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Photo: US 25 freeway near Hendersonville. US 25 now continues straight ahead instead of NC 225. (Adam Prince)
|U.S. 25 80 miles|
|The Road:||Enters from South Carolina below Tuxedo (Rutherford County) and leaves into Tennessee near Antioch (Madison County). Nationally the road runs from US 17 Brunswick, GA to US 42-127 Cincinnati, OH||Towns and Attractions:||Henderson Co.: Hendersonville, E Flat Rock
Buncombe Co.: Skyland, Biltmore Forest, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, Weaverville
Madison Co.: Marshall, Hot Springs, Pisgah Nat'l Forest
US 25 is an original US Highway. In North Carolina it was attached to NC 29 from the South Carolina line end appears to have ended at US 19/NC 10 Hilliard Ave or possibly US 70/NC 20 at College Ave in downtown Asheville. There appears to have been a gap in US 25 north of here into Tennessee - I can find NO map from any source that labels US 25 in North Carolina north of Asheville until 1932. North Carolina Officials do label US 25 in Tennessee between Newport and the NC line back to 1929 but do not label it in NC. Since historical references (US-Highways.com) do not indicate a gap this may be a quirk in map labeling.
US 25 initially used "Old US 25" from the South Carolina line, then today's NC 225 through Tuxedo, Flat Rock and into Hendersonville. US 25 used Main St through downtown Hendersonville, then current US 25 Bus out of town.
in late 1934, NC 69 was removed from US 25 below Asheville and NC 20 was removed from US 25 above Asheville.
Between 1954-57, US 25 was put on one-way splits in downtown Hendersonville. SB continued to use Main St while NB used King St north to US 64 7th St west back to Main. Today the 7th St duplex is gone but it is unclear when that occurred (btw 1969-87).
Between 1958-62, US 25 SB was removed from Main St and moved to Church St, replacing US 25-A. Main St became SR 1851.
In 1960, US 25 was put on a newly constructed bypass around Marshall, leaving behind US 25 Business.
About 1981, US 25-70 was rerouted above Asheville to follow the US 19-23 freeway around Weaverville, then headed west as new construction to connect to the existing Marshall Bypass. Heavner Rd (some maps show Old Marshall Hwy) became SR 1839 and along the French Broad River became NC 251, including what had been the easternmost bit of the Marshall Bypass.
US 25 above Asheville is a good alternative to I-40 through the Smokies - there is not very much winding alignment left west of Marshall. DeLorme maps continue to not show improvements made west of Hot Springs that have straightened out the route.
US 25's last cutout was located on I-240 WB and was removed about 1990.
For some reason, US 25 is allowed to remain on Merrimon Ave even though all its friends are allowed to play in the freeway...