Northern Terminus: Near Roan Mountain, TN (Tennessee State Line)
Southern Terminus: Bakersville, NC (Via NC 226)
Total Miles: 13
NC 261 is the highest highway in the state (6285 ft). At the state line, NC 261 becomes TN 143 and continues towards Roan Mountain.
Just at the enterence of this road in Bakersville gives you an idea what your getting into. This is probably one of the most extreme route anyone could possibly take if going to Roan Mountain, TN.
Junction NC 261 (03/18/01)
Southern Terminus (03/18/01)