U.S. 321 travels from the Piedmont of South Carolina north and northwestward to the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Between Gastonia and Hickory, the highway is a freeway. North of Hickory and Lenoir, U.S. 321 consists of a four-lane at-grade arterial until its ascension into the Blue Ridge Mountains. U.S. 321 begins its westward movement toward Tennessee near the towns of Blowing Rock and Boone, where it meets U.S. 221 and U.S. 421.

U.S. 321 North Carolina Highway Guides


U.S. 221 & 321 north - Watauga County
Heading north Blue Ridge Parkway and Blowing Rock on U.S. 221 & 321 The two highways share pavement between Blowing Rock and North Carolina 105 in Boone. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 221 & 321 south
Entering the folded-cloverleaf interchange with Blue Ridge Parkway on U.S. 221 & 321 south near Blowing Rock. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A National Park Service maintained road, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469 miles between the Cherokee, North Carolina and Waynesville, Virginia areas. The scenic highway is a controlled access facility only open to passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Interchanges or grade separated intersections generally join the route with intersecting roads. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 221 & 321 south enter the town of Blowing Rock> after the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Possum Hollow Road ties into U.S. 221 & 321 opposite the Shoppes on the Parkway center on the north side of Blowing Rock. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 221 parts ways with U.S. 321 for downtown Blowing Rock along U.S. 321 Business (Main Street). U.S. 321 Bypass stays east of the town center along Valley Boulevard, a commercialized route south to the county line. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Southbound Valley Boulevard at the partition of U.S. 321 Business & 221 south from U.S. 321 Bypass. U.S. 321 Business & 221 follow Main Street to Chetola Lake on their 0.75-mile shared alignment. U.S. 321 Bypass travels 1.3 miles south to Main Street's end on the drive to Lenoir and Hickory. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 221 & 321 Business south
U.S. 321 Business southbound shield posted after U.S. 221 leaves U.S. 321 Bypass (Valley Drive). Photo taken 06/17/05.
Main Street snakes its way west to Yonahlossee Road, the split of U.S. 221 south from U.S. 321 Business south. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 221 bends northwest toward Moses Cone and Sandy Flat Gap while U.S. 321 Business continues south along Main Street to Laurel Park. Photo taken 06/17/05.



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06/17/05 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 85
U.S. 29
U.S. 64
U.S. 70
U.S. 221

Page Updated 04-30-2009.