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 routes are carefully selected as safe and interesting alternates to the faster-pace and commercial areas found along the state'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 and sounds in the Coastal Plain.
Blue-Gray Scenic Byway
The Harper House near Bentonville Battlefield
The 82-mile Blue-Gray Scenic Byway winds through farmlands and towns in Johnson, Wayne, Lenoir and Jones counties that are rich with Civil War history – events like the Battle of Bentonville in 1865 that slowed Union Gen. William Sherman's march through North Carolina. More than 5,000 soldiers died in the fight – considered one of the bloodiest in The War Between the States.
Bentonville Battlefield & Harper House (Bentonville): The site of the largest Civil War battle ever fought in North Carolina and the home of John and Amy Harper, which served as a field hospital for Union troops.
Howell Woods (Four Oaks): 2,800 acres near the beginning of the byway that feature hiking trails, horseback riding, fishing, camping, hunting, birdwatching and other activities
Cliffs of Neuse State Park (Seven Springs): Hiking trails, 11-acre swimming lake, picnic grounds and a visitor center with exhibits
Brock Mill House & Pond (Trenton): Picturesque 1700s mill house on a 132-acre pond abundant with wildlife and plants at the end of the byway
Photos & Video
Use your mouse to click and drag around the map. Use the zoom controls to see the byways in more detail.
Hold your mouse over each of the icons for more information.