or an alignment change was made.

A lengthy U.S. 74A was formed in 1994, when U.S. 74 shifted from a winding path southeast from Asheville through Fairview, Bat Cave, Lake Lure and Rutherfordton to an overlap with I-40, I-26 and a new freeway linking Columbus with Forest City. This U.S. 74A replaced all of U.S. 74 from U.S. 19/23 at Enka to the freeway spur linking Spindale with the freeway south of Forest City.

Truckers are not advised to use U.S. 74A through Fairview, Bat Cave and Lake Lure due to the narrow nature of the route across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Several switchbacks and sharp turns are found along the scenic stretch.

U.S. 74A North Carolina Guides

U.S. 74A scenes
A parclo interchange joins the Blue Ridge Parkway with U.S. 74A (Charlotte Highway) west of Owenby Cove and Little Cedar Mountain. U.S. 74A links the parkway with adjacent Interstate 40. 12/31/13
U.S. 74A (Charlotte Highway) combines with Interstate 240 just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I-240 leads motorists to Downtown while U.S. 74A parallels along a partially commercialized surface route. 12/31/13
The Rocky River covered bridge, a 63 foot long span built in 2007, spans the Broad River between U.S. 64-74A/NC 9 for a private road. 12/31/13
Looking downstream along the Broad River beside the Rocky River covered bridge alongside U.S. 64-74A/NC 9 at Chimney Rock. 12/31/13
U.S. 74A combines with U.S. 64/NC 9 through the community of Chimney Rock in Rutherford County. The town is named after Chimney Rock, an iconic outcrop overlooking the Broad River valley from the south. The mountain is accessible from the US route as part of Chimney Rock State Park. 12/31/13
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A single lane truss bridge spans the Broad River just south of U.S. 64-74A/NC 9 along Southside Drive. 12/31/13
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Views of the Broad River from the Southside Drive truss bridge in Chimney Rock. 12/31/13
Looking back toward U.S. 64-74A/NC 9 and Round Top Mountain along Southside Drive. The local road spurs to a number of homes overlooking the Broad River. 12/31/13
U.S. 64-74A/NC 10 cross Broad River at the west end of Lake Lure on this bridge completed in 2010. 12/31/13
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The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge parallels U.S. 64-74A/NC 10 just to the east across the Broad River outside Chimney Rock. The span was built in 1925 and carried vehicular traffic until 2010. The concrete arch bridge was converted into a garden and pedestrian walkway in 2013. 12/31/13
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Looking eastward at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, with Round Top Mountain rising in the background. 12/31/13
Holiday decorations adorn the three-arch Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. during a cold early evening. 12/31/13

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12/31/13 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan

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Interstate 40
U.S. 64
U.S. 74
U.S. 221

Page Updated 10-19-2015.

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