Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to widen Brown Mountain Beach Road (S.R. 1328) to 20 feet in five locations. The proposed widening sections are located along a 2.2-mile section of Brown Mountain Beach Road between the intersections of Adako Road and Craig Creek Road (approximately Milepost 5.3 to Milepost 7.5) in Caldwell County. The entire project area is located within the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest.

The purpose of the project is to improve the roadway in select locations to address existing operational issues along the corridor. Brown Mountain Beach Road is an unpaved route that serves as the primary vehicular access to the Wilson Creek Gorge, a National Wild and Scenic River and popular recreational destination within the Pisgah National Forest. The roadway also provides access to rural communities and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Under current conditions, sections of the roadway are too narrow to allow for two vehicles to safely pass. The combination of these narrow lane configurations, heavy summer and weekend traffic volumes, and illegally parked vehicles poses significant safety concerns for emergency responders who cannot respond to calls in a timely manner.  These sections also make travel through the gorge difficult for residents who live in the Edgemont and Mortimer communities.  The proposed improvements would widen the roadway to 20 feet (two 10-foot travel lanes) to allow two vehicles to pass in opposing directions.   

Project History

The U.S. Forest Service, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Caldwell County, and local law enforcement agencies have been collaborating for a number of years regarding access within the Wilson Creek corridor along Brown Mountain Beach Road. Areas of focus have been improving traffic flow, parking, native and wild trout conservation, and watershed improvements. In 2022, a grant application was prepared by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service to seek federal funding for the widening of Brown Mountain Beach Road within the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest. Funding for these improvements was granted later that year under the North Carolina Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP).

Project Maps

There are five study areas, from north (closest to Craig Creek Road) to south (closest to Adako Road): 1, 3, 4, 5A, and 6.

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Study Area 1


Study Area 3


Study Area 4


Study Area 5A


Study Area 6

Project Funding:


 Estimated Costs*

Project Development & Design

$    175,000

Right of Way Acquisition


Construction Costs

 $ 1.575 Million

Total Cost

$ 1.75 Million

*Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on currently adopted NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program.

Project Timeline:


Anticipated Date*

Develop Functional Roadway Designs

Summer 2023  

Environmental Document Approved

February 2024   

Right of Way Acquisition Begins

Fall 2024   

Construction Begins

February 2025   

*Future dates subject to change

Project Comments


NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.  

All comments will be taken into consideration, and carry equal weight, regardless of submittal method.

To submit comments for consideration during the current phase of project development,

please submit before February 23, 2024.

The public is encouraged to leave comments using this webpage, email, or phone number:



Phone Number:  984-205-6615    enter project code 6698

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Heath Slaughter

NCDOT Project Manager

NCDOT Highway Division 11

801 Statesville Road

North Wilkesboro, NC 28659


Nick Mountcastle

Consultant Project Manager


P.O. Box 33127

Raleigh, NC 27636

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Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  

Right-of-Way Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
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