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Interstate 40 North Carolina
Eastbound - Tennessee State Line to Canton

Highway Information

Miles 419.40
Counties Traveled
Through
Haywood, Buncombe,
McDowell, Burke,
Catawba, Iredell,
Davie, Forsyth,
Guilford, Alamance,
Orange, Durham,
Wake, Johnston,
Sampson, Duplin,
Pender, New Hanover
Cities Asheville, Morganton,
Hickory, Statesville,
Winston-Salem,
Greensboro, Burlington,
Durham, Raleigh,
Smithfield, Wilmington
Major Junctions Interstate 26/
Interstate 240
(Exits 46A-B)

Interstate 77
(Exits 152A-B)

Interstate 85
(Exit 44 - Bus. I-85 &
Exit 163 - I-85)

Interstate 540
(Exit 283)

Interstate 440
(Exit 293B & Exit 301)

Interstate 95
(Exits 328A-B)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
419 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Tennessee State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
North Carolina 132

Pictures

Eastbound:

Tennessee State Line to Canton

Canton to Marion

Marion to Statesville

Statesville to Greensboro

Interstate 40/Interstate 85 duplex

Interstate 85 North to Interstate 95

Interstate 95 to Wilmington

Westbound

Interstate 40 East
Interstate 40 East as it crosses the North Carolina state line. This is one of the most mountainous interstate entrances into the state of North Carolina. Interstate 77's entrance from Virginia comes close, though, but it's not quite like this. Interstate 26's entrance into the state is also scenic. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Welcome to North Carolina sign on Interstate 40 East. The interstate will stay in Haywood County until mile marker 36. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
One of many variable message signs along Interstate 40 East in the Great Smoky Mountains. The interstate is squeezed into the Pigeon River Gorge for its first 17 miles in the state. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The speed limit is 55 mph through the Pigeon River Gorge, but it is rarely followed, much like, well, most speed limits. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
A few miles of Interstate 40 eastbound were narrowed to one lane due to repairs to some damage caused by a rockslide. This area is common ground for rockslides. One such occurrence closed Interstate 40 for several weeks in 1997. This was prior to the completion of Interstate 26 between Johnson City and Asheville, which caused many headaches driving on winding and steep two-lane roads. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 eastbound travelers travel through two tunnels. The first tunnel is 1/2 mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the tunnel. Be sure to remove those sunglasses! I don't think they were necessary on this day, though. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East entering the first tunnel. In normal circumstances, trucks can use only the right lane, but since the right lane was closed, everybody was squeezed into one lane. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Truckers (and other motorists) are warned that the next 16 miles of interstate are winding, and that the maximum safe speed is recommended to be 50 mph. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 7 - Harmon Den - 1 mile. This exit serves a local road inside the Pisgah National Forest. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 7 - Harmon Den. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Exit 7 is one of two interchanges inside the North Carolina section of the Pigeon River Gorge. The other is eight miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
View on Interstate 40 East at mile marker 7. The pavement markings in the left lane read "No Trucks." (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The second tunnel on Interstate 40 East in the Tar Heel State is located near mile marker 8, which is one-half mile away from this point. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East during mile 7. Asheville is still 44 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the tunnel. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East entering the tunnel. This particular tunnel is for eastbound traffic only, as westbound traffic bypasses this mountain. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
After emerging from the tunnel, we draw closer to the North Carolina Welcome Center. It is amazing to me that this welcome center was able to fit into the limited space. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the North Carolina Welcome Center - Next Right. Free DOT maps and travel brochures are available at the center. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at the North Carolina Welcome Center. To see a picture of the OKRoads webmaster in front of a mountain near the welcome center, click here. It will open in a new window. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
There are still no trucks with 3 or more axles allowed in the left lane as we pass mile marker 12. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 15 - Fines Creek - 2 miles. Lower Fines Creek Road (NC 1338) will meet North Carolina 209 in four miles. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East leaves the Pisgah National Forest near mile marker 14. Interstate 40 reenters the forest further down the road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 15 - Fines Creek - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 15 - Fines Creek. A Bed & Breakfast is located near this exit. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Gore point signage at Exit 15. The interchange here is a full diamond. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
A few sprinkles blurred this picture of a mileage sign after Exit 15. Waynesville is 16 miles away, and Asheville is 36 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Pictured here is one of two accident investigation sites located on Interstate 40 in the Pigeon River Gorge. These are simply extra-wide shoulders made for vehicles to be checked following an accident. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 20 - U.S. 276 - 2 miles. After the upcoming interchange, Interstate 40 will leave the Pigeon River Gorge. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 20 - U.S. 276 - 1 mile. The federal highway begins here and heads southward to Waynesville and Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Western Carolina University is located in Cullowhee. Follow U.S. 276 South, U.S. 74 West and North Carolina 107 South to the home of the Catamounts. Also use U.S. 276 South to U.S. 19 South to Cherokee, and U.S. 276 South to U.S. 19 North to Lake Junaluska. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Also use Exit 20 to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located just to the west of this interchange. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 20 - U.S. 276 - Waynesville/Maggie Valley. A 10 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Waynesville, the seat of Haywood County. Maggie Valley is located along U.S. 19 South, which runs in an east-west fashion through this area. That city is eight miles from Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East finally leaves the Pigeon River Gorge behind and the speed limit increases to 60 for the drive to Asheville. The next exit is Exit 24, North Carolina 209, two miles. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 24 - North Carolina 209 - 1 mile. The state highway begins at U.S. 23/U.S. 74 in Lake Junaluska and travels through Crabtree, Luck, Trust, and Spring Creek before ending at U.S. 25/U.S. 70 in Hot Springs. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 24 - North Carolina 209 - Lake Junaluska/Hot Springs. The not-nearly-as-famous-as-its-Arkansas-counterpart Hot Springs, North Carolina, is 32 miles to the north. Lake Junaluska is not nearly as far at just four miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The North Carolina 209 overpass is named after Trooper Anthony G. Cogdill, who was killed in the line of duty in May 2003. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 27 - U.S. 74 West TO U.S. 19/U.S. 23 - 2 miles. U.S. 74 joins U.S. 19 and U.S. 23 less than one mile south of Interstate 40 and the three federal highways continue westward as a freeway to Waynesville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 27 - U.S. 74 West TO U.S. 19/U.S. 23 - 1 mile. Clyde is just east of the upcoming interchange and is located on U.S. 19/U.S. 23. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Waynesville and Western Carolina University are given one final mention as U.S. 74 West approaches. Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 will duplex from Exit 27 until Exit 46A, where U.S. 74 will then become duplexed with another interstate, Interstate 26. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Exit 27 to U.S. 19/U.S. 23 North to Haywood Community College, located in Clyde. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East reaches the Exit 27 trumpet interchange, directly serving U.S. 74 West and indirectly serving U.S. 19 and U.S. 23. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East assurance shields immediately after Exit 27. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 31 - North Carolina 215 - 2 miles. North Carolina 215 begins at U.S. 64 near Rosman and heads northward, intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway at its southernmost point, then continues to Interstate 40 in north Canton. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 31 - North Carolina 215 - 1 mile. The upcoming exit is the first with multiple tourist services since Newport, Tennessee. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East at Exit 31 - North Carolina 215 - Canton. The town has a population of 4,029 according to the 2000 census, making it the second largest in the county, behind only Waynesville's 9,232 residents. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 33 - Newfound Road - 1 mile. The street serves northeast Canton. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East just past North Carolina 215. Statesville, located at the juncture of Interstates 40 and 77, is mentioned for the first time here. The city of 23,000 inhabitants is 118 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 33 - Newfound Road - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Take Newfound Road (NC 1004) east to North Carolina 62 west to Leicester. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
For the next three miles, trucks are advised to take it a bit slow, as there are sharp curves ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East at Exit 33 - Newfound Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
It isn't too often that we see a winding curve sign like the one seen (albeit barely) here, but here is one near mile marker 34. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 37 - Candler - 1 mile. The community is located on North Carolina 151 just south of U.S. 19/U.S. 23. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East at Exit 37 - Candler. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East is also signed as Truck U.S. 64 through eastern Haywood and western Buncombe counties. (Photo taken 7/6/05)

Page created: November 03, 2005
Last updated: November 12, 2005