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Interstate 40 North Carolina
Eastbound - Canton to Marion

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 and U.S. 74 East
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East actually enter Buncombe County prior to Exit 37, but this sign is located after the exit. The small type on the bottom lists the county's website. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use any of the next six exits to the city of Asheville. With a population of around 70,000, it is the 10th largest city in the state, and the largest city west of Interstate 77. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Exit 44 to the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 44 - U.S. 19/U.S. 23 - 1 mile. The two federal highways share roadway between Lake Junaluska and Mars Hill, including parts of future Interstate 26. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East at Exit 44 - U.S. 19/U.S. 23 - West Asheville/Enka/Candor. We barely got a picture of the sign here! (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Gore point signage at Exit 44. The next interchange is the former western terminus of Interstate 26 and the eastbound beginning of Interstate 240. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 46A - Interstate 26/U.S. 74 East - 1 mile, and Exit 46B - Interstate 26 West/Interstate 240 East - 1 1/4 miles. A left exit connects Interstate 40 East to Interstate 26 West/Interstate 240 East. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Interstate 26 East to the Asheville Regional Airport. The airport is located near Interstate 26's Exit 40, nine miles south of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Truck U.S. 64 East will continue its track on Interstate 26 East. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East approaching Exit 46A - Interstate 26/U.S. 74 East - 1/2 mile, and Exit 46B - Interstate 26 West/Interstate 240 East - 3/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Exit 46B to the University of North Carolina-Asheville and Mars Hill College. Continue on Interstate 40 East to Exit 50 (U.S. 25) to the world-famous Biltmore Estate. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 74 East at Exit 46A - Interstate 26/U.S. 74 East - Hendersonville/Spartanburg. Interstate 26 and U.S. 74 split east of Hendersonville, which is 18 miles to the southeast. Spartanburg, South Carolina, is where Interstate 26 and Interstate 85 meet, and that city is only 60 miles from Asheville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East
Interstate 40 East at Exit 46B - Interstate 26 West and Interstate 240 East - Asheville. The top level bridge carries Interstate 26 West to Interstate 40 West traffic, and the middle level are the main lanes of Interstate 26 East. The control city now becomes Hickory, which is 80 miles away. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 47 - North Carolina 191 - 1/2 mile. Westbound Interstate 40 travelers must utilize North Carolina 191 to connect to Interstate 26 West and Interstate 240 East, as there is no direct connection between the two freeways. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 47 - North Carolina 191 - 1/4 mile. Take North Carolina 191 south to the Western North Carolina Farmers Market. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 47 - North Carolina 191 - West Asheville/Farmers Market. A 25 mph advisory speed is posted for the tight loop ramp. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 50 - U.S. 25 - 2 miles. U.S. 25 closely parallels Interstate 26 through most of North Carolina. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 50 - U.S. 25 - 1 mile. We apologize for the extreme blurriness of this photo, but at least we can tell where the sign is and the trees are! (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use U.S. 25 South to the Biltmore Estate and the Biltmore Village. Overall, the area of the Biltmore Estate is 8,000 acres. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Take U.S. 25 North to the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College main campus and to the St. Joseph's Hospital and Trauma Center.
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 50 - U.S. 25 - 1/2 mile. The federal highway is known as Hendersonville Road through south Asheville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 50 - U.S. 25 - South Asheville. The overpass pictured here is Vanderbilt Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
View at the end of the Exit 50 off-ramp. The northern terminus of the short U.S. 25A alternate route is less than one mile to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 51 - U.S. 25A - 1/4 mile. As previously mentioned, U.S. 25A is a short, 8.5 mile route that stays within one mile of its parent route throughout its journey. Not too much other than railroad tracks separate the two routes. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 51 - U.S. 25A - Asheville. The alternate route runs along Sweeten Creek Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 53A-B - Interstate 240/U.S. 74A - 1 mile. The upcoming interchange is the eastern terminus of Interstate 240. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 53A - U.S. 74A East - Next Right. The Blue Ridge Parkway is less than one mile to the east of Exit 53A. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Exit 53B (Interstate 240 and U.S. 74A West) to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Take U.S. 74A East to Fairview (7 miles), Chimney Rock (20 miles), and Lake Lure (23 miles). (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 53A - U.S. 74A East - Blue Ridge Parkway/Bat Cave. Does anyone else think of Batman when seeing this sign? Everybody to the Bat Cave! Bat Cave is a community located at the confluence of U.S. 64, U.S. 74A, and North Carolina 9, and is 17 miles to the southeast. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 53B - Interstate 240/U.S. 74A West - East Asheville. Immediately west of this interchange, U.S. 74A splits before it ever duplexes with Interstate 240. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 55 - TO U.S. 70 - 1 1/4 mile. Porters Cove Road connects Interstate 40 to the parallel U.S. 70. The two federal highways run side-by-side between Asheville and Black Mountain, with U.S. 70 traveling north of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Warren Wilson College is a Presbyterian institution that has been around since 1893. It was originally established as a farm school and now is a four-year college with an enrollment nearing 800 students. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
As the Blue Ridge Parkway travels over Interstate 40, a small sign advises motorists to use Exit 55 to the Billy Graham Training Center, the Cove. The world famous evangelist currently resides in this area east of Asheville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
To the Folk Art Center and Mount Mitchell State Park, use Exit 55 to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi River at an elevation of 6,684 feet above sea level. The Folk Art Center is operated by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 55 - Porters Cove Road to U.S. 70 - East Asheville/VA Hospital. Asheville's VA hospital is located on Tunnel Road (U.S. 70) 1 1/2 miles to the west of this diamond interchange. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 59 - Swannanoa - 1 mile. Patton Cove Road is directly served by this exit. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The unincorporated community of Swannanoa has a population of 4,132 according to the 2000 census. Use Exit 59 to the State Veterans Cemetery. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 59 - Swannanoa/Patton Cove Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 64 - North Carolina 9 - 2 miles. This is the main interchange for the town of Black Mountain, population 7,511. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Take North Carolina 9 north and U.S. 70 west to the Black Mountain Center, which specializes in providing services to those with disabilities. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 64 - North Carolina 9 - 1 mile. The multi-state route also travels through Mill Spring, Lake Lure, and Bat Cave in the Tar Heel State. As South Carolina 9, the highway serves the city of Spartanburg. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Montreat is where North Carolina 9 concludes its trek, and is also home of Montreat College, a Christian liberal arts college. The town is three miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 64 - North Carolina 9 - Black Mountain/Montreat. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Immediately after Exit 64, a warning sign appears advising trucks with 3 or more axles that they are not allowed to use the left lane in two miles. This is because the upcoming section of interstate is a winding, sharp descent down Black Mountain that includes three runaway truck ramps. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East
U.S. 70 merges onto Interstate 40 at mile marker 65 as Exit 66 for Dunsmore Avenue and Ridgecrest quickly approaches in one-half mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 east assurance shields during mile 65. The two federal highways share pavement between Exit 65 and Exit 72 during the descent down Black Mountain. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East at Exit 66 for Dunsmore Avenue and Ridgecrest. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
As we begin the descent of Black Mountain, all trucks and vans must exit at a check station prior to the downhill ride. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East briefly reenter the Pisgah National Forest between Exits 66 and 72. This is also the Buncombe-McDowell county line. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
This extremely blurry pictures shows a sign bridge on Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East. A similar one is located just down the road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The three runaway truck ramps are located within a two-mile span. The first one is one mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The speed limit is 55 for cars on the Black Mountain descent as these signs warn truckers of excessive speed. About two miles remain on this winding, steep downhill grade. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East approaching Exit 72 - U.S. 70 - 1 1/2 miles. The truck speed limit is set at 35 between mile markers 67 and 73. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East at the first runaway truck ramp. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use either of the next two exits to the town of Old Fort. The town has a population of 963 according to the 2000 census. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East at Runaway Truck Ramp #2. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The camera decided to focus in on my dirty windshield for this picture of Runaway Truck Ramp #3. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East approaching Exit 72 - U.S. 70 - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 say adios to the Pisgah National Forest. U.S. 70 will enter the forest again as it enters Old Fort. Interstate 40, however, will not see the forest again. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 East at Exit 72 - U.S. 70 East - Old Fort. Three eastbound lanes continue for another one-half mile and will end before reaching Exit 73. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East
Exit 73 serves North Carolina 1103 and Catawba Avenue. The Mountain Gateway Museum is located in Old Fort. Now that we have descended the height of Black Mountain, the freeway right-of-way widens, and the road becomes much straighter. We have left the Blue Ridge Mountains behind us. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The speed limit on Interstate 40 increases to 70 for the first time in North Carolina just before the departure of Exit 73. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 73 - North Carolina 1103/Catawba Avenue. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 75 - Parker Padgett Road/North Carolina 1234 - 1 1/2 miles. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 75 - Parker Padgett Road/North Carolina 1234 - 1 mile. Parker Padgett Road (North Carolina 1240) begins 0.2 mile south of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 75 - Parker Padgett Road. The road these ramps leads to is North Carolina 1234 (Oakdale Road), and if one travels north for a short time, they will reach North Carolina 1246, signed as Curtis Creek Road to the west and Greenlee Road to the east. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 81 - Marion - 2 miles. The city of Marion is the seat of McDowell County. As of the 2000 census, it is home to 4,943 residents. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 81 - Marion - 1 mile. The city is considered a gateway between the mountains and the piedmont sections of the state. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Exit 81 directly serves Sugar Hill Road, also known as North Carolina 1001. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 81 - Marion/Sugar Hill Road/North Carolina 1001. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The second eastbound rest area in North Carolina is located just west of Marion at mile marker 82. The next rest stop is 55 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 83 - Ashworth Road - 1 1/2 miles. Use Ashworth Road as a shortcut to U.S. 221 south. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at the Marion rest area. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 83 - Ashworth Road - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 83 - Ashworth Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 85 - U.S. 221 - 1 mile. Through North Carolina, U.S. 221 connects Rutherfordton, Gilkey, Thermal City, Glenwood, Marion, Linville Falls, Boone, and Jefferson. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Take U.S. 221 North to the Linville Gorge, also called the Grand Canyon of North Carolina. The gorge is located in the Pisgah National Forest. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 85 - U.S. 221 - 1/2 mile. The city of Boone is 63 miles to the north. Between Marion and Boone, the highway is winding and traverses several gaps while running parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway between Linville Falls and Blowing Rock. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 85 - U.S. 221. Downtown Marion is four miles to the north. Rutherfordton, seat of Rutherford County, is a 20 mile drive from this point. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Exit 86 is the final Marion exit, serving North Carolina 226. The area Division of Prisons Facilities and the state highway patrol headquarters of Troop G's District II are located in east Marion. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 86 - North Carolina 226 - 1 1/2 miles. The state highway barely misses crossing the state from north to south. For pictures of the ends of North Carolina 226, visit this page at State-Ends.com. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
McDowell Technical Community College is a two-year college that calls Marion home. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 86 - North Carolina 226 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use North Carolina 226 North to Bakersville, Burnsville, and Spruce Pine. Of these three, two are located directly on North Carolina 226 in Mitchell County. The other, Burnsville, is accessed via a 12-mile westward drive on U.S. 19E South. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 86 - North Carolina 226 - Marion/Shelby. The city of Shelby is located in Cleveland County near the South Carolina border and is 40 miles to the southeast of this partial cloverleaf. (Photo taken 7/6/05)

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