May 20, 2010 - The End of Highway 76
Did you ever wonder where Highway 76 ends? This well traveled road that everyone in Blairsivlle, Georgia calls Blue Ridge Highway goes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Follow it from Blairsville through Young Harris, Hiawassee, and Clayton, Georgia into South Carolina and it will eventually take you to the coast of North Carolina. It finally ends on Wrightsville Beach!
When driving on Highway 76 travelers see everything from the mountains to shrubby marsh land. Highway 76 runs east to west for 548 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee to the Atlantic . On the way from Blairsville , Georgia to Wrightsville Beach travelers pass many historic towns including Westminster , Seneca, Clemson, Anderson, Belton, and Laurens in South Carolina. Larger towns include Columbia and Florence (also in South Carolina ).
A road trip on Highway 76 is a step back in time. Parts of Highway 76 run through rural areas that are seldom visited since most people take the larger interstates whenever possible. In May, these lonely rural areas are strawberry country! Roadside stands sell freshly picked berries for $2.50 a quart.
In other sections Highway 76 merges with larger roads that run through busy downtown districts. You have to watch out for orange tigers in Clemson, South Carolina, home to the famous University. You can tell it's a college town - there's a pizza and hamburger joint on every corner.
Highway 76 has a speed limit ranging from 45 to 70 mph. The highway crosses the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge into Wilmington, NC and continues on about ten miles to Wrightsville Beach. Highway 76 comes to a dead end at a stand of oleander bushes. There is a wooden fence and a sign to mark the spot.