Public hearing scheduled Feb. 4 for input on proposed Polk County scenic byway

A public hearing to receive input on a proposed potential scenic byway route in Polk County will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4 in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice in the Womack Building at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus.

The potential scenic byway route is proposed to go by some of Polk County’s natural features such as farmlands, forests and the Pacolet River and historic sites such as the Sidney Lanier House, the Mill Farm Inn and the Lynncote estate.

Maps showing the proposed potential scenic byway route can be found at

The proposed route is as follows:

From the corner of Skyuka Road and N.C. Hwy. 108 near the Pacolet Baptist Church with a right turn before the Pacolet River Bridge onto Old Howard Gap Road and then a left onto Howard Gap Road, looping back onto N.C. Hwy. 108/Lynn Road with then a right onto Erskine Road, a tie into N.C. Hwy. 176 with a possible loop back via Harmon Field Road onto Lynn Road/NC Hwy 108, then crossing over the Pacolet Bridge with a return to Pacolet Baptist Church.

Copies of the complete Scenic Byway proposal are available for review or for purchase (at a
nominal cost) in the County Manager’s Office in the Womack Building. They are also
available online at For additional information, contact Clerk to
the Board of Commissioners Angé High at (828) 894-3301, Ext. 221.