The state's historical highways
Many of North Carolina's federal highways were formerly roads of historic nature. US-17 follows the same track as the old Post Road and King's Highway from Boston to Charleston (very important during the American Revolution).
Part of US-311 is near the old Fayetteville-to-Bethania Plank Road which follows an old Indian trail.
The Estatoe Path, a Cherokee trail is located along the US-64 that runs through the Blue Ridge.
Portions of US-301 from Wilson north were used by British commander Lord Charles Cornwallis in his march from Wilmington in 1781. From the Smithfield area to the Cape Fear Valley, the same US-301 runs a route similar to "Green's Path" which also dates from the Colonial Era.