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Photo: NC 694 at its northern terminus from Beaverdam Rd. The Blue Ridge Parkway is in the background. (Adam Prince)
|N.C. 694 6 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at US 70-74A Asheville and ends at the Blue Ridge Pakway at Craven Gap, all within Buncombe County.||Towns and Attractions:||Buncombe Co: Asheville, Blue Ridge Pkwy
About 1954, NC 694's southeast end was truncated to Woodfin, replaced by a rerouted US 70.
In 1961, NC 694's southeast end was extended back along Woodfin to end at US 19 Bus-23 Bus Market St. This replaced US 70 which had been moved to the current I-240 expressway. There is a picture of an interchange between NC 694 and the freeway on page 66 of the book Paving Tobacco Road by Walter Turner.
Between 1966-68, NC 694's southeast end was truncated to Oak and Woodfin at an offramp from US 70 EB (this is now a parking lot behind First Baptist Church).
In 1981 or 1982, NC 694's south end was moved to its current location, with Charlotte/Woodfin Sts becoming US 70 again as it is today.
The first NC 694 was born in 1922, running from NC 69 (US 19E-NC 194 jct) Cranberry west through Elk Park to the Tennessee Line.
Leaving Asheville, NC 694 is continually uphill to its end at the Parkway. There is virtually no straight segment to the route, which is narrow, shoulderless, and often has a few wood posts as its "railing."
NC 694 reaches an elevation approaching 3600 feet as it ascends Town Mountain. There are very few actual NC 694 signs. It is posted okay at US 70/74A, but there is no advance warning at the Parkway for NC 694. There is a reassurance marker (sans direction) once on NC 694.