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N.C. 105

Northern Terminus:  Boone, NC  (Via US 221/421/NC 194)
Southern Terminus:  Linville, NC  (Via US 221)
Total Miles: 19

Bannered Routes

NC 105 is constantly multiplexed with four different Truck Routes: US 221, 321, 421, and NC 194. In Boone, there is a road called "105 By-Pass" that takes Truck US 321/421 off NC 105's hands; however it is not officially signed as such. NC 105 technically claims as the highest point of any highway to cross the Eastern Continental Divide at 4,050 feet (checkout NC 184 for reason). And lastly, parts of today's highway was originally part of the old Tweetsie Railroad (from Johnson City to Boone), which is now a theme park in Blowing Rock.

I cannot tell you how many times I have traveled up and down this highway! Probably the most important highway in Avery and Watauga counties; it is the most direct and safest route in the High Country. Soon, it will become a four-lane highway from Boone to Linville; making the highway even more safe for locals who are itching to pass the always slow driving Floridians.

Be careful with your speed though when approaching Invershield (a.k.a. Tynecastle)! Because of town borders that around there, it is not surprising to find the Seven Devils Police, Sugar Mountain Police, Sheriff Patrol, and Highway Patrol all at one place.

Related Links

  • Hawksnest Ski Resort


    Northern Terminus (03/19/01)

    Going South (03/19/01)

    Truck Route Galore (03/19/01)

    At Invershield (03/18/01)

    Southern Terminus (03/18/01)

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