Trail Directions

The trail begins in Ayden, approximately 12 miles south of Greenville, at the Skylight Inn (circa 1947) founded by Walter B. (Pete ) Jones; running thence in a northerly direction on NC Hwy 11 approximately 12 miles to Greenville, the home of B’s Barbecue (circa Late 1970’s) founded by William and Peggy McLawhorn; depart Greenville on US Hwy 264 West toward Wilson.  From Greenville city limits travel approximately 11 miles on US Hwy 264 to exit No. 63.  Exit toward Farmville and proceed on US Hwy 258 S approximately 2.3 miles to Jack Cobb & Son Barbecue Place(circa 1940) continue on US Hwy 258 S to Snowhill, N. C., pick up US Hwy 13 S to Goldsboro (total distance from Farmville approximately 30 miles) turn left on US Hwy 70 E to the home of Wilber’s Barbecue (circa 1962) founded by Wilber Shirley; running thence westerly on US Hwy 70 Byp to the juncture of US Hwy 117 Byp; continuing South on US Hwy 117 Byp approximately 3.4 miles; exit left Arrington Bridge Rd./NC Hwy 581 and continue on Arrington Bridge Rd./NC Hwy 581 for 4 miles; turn right to stay on Arrington Bridge Rd./NC Hwy 581 and continue 3.5 miles to the intersection of Arrington Bridge Rd./NC Hwy 581 and Sleepy Creek Rd., the site of Grady’s Barbecue (circa 1986) founded by Steve and Gerri Grady; backtrack on Arrington Bridge Rd./NC Hwy 581 to US Hwy 117 Byp.  Travel north on US Hwy 117 Byp approximately 7.5 miles to the juncture of US Hwy 117 Byp and US Hwy 70; turn left on US Hwy 70 West toward Raleigh.  Travel approximately 20 miles and exit onto I-95 South; continue on I-95 South 15.8 miles and exit at No. 81A onto I-40 toward Raleigh/Durham.  Travel 9.1 miles, take exit 319 turn left(NC-210W) toward McGees Crossroads/Angier.  Continue 1.3 miles to the intersection of  NC50/NC50 North.  Turn right on NC 50 North and travel 1.3 miles to the home of Stephenson’s Barbecue, Willow Springs (circa 1958) founded by Paul Stephenson, Jr.;  continue North on NC Hwy 50 to the intersection of NC Hwy 42.  Turn right on NC Hwy 42 and proceed back to I-40.  Turn left on I-40 West toward Raleigh and continue running in a westerly direction on I-40 approximately 12 miles to the intersection of I-40 and 440 Beltline; running thence with I-40 and 440 Beltline in a westerly direction approximately 40 miles to the Intersection of I-40 and US Hwy 86; running thence north on US Hwy 86 towards Hillsborough  approximately 1.5 miles to Allen & Son Barbecue (circa 1971) founded by Keith Allen; backtrack south on US Hwy 86 approximately 1.5 miles to I-40; running thence westerly with I-40 approximately 29 miles to the intersection of NC Hwy 62; running thence in a northerly direction on NC Hwy 62 to its intersection with US Hwy 70 in Burlington, the site of Hursey’s Barbecue (circa 1960) founded by Charles Hursey; backtrack in a southerly direction on US Hwy 62 to the intersection of I-40; running thence in a westerly direction with I-40 approximately 21 miles to Greensboro,  the home of Stamey’s Barbecue (circa 1938) founded by Warner Stamey; running thence in a northerly direction from Greensboro on US Hwy 29 approximately 20 miles to Reidsville, the home of Short Sugar’s Drive-In (circa 1949) founded by Johnny and Clyde Overby; running thence westerly on NC Hwy 65/704 approximately 13 miles to Madison, the home of Fuzzy’s (circa 1954) founded by T.H. “Fuzzy” Nelson; running thence southwardly on US Hwy 311 approximately 25 miles to Winston-Salem, the home of Hill’s Lexington Barbecue (circa 1951) founded by Joe Allen Hill, also the home of Little Richard’s Bar-B-Que (circa 1991) founded by Richard Berrier; running thence southwardly on US Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles to Arcadia, the home of Speedy Lohr’s BBQ of Arcadia (circa 1989) founded by Roger Lohr, son of Paul “Speedy” Lohr of Lexington; running thence southwardly on US Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles to US Hwy 64; running thence eastwardly on US Hwy 64 to Lexington, the home of Smiley's Lexington BBQ owned by Steve Yountz (circa 1950), also the home of the The Barbecue Center, Inc. (circa 1950) founded by Sonny and Nancy Conrad; backtrack to I-85 Byp and continue in a southerly direction on I-85 approximately 18 miles to Salisbury, the home of Richard’s Bar-B-Q (circa 1935) founded by Popeye Trexler and Grant Fories also the home of Wink’s Bar-B-Que and Seafood (circa 1952) founded by “Wink” Wansler; running thence in a southerly direction on US Hwy 52 approximately 5 miles to Granite Quarry, home of M&K Barbecue & Country Cooking (circa 1990) founded by Myran and Kathy Thomas; backtrack in a northerly direction on US Hwy 52 approximately 5 miles to Salisbury, continuing out of Salisbury on Hwy 70 approximately 26.4 miles to Statesville the home of Carolina Bar-B-Q (circa 1985) founded by Gene and Linda Medlin; running thence in a westerly direction on I-40 approximately 63 miles to the Marion/Shelby exit (Hwy 221 and 226). Turn right on Hwy 221/226 toward Marion; drive to the top of the mountain (curvey road) make a left turn on Hwy 226A toward Little Switzerland; continue to the junction of Exit to The Blue Ridge Parkway and exit to Switzerland Inn; DO NOT take either of these exits but continue to the left and down the hill about 200 yards. The Switzerland Café is on the left. Backtrack on Hwy 226A to Hwy 226 and go back down the mountain (follow signs to Shelby) a total of approximately 69 miles to Shelby;  home of Bridges Barbecue Lodge (circa 1948) founded by Red Bridges and wife Lyttle “Mama B” Bridges; running thence in a westerly direction on US Hwy 74 approximately 50 miles to Hendersonville, running thence from Hendersonville on US Hwy 64 approximately 90 miles to Murphy; running thence in a westerly direction on US Hwy 64 from Murphy approximately 15 miles to Herb’s Pit BBQ (circa 1982) founded by Hoover “Herb” and Helen Gibson, the end of the trail.