Scots-Welsh Heritage Byway


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationNC
  • Length13.2 miles
Statewide Byway Partners
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Scots-Welsh Heritage Byway


The Scots-Welsh Heritage Byway travels through Orange County along trade roads used by Native Americans and early backcountry pioneers. The king of England gave much of the land along this route to 18th-century Scotch-Welsh settlers. Generation after generation have lived and farmed this land, each leaving its own mark, making this byway a unique journey through American history. Travelers start by cruising down Old NC 86, a route that actually appears on colonial maps dating back to 1770. Not far down the road is a scenic vista of farmland known as Currie Hill, where the elevation goes from about 500 feet to more than 800 feet above sea level. The hills form a horseshoe-shaped valley near the tributary of New Hope Creek. Eventually motorists will snake their way along a gravel road through beautiful forests with rustic homesteads, log cabins, and historic farms. Many of the farms are still in use today. Keep an eye out for Cane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, which includes a mid-1800s cemetery that is home to several Civil War soldiers’ graves.

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