The New I-26 in Madison County

A Highway Through the Heavens of North Carolina.

I-26 curves towards Tennessee.  Photo by Brian Reynolds

What began as Appalachian Regional Corridor 'B' in the mid-1960's and ended as an extension of Interstate 26 into the mountains north of Asheville and into Tennessee, is a spectacular highway that combines the scenic majesty of the mountains and the utmost importance in safety and high-speed travel in this modern era.  Built in various segments and not without its share of controversy, the new I-26 instantly became the crown jewel of the North Carolina Highway System when the last miles opened in August 2003. 

Westbound Scenic Overlook:
(Left Image): Looking south and east from the overlook.  On a clear day, Mt. Mitchell and other high peaks can be seen. (Photo by Chris Curley)

(Right Image): Looking in the same direction from a lower perch. (Photo by Chris Curley)

(Left Image): I-26 passes in front as seen from the Upper Overlook.  (Photo by Brian Reynolds)

(Right Image): A view at the elevation difference between the upper overlook and the parking area.  (Photo by Brian Reynolds)

(Left Image): Looking north towards Sams Gap and Tennessee, both are still a few miles and a few more hundred feet higher in elevation away. (Photo by Chris Curley)

Road Scenes:
(Left Image): Overhead for US 23 (Exit 3) on I-26 East.  After the highways completion, most of US 23 stayed or was placed back on its old alignment.  Tennessee is supposed to follow suit.  (Photo by Chris Curley)

(Right Image): Lane instructions on I-26 West near the North Carolina/Tennessee State Line; Sams Gap. (Photo by Chris Curley)

Site Navigation:
  • Continue on I-26 into Tennessee
  • I-26 Roadgeek Meeting Page
  • Return to All Things NC! Index

  • Sources & Links:

  • I-26 @ Annex ---Mike Roberson
  • Unofficial I-26 Contstrucion: Madison County, North Carolina Page ---John Lansford
  • I-26 North Carolina ---Johnson City, TN Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization
  • I-26 @ ---Andy Field & Alex Nitzman
  • I-26 Roadtrip ---H.B. Elkins



    Page Created: September 13, 2003
    Last Updated: September 18, 2006

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