The route begins in Shelby, NC at the intersection of US-74 and travels North to downtown Morganton, NC.
This route covers the lower Piedmont of NC. The scenery is rolling hills and farm land. It is relatively light on the curves. It travels through a couple of small towns.
This road has always been a favorite because of the road condition. In the section north of Fallston it is easy traveling at 55m/hr.
At roughly the half way point there are two stops of interest. Red Bone Willy's Trading Company is a nice place to stop and get a glass bottle of Hehi and ice cream on a hot day. Knob Creek Orchard is has a nice shop with John Dear gifts and fresh fruits when in season.