The N.C. Department of Transportation has designated 60 scenic byways to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures.
The byway routes are carefully selected as safe and interesting alternatives to the faster-pace and commercial areas found along North Carolina's major highways and interstates.
Travelers can really 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.
Big Horse Creek Byway
The 17.9-mile Big Horse Creek Byway features rural life in the beautiful mountains of Ashe County, specifically in Lansing, whose motto, "Echoes of the Past, Whispers of Tomorrow," well defines the small, rustic town.
North Carolina Byways Guidebook
Get a free copy of the North Carolina Byways Guidebook to begin your journey exploring some of North Carolina's less-traveled roads.
Download a copy
Send a message (along with your full mailing address)
Mail your request (along with your full mailing address) to:
North Carolina Byways Program
1557 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1577
Donations to the North Carolina Byways Program are appreciated.
North Carolina Byways Teacher's Guide
To request a copy of the Scenic Byways Teacher's Guide, please
send a message (along with your full mailing address).
North Carolina Byways are featured on
UGoTour, a free mobile tour guide app for mobile devices.
Interactive North Carolina Byway Map
The interactive map below features general locations of some of North Carolina's 60 byways. Use your mouse to click and drag around the map. Use the zoom controls to see the byways in more detail.