North Carolina Highway 20

North Carolina Highway 20 (NC 20) is a 27-mile (43 km) North Carolina state highway that runs through Hoke, Robeson and Bladen counties. It serves as a major road in each of the three incorporated communities through which it passes. The route is co-designated as St. Pauls Road in Raeford, Main Street in Lumber Bridge, and Broad Street in St. Pauls.

North Carolina Highway 20 marker

North Carolina Highway 20
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length28.6 mi[2] (46.0 km)
Major junctions
West end
US 401 Bus. / NC 211 in Raeford
  I-95 in St. Pauls
US 301 in St. Pauls
East end NC 87 near Tar Heel
CountiesHoke, Robeson, Bladen
Highway system
US 19WUS 21

Route descriptionEdit

NC 20 begins at its eastern terminus at NC 87 in northwest Bladen County near Tar Heel and the Cape Fear River. From there, the route travels in a westerly direction into Robeson County and through the heart of St. Pauls. After crossing Fifth Street / U.S. Route 301 (US 301), NC 20 continues to an interchange with Interstate 95's (I-95) exit 31 at the western edge of town.

After the interchange, NC 20 darts northwest through the town of Lumber Bridge, where it crosses NC 71 (Fayetteville Street). Crossing over the county line into Hoke County, NC 20 heads northwest to meet with Central Avenue, U.S. Route 401 Business (US 401 Bus.) in downtown Raeford. There, NC 20 joins Business US 401 for approximately 0.3 miles (0.48 km) to end at NC 211 (Main Street).[3]


The original NC 20 was at one time the longest numbered route in North Carolina, running from the Tennessee border to the port city of Wilmington, a distance of 401 miles (645 km). After the introduction of U.S. highways in North Carolina in 1934, the route was carved up between routes US 19, US 70, US 74, US 76, and US 17.[1]

The modern NC 20 was originally NC 220. Despite a few minor reroutings, the state highway has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s. The NC 220 designation was dropped permanently from the state highway system around 1935 after the introduction of US 220 into North Carolina.[4] With the possible extension of I-20 into North Carolina, this route may be renumbered again.[citation needed]

Major intersectionsEdit

   US 401 Bus. south / NC 211 (Main Street) – Wagram, Red Springs, Aberdeen
West end of US 401 Bus. overlap
  US 401 Bus. north (Central Avenue) – Fayetteville
East end of US 401 Bus. overlap
RobesonLumber Bridge11.318.2  NC 71 – Red Springs, Parkton
St. Pauls18.6–
  I-95 – Lumberton, FayettevilleI-95 exit 31; diamond interchange
19.331.1  US 301 (5th Street) – Lumberton, Hope Mills
BladenTar Heel28.646.0  NC 87 – Dublin, Fayetteville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b NCRoads - NC 20[self-published source] Archived September 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Google (February 3, 2016). "North Carolina Highway 20" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  3. ^ State Ends - NC 20[self-published source] Archived July 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ NCRoads - NC 220[self-published source] Archived September 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

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