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NC 24.svg
NC 24
Length: 284 mi (457 km)
Formed: 1922[1]
West end: I-77.svgUS 21.svg I-77/US 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina
US 52.svg US 52 in Albemarle
I-73.svgI-74.svg I-73/74 near Biscoe
I-95.svg I-95 near Fayetteville
US 421.svg US 421 in Clinton
I-40.svg I-40 near Warsaw
US 17.svg US 17 in Jacksonville
East end: US 70.svg US 70 in Morehead City, NC
Counties: Mecklenburg, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore, Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Carteret
North Carolina highways
< US 23 US 25 >

NC 24 is a North Carolina state highway. It is one of the longest in the state, running 284 miles (457 km) from west to east. About 100 miles (160 km) of NC 24 is cosigned with North Carolina Highway 27.


Route description

NC 24 is both one of the longest and most concurrent routes in the state. Besides the approximately 100-mile (160 km) concurrency with NC 27 between Johnsonville and Charlotte, this route also shares long stretches of pavement with:

All told, about half of the total length of NC 24 runs concurrent with other routes.

As a route, it is designated as a "High Priority Corridor" for North Carolina, and much of it is highly traveled, providing the most direct access between Charlotte, Fayetteville and Jacksonville. It passes near or through three major Military installations (Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, and Camp Lejeune), as well as Morrow Mountain State Park, Lake Tillery and the Uwharrie National Forest. Most of the route east of I-40 is at least four lanes, with sections at or near freeway grade.

Along its eastern portions, Route 24 is known as Lejeune Boulevard thru Jacksonville, Freedom Way from the Camp Lejeune Main Gate to Swansboro, Corbett Avenue through Swansboro, Cedar Point Boulevard through Cedar Point, the W. B. McLean Highway through much of central Carteret County from JCT NC 58 to its terminus in Mansfield at US 70.


In March 2003, The state DOT rerouted the west end of NC 24 from US 74 to Interstate 77 (Exit 18). This was facilitated by following Harris Boulevard in east Charlotte instead of following NC 27. This added nearly 15 miles (24 km) onto the highway's length.

Before this rerouting, NC 24 was extraneous west of Johnsonville. It was concurrent with NC 27 over its entire length to its terminus at U.S. 74, at which point NC 27 continued while NC 24 did not.

NC 24's eastern terminus is at US 70 in Morehead City. This eastern segment leading to the terminus provides access to communities on the mainland side of the Bogue Sound.


  • 1922: NC 24 runs from Warsaw to Laurinburg, through Fayetteville. Most of this routing west of Fayetteville is now US 401.
  • 1925: NC 24's western terminus is extended to the South Carolina line and its eastern terminus is extended to Kenansville.
  • 1930: The route is extended east to Swansboro, using part of US 17. Also, NC 24 is rerouted through Kenansville, Beaulaville, Richlands, and Jacksonville; NC 24 still uses most of this route today. Furthermore, NC 24 is given a more direct route from Laurinburg to Wagram
  • 1930s: NC 24 is rerouted numerous times after the introduction of new U.S. Highways to North Carolina.
  • 1941: NC 24 west of Fayetteville is truncated; NC 87 and NC 78 take control of the truncated route.
  • 1963: The western terminus of NC 24 is moved and extended to Charlotte; this produced the 106-mile (171 km) concurrency with NC 27.
  • Mid 1960s: NC 24 is routed around Clinton and its routing through Fayetteville changed.
  • Early 1970s: The construction of the Cape Fear River bridge at Fayetteville removed many zigzags of NC 24 in Fayetteville.
  • 1982: NC 24 is routed along a four-lane bypass around Vander to access the newly built I-95.
  • 2000: NC 24 is routed onto I-40 for a segment between exits 364 and 373 and onto NC 11 around Kenansville and Warsaw. The old route was signed as Business NC 24.
  • 2003: NC 24 splits from NC 27 in eastern Charlotte to follow Harris Boulevard to its current western terminus at I-77.
  • 2006: NC 24 is rerouted unto the Jacksonville Bypass US 17 for 4 miles (6.4 km). The old route is signed as Business Route 24.

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