Updated every two years, 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 2015, are available at VisitNC.com or by calling 800-VISITNC. They are also available at welcome centers and rest areas across the state.
A full-sized version of the map – both front and back – are also available for download:
Insets show more detail than the front of the state transportation map can reveal. There are 22 insets covering major cities and regions in North Carolina as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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 mileage between major cities. Seven years later, it was printed with illustrations instructing motorists on the proper use of hand signals for 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.
Some of the State Transportation Maps over the years are available below: