North Carolina's 61 scenic byways allow motorists to experience a bit of the state's history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures.
The byway routes are carefully selected by the N.C. Department of Transportation as safe and interesting alternatives to the faster pace and commercial areas found along major highways and interstates.
Travelers can get to know North Carolina's people and communities and see the diverse beauty the Tar Heel state has to offer – from the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the fertile hills of the Piedmont to the marshes, sounds and beaches of the coast.
North Carolina Byways Guidebook
Get a free copy of the North Carolina Byways Guidebook to begin your journey exploring the roads less traveled.
Please note: Copies of the North Carolina Byways Guidebook currently are not being mailed due to restrictions from COVID-19. A digital copy is available for download.
Interactive North Carolina Byway Map
The interactive map below features general locations of some of the scenic byways. Use your mouse to click and drag around the map. Use the zoom controls to see the roads in more detail.