Updated every two years since 1916, the State Transportation Map has been a popular travel resource as it features North Carolina's extensive highway system as well as important safety information.
Free copies of the most recent map, published in 2017, are available for order at VisitNC.com or by calling 800-VISITNC. Copies are also available at welcome centers and rest areas across the state.
A full-sized, high-resolution version of the map – both front and back – is available below for download.NOTE:
Because of the large size of each file (approximately 42 MB each), downloads may be slow on data or wireless Internet connections.
Insets show more detail than the front of the state transportation map can reveal. There are 23 insets covering major cities and regions in North Carolina as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway.
History of the State Transportation Map
In addition to the State Transportation Map’s detail and the number of roads on it, there have been quite a few changes to the map since it was first printed in 1916.
In 1923, for example, the N.C. Department of Transportation added a mileage chart for travelers to estimate the distance between major cities. Seven years later, NCDOT printed illustrations instructing motorists how to properly use hand signals when turning left and right and for stopping.
The first color map was printed in 1936 and featured a 40-inch hand-drawn panorama of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was under construction at the time.
For three decades, beginning in the 1940s, NCDOT printed two versions – a black-and-white map that featured regulatory information for commercial vehicles and a color map that highlighted points of interest for tourists.
Links to some of the State Transportation Maps from over the years (available in PDF format) are below.