Pictures:  North Carolina - Interstate 40 Westbound

Total Mileage In State: 423 miles
Eastern End: At US 117 in Wilmington, NC
Southern End: At Tennessee state line
Mileage Covered in Pictures: 123 miles
Counties Covered in Pictures: Catawba, Burke, McDowell, Buncombe, Haywood
Major Junctions in Pictures: I-240, in Asheville
I-26, in Asheville
Main Towns/Cities in Pictures: Hickory, Morganton, Asheville

Westbound

Interstate 40 West at Exit 123A: US 321 South / To NC 127 South - Lincolnton / Gastonia
Speed limit sign located near mile marker 122. The speed limit on most of Interstate 40 in North Carolina is 65 mph.
Mileage sign located near mile marker 122. It's 19 miles to Morganton and 76 miles to Asheville.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 121: Long View
Interstate 40 West at Exit 119: Hildebran / Henry River
Interstate 40 West shield sign located near mile marker 118.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 118: Old NC 10
Interstate 40 West at Exit 116: Icard
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 115.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 113: Rutherford College / Connelly Springs
Interstate 40 West at Exit 112: Mineral Springs Mtn Rd / Valdese
Interstate 40 West at Exit 111: Valdese
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 110.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 108.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 107: NC 114 - Drexel
Interstate 40 West at Exit 106: Bethel Rd
Interstate 40 West at Exit 105: NC 18 - Morganton / Shelby
Interstate 40 West at Exit 104: Enola Rd
Interstate 40 West at Exit 103: US 64 - Morganton / Rutherfordton
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 102.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 100: Glen Alpine / Jamestown Rd
Speed limit sign near mile marker 99, as it increases to 70 mph.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 98: Causby Rd
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 97.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 96: Kathy Rd
Interstate 40 West at Exit 94: Dysartsville Rd / Lake James
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 93.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 90: Nebo / Lake James
Interstate 40 West at Exit 86: NC 226 - Marion / Shelby
Interstate 40 West at Exit 85: US 221 - Marion / Rutherfordton
Interstate 40 West at Exit 83: Ashworth Rd
Interstate 40 West at the Rest Area near mile marker 82, which was closed at this time.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 81: Sugar Hill Rd
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 79.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 75: Parker Padgett Rd
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 73.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 73: Old Fort
Warning sign just past Exit 73 alerting motorists that there is a chance of low visibility for the next 6 miles if the lights around this sign are flashing.
At mile marker 72, the speed limit drops to 55 mph as Interstate 40 West prepares to climb a large, winding mountain.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 71, at the beginning of the long climb.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 71.7, as the climb continues.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 71.3, as you still climb the mountain.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 70.
Interstate 40 West: Another road view, this time from mile marker 68. As you can see, you still haven't reached the top of the mountain. However, the top is in sight.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 67, as you reach the top of the mountain and begin going down a steep grade on the other side.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 66: Ridgecrest
Interstate 40 West at Exit 65: US 70 - Black Mountain
Interstate 40 West at Exit 64: NC 9 - Black Mountain / Montreat
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 63.5.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 59: Swannanoa
Use any of the next 6 exits to get to Asheville.
Interstate 40 West near mile marker 57, as the speed limit drops to 60 mph as you approach Asheville.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 55: To US 70 - E Asheville / VA Hospital
Interstate 40 West at Exit 53B: Interstate 240 / US 74A West - Asheville
Interstate 40 West at Exit 44: US 19 / US 23 - W Asheville / Enka-Candler
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 43.
Interstate 40 West at the Weigh Station located near mile marker 41.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 37: East Canton
Interstate 40 West at Exit 33: Newfound Rd
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 33.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 31: NC 215 - Canton
Interstate 40 West at Exit 27: US 74 West / To US 19 / To US 23 - Clyde / Waynesville
Mileage sign located near mile marker 26. It's 43 miles to Newport and 91 miles to Knoxville.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 26.
Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 24 - 1 1/4 miles.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 24: NC 209 - Lake Junaluska / Hot Springs
Interstate 40 West at Exit 20: US 276 - Maggie Valley
Warning sign located near mile marker 19, alerting truck drivers that Interstate 40 West is a winding road for the next 20 miles, and the speed limit for trucks during this stretch is 50 mph.
Speed limit sign near mile marker 19. The speed limit during this 20 mile winding stretch is 55 mph for cars, and 50 mph for trucks (as previously mentioned).
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 17.
Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 15 - 1 mile.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 15: Fines Creek
Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 14.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 13.
Interstate 40 West at the Rest Area located near mile marker 12.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 10.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from near mile marker 9.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 8.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 7: Harmon Den. During this time, they were working on the bridge on I-40 at this exit and all traffic was required to take Exit 7, then merge back onto I-40 to the west of the bridge work.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 5.
Interstate 40 West: Road view as you prepare to pass through the tunnel near mile marker 4.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 3.
Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 1, as I-40 prepares to cross into Tennessee.