Road Information

Interstate 40 in North Carolina Total Mileage in State: 423 miles
Eastern End: At US 117 in Wilmington
Western End: At Tennessee state line
Mileage covered in Photos: 123 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Catawba, Burke, McDowell, Buncombe, Haywood
Major Junctions in Photos: I-240, in Asheville
I-26, in Asheville
Control Cities in Photos: Hickory, Morganton, Asheville

Westbound

   

Interstate 40 West at Exit 123A: US 321 South / To NC 127 South - Lincolnton / Gastonia  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Speed limit sign located near mile marker 122. The speed limit on most of Interstate 40 in North Carolina is 65 mph.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 122. It's 19 miles to Morganton and 76 miles to Asheville.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 121: Long View  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 119: Hildebran / Henry River  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West shield sign located near mile marker 118.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 118: Old NC 10  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 116: Icard  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 115.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 113: Rutherford College / Connelly Springs  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 112: Mineral Springs Mtn Rd / Valdese  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 111: Valdese  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 110.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 108.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 107: NC 114 - Drexel  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 106: Bethel Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 105: NC 18 - Morganton / Shelby  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 104: Enola Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 103: US 64 - Morganton / Rutherfordton  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 102.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 100: Glen Alpine / Jamestown Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Speed limit sign near mile marker 99, as it increases to 70 mph.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 98: Causby Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 97.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 96: Kathy Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 94: Dysartsville Rd / Lake James  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 93.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 90: Nebo / Lake James  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 86: NC 226 - Marion / Shelby  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 85: US 221 - Marion / Rutherfordton  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 83: Ashworth Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at the Rest Area near mile marker 82, which was closed at this time.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 81: Sugar Hill Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 79.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 75: Parker Padgett Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 73.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 73: Old Fort  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Warning sign just past Exit 73 alerting motorists that there is a chance of low visibility for the next 6 miles if the lights around this sign are flashing.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

At mile marker 72, the speed limit drops to 55 mph as Interstate 40 West prepares to climb a large, winding mountain.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 71, at the beginning of the long climb.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 71.7, as the climb continues.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 71.3, as you still climb the mountain.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 70.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Another road view, this time from mile marker 68. As you can see, you still haven't reached the top of the mountain. However, the top is in sight.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 67, as you reach the top of the mountain and begin going down a steep grade on the other side.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 66: Ridgecrest  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 65: US 70 - Black Mountain  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 64: NC 9 - Black Mountain / Montreat  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 63.5.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 59: Swannanoa  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Use any of the next 6 exits to get to Asheville.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West near mile marker 57, as the speed limit drops to 60 mph as you approach Asheville.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 55: To US 70 - E Asheville / VA Hospital  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 53B: Interstate 240 / US 74A West - Asheville  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 44: US 19 / US 23 - W Asheville / Enka-Candler  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 43.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at the Weigh Station located near mile marker 41.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 37: East Canton  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 33: Newfound Rd  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 33.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 31: NC 215 - Canton  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 27: US 74 West / To US 19 / To US 23 - Clyde / Waynesville  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 26. It's 43 miles to Newport and 91 miles to Knoxville.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 26.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 24 - 1 1/4 miles.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 24: NC 209 - Lake Junaluska / Hot Springs  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 20: US 276 - Maggie Valley  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Warning sign located near mile marker 19, alerting truck drivers that Interstate 40 West is a winding road for the next 20 miles, and the speed limit for trucks during this stretch is 50 mph.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Speed limit sign near mile marker 19. The speed limit during this 20 mile winding stretch is 55 mph for cars, and 50 mph for trucks (as previously mentioned).  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 17.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 15 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 15: Fines Creek  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 14.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 13.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at the Rest Area located near mile marker 12.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 10.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 9.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 8.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West at Exit 7: Harmon Den. During this time, they were working on the bridge on I-40 at this exit and all traffic was required to take Exit 7, then merge back onto I-40 to the west of the bridge work.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 5.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view as you prepare to pass through the tunnel near mile marker 4.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 3.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).

Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 1, as I-40 prepares to cross into Tennessee.  (Photo taken 5/10/11).