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N.C. 209 
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Photo: NC 209 leaving US 25-70 (Matt Craig)
NC 210
N.C. 209  41 miles
The Road: Begins at US 19-23 Lake Junaluska (Haywood County) and ends at US 25-70 Hot Springs (Madison County).
Towns and Attractions: Haywood Co: Lake Junaluska
Madison Co: Hot Springs
History: NC 209 is an original state highway, running essentially as it does now though its end points were NC 10 and NC 20 instead of US 19-23 and US 25-70.
The only discernable change I can find with NC 209 is that about 1954, it was extended south about a half-mile, replacing part of US 19-23 which was using SR 1523 Old Clyde Rd.
1927 Clasons
NC 209 rock-steady
1949 Haywood County
US 19-23 on Old Clyde Rd

1957 Haywood County
US 19-23 moved to current routing, NC 209 extended south
Comment: NC 209 is still pretty much a back-country road. Serves very small communities such as Trust and Luck. Nearly 20 years ago I had a good meal in a restaurant in Trust.
NC 209 achieves nearly 4000 feet at the county line but it looks to be a much gnarlier route approaching Hot Springs.
NC 209 is the closest state highway to the Max Patch area.

Last Update: 25 November 2009

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