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NCDOT designates Airlie Road as state’s newest Scenic Byway


RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved the designation of Airlie Road in Wilmington as the state’s newest Scenic Byway.

The 1.5-mile stretch of road, which runs from Wrightsville Avenue and parallels the Intracoastal Waterway before terminating at U.S. 74/76 west of the Heide-Trask Drawbridge, was selected for the designation due to its natural beauty and historical features.

The route is lined with a tree canopy of live oaks and Spanish moss, and boasts water and pastoral views in addition to glimpses of historic homes. The road also passes Airlie Gardens, a botanical site maintained by New Hanover County. 

The City of Wilmington nominated the route for a Scenic Byway designation. As part of the new designation, this section of Airlie Road will be marked by official N.C. Department of Transportation Scenic Byway signs and included in NCDOT’s nationally-distributed Scenic Byways Guide.

The Airlie Road Scenic Byway is the state’s 57th designated Scenic Byway.  North Carolina has more than 2,200 miles of Scenic Byways, which have been carefully selected to embody the state’s diverse beauty and culture and provide travelers with a safe and interesting alternate route.

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Kidding, right?

Yes, such a beautiful road. Bars, dumpsters, construction signs and all!

Arlie Road

I remember it being truly magical driving down Arlie Road back in the 70s....oak trees draping both sides of the road...shaded and beautiful...then at the curve at the ICW opened up to a splendor of water. Now, much more developed, the overhangs are mostly gone, and it's lost it's charm as far as I see. But, in this day when the transplants want the Kenan Fountain to move, I'm sure the Arlie Road of today is a respite drive...but never what it used to be. What brought the transplants to our little town has also destroyed it in so many the eyes of a native Wilmingtonian

please that is a dump

please that is a dump

It's a dump?

If it's a dump, why don't you specifically detail to the rest of us what is so dumpy about it.

From where I'm sitting, it looks like you're just trying to blow some smoke up our rear ends in order to get a little attention.

I love that road. Always

I love that road. Always enjoy driving down it