Road Information

Interstate 85 in North Carolina Total Mileage in State: 223 miles
Northern End: At Virginia state line
Southern End: At South Carolina state line
Mileage covered in Photos: 38 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Cleveland, Gaston, Mecklenburg
Major Junctions in Photos: US 321, in Gastonia
I-485, near Charlotte
I-77, near Charlotte
Control Cities in Photos: Gastonia, Charlotte

Northbound

   

North Carolina welcome sign as Interstate 85 enters the state from South Carolina.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Speed limit sign located just across the border. The speed limit on this stretch of Interstate 85 is 65 mph, which is 5 mph less than what the speed limit is on most rural North Carolina freeways.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 2: NC 216 - Kings Mountain National Military Park  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North: Road view from mile marker 2.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at the Rest Area located near mile marker 3.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North: Road view from mile marker 4.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 5: Dixon School Rd  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North shield sign located near mile marker 6.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 7. It's 11 miles to Gastonia and 31 miles to Charlotte.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 8: NC 161 - Kings Mountain  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 10A: US 29 / US 74 East  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 10B: US 74 West - Kings Mountain / Shelby  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North: Road view from mile marker 11.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Use any of the next 7 exits to get to Gastonia.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 13: Edgewood Rd / Bessemer City  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 14: NC 274 - E Bessemer City / W Gastonia  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Near mile marker 16, the speed limit drops to 60 mph and stays that way until you are northeast of Charlotte.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 17: US 321 - Gastonia / Lincolnton  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 19: NC 7 - E Gastonia  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 20: NC 279 - Dallas / New Hope Rd  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 21: Cox Rd / Ranlo  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 22: Cramerton / Lowell  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 23: NC 7 - Lowell / McAdenville  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North: Road view from mile marker 24.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 24.5. It's 15 miles to Charlotte and 33 miles to Concord.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 26: Mt Holly / Belmont / Belmont Abbey Col  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 27: NC 273 - Belmont / Mt Holly  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at the Weigh Station located near mile marker 28.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 30 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 29: Sam Wilson Rd  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 30: Interstate 485 / To Interstate 77 - Pineville / Huntersville  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North as you enter the Charlotte city limits near mile marker 31.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 32: Little Rock Rd  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 33: Billy Graham Pkwy / Farmers Market / Charlotte-Douglas Intl Airport  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 34: NC 27 - Freedom Dr / Tuckaseegee Rd  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 35: Glenwood Dr  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 36: NC 16 / To US 74 East - Brookshire Blvd / Downtown  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 37: Beatties Ford Rd  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 38 - 1/4 mile.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 85 North at Exit 38: US 21 / Interstate 77 - Statesville / Columbia  (Photo taken 4/28/11).