As the longest highway in North Carolina, US-64 truly has something for everyone. It runs from the Tennessee border -- conveniently close to the Tail of the Dragon -- all the way to the Outer Banks. It’s the perfect way to see every type of terrain our state offers, and some of its best areas.
The eastern section is pure hog country, and careens through sprawling farms and tobacco fields. Head west and you’ll see more diverse terrain, particularly around the ancient Uwharries near Asheboro. A combination of rolling hills, low traffic, and occasional stoplights is a great recipe for some lead-footed fun.
Far, far west, little US-64 becomes a friendlier US-321, especially on a twisty stretch between Franklin and Murphy. This 65-mile section is officially called the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, named for the frequent waterfalls.