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 constitutes 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 Guides

U.S. 221 U.S. 321 North - Watauga County
Heading north Blue Ridge Parkway and Blowing Rock on U.S. 221/321 The two highways overlap between Blowing Rock and NC 105 in Boone. 06/17/05
U.S. 221 U.S. 321 South
Entering the parclo A2 interchange with Blue Ridge Parkway on U.S. 221/321 south near Blowing Rock. 06/17/05
Maintained by the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469 miles between the Cherokee, North Carolina and Waynesville, Virginia areas. A controlled access road, the scenic highway is restricted to passenger vehicles and motorcycles. 06/17/05
U.S. 221/321 south enter the town of Blowing Rock after Blue Ridge Parkway. 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. 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 stays east of the town center along Valley Boulevard, a commercialized route south to the county line. 06/17/05
Southbound Valley Boulevard at the partition of U.S. 321 Business/U.S. 221 south from U.S. 321. U.S. 321 Business/221 follow Main Street to Chetola Lake on a 0.75-mile shared alignment. U.S. 321 continues 1.3 miles south to the end of Main Street en route to Lenoir and Hickory. 06/17/05
U.S. 221 U.S. 321 Business South
U.S. 321 Business southbound shield posted after U.S. 221 leaves U.S. 321 (Valley Drive). 06/17/05
Main Street weaves westward to Yonahlossee Road and the split of U.S. 221 south from U.S. 321 Business south. 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. 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.

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