North Carolina Highway 86

North Carolina Highway 86 (NC 86) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina that runs north and south through Orange and Caswell Counties from Chapel Hill to the Virginia state line at Danville, Virginia. The highway primarily links up the towns of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Yanceyville, along with providing a route between Chapel Hill and Virginia. Between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, NC 86 serves as an alternative to I-40.

North Carolina Highway 86 marker

North Carolina Highway 86
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length53.1 mi[2] (85.5 km)
Major junctions
South end US 15 / US 501 / NC 54 in Chapel Hill
  I-40 in Chapel Hill
I-85 in Hillsborough
US 70 in Hillsborough
US 158 in Yanceyville
North end SR 86 at the Virginia state line
CountiesOrange, Caswell
Highway system

Route descriptionEdit

NC 86's northern terminus at the Virginia state line.

NC 86 travels north from its southern terminus at US 15/US 501/NC 54 Bypass (Fordham Boulevard) in Chapel Hill, passing through the UNC campus and the town center. Exiting Chapel Hill into rural Orange County NC 86 meets I-40 before arriving in Hillsborough. There, the route meets I-85 and then joins NC 57 for about a mile through Hillsborough's central business district. Splitting to the northwest (signed north), NC 86 briefly joins NC 49 as they cross the Caswell County line.

Entering the small community of Prospect Hill, NC 86 splits from NC 49 and travels north toward Yanceyville. Just outside Yanceyville, NC 86 joins US 158 and crosses NC 62. After passing through central Yanceyville, US 158 splits west while NC 86 continues north to the state line, where the route continues as State Route 86 and travels into Danville, Virginia.


Prior to 1940, this was numbered as NC 14. It was renumbered to match up with Virginia's Route 86. Simultaneous with that change, the old NC 65 was renumbered as NC 14.

Old North Carolina Highway 86, (sometimes referred to as Old 86), is a highway that parallels NC 86. Heading from NC 54 near Carrboro, it follows northwest to Homestead/Dairyland Road near the unincorporated community of Calvander, it heads north paralleling I-40 until the intersection at exit 261. Then intersecting I-85, at exit 164, it ends at the intersection with US 70 Business, and NC 86. The highway was moved to the more heavily traveled corridor between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough in the 1950s.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

OrangeChapel Hill0.00.0    US 15 / US 501 / NC 54 (Fordham Boulevard) – Carrboro, PittsboroInterchange
  I-40 – Raleigh, GreensboroExit 266 (I-40)
  I-85 – Durham, GreensboroExit 165 (I-85); southern terminus of NC 86 Truck
  US 70 Bus. east / Elizabeth Brady Road
Southern end of US 70 Bus. concurrency
  US 70 Bus. west (Corbin Street)
Northern end of US 70 Bus. concurrency
   US 70 / NC 86 Truck south (Cornelius Street) – Durham, Burlington
Northern terminus of NC 86 Truck
15.224.5  NC 57 north – RoxboroSouthern terminus of NC 57
27.043.5  NC 49 south – GrahamSouthern end of NC 49 concurrency
CaswellProspect Hill27.544.3  NC 49 north – RoxboroNorthern end of NC 49 concurrency
Hightowers34.355.2  NC 119 – Mebane, Semora
38.962.6  US 158 east – RoxboroSouthern end of US 158 concurrency
Yanceyville41.967.4  NC 62 north – MiltonSouthern end of NC 62 concurrency
42.167.8  NC 62 south (Main Street)Northern end of NC 62 concurrency
44.271.1  US 158 west / County Home Road – Reidsville
53.185.5  SR 86 north – DanvilleVirginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Hillsborough truck routeEdit



North Carolina Highway 86 Truck
LocationHillsborough, North Carolina
Length8.3 mi[3] (13.4 km)

North Carolina Highway 86 Truck (NC 86 Truck) is a bypass route for truck drivers that are traveling through the city of Hillsborough. This 8.3-mile (13.4 km) route goes west around the entire city, via I-85 (between exits 165 and 160), I-85 Connector and US 70. The routing is well marked throughout and there are warning signs for truck drivers, including "tolerance ends," for that continue through the city.


  1. ^ a b N.C. 85 to 89 Archived 2008-01-07 at the Wayback Machine[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b Google (May 7, 2015). "North Carolina Highway 86" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Google (May 13, 2014). "NC 86 Truck - Hillsborough, North Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 13, 2014.

External linksEdit

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