Spencer's Mountain at Crab Orchard in Cumberland County was the most dangerous and talked about point on the Walton Road. Construction of I-40 destroyed the side of the mountain, but Spencer's Rock still marks the path the road made up the mountain.
U.S. 70 and the railroad followed the same path as Walton Road to descend into Rowan County.
Walton Road served travelers into the twentieth century, providing the foundation for newer roads until the construction of Interstate 40.
One way to trace the old road today is by locating the abandoned railroad bed. US 70N, built in the 1920s, followed Walton Road and was even built on top of parts of the road in Putnam County and eastern Smith County.
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