On Dec. 5, 2013, the North Carolina Department of Transportation designated the 1.5-mile Airlie Rd. as a Scenic Byway because of its natural beauty and historical features. Airlie Rd. joins the Cape Fear Historic Byway as the two Scenic Byways in the City of Wilmington and one of 57 Scenic Byways in North Carolina.
The Wilmington City Council authorized the application for the designation in August, 2012.
According to a release from the NCDOT, this section of Airlie Road will be marked by official NCDOT Scenic Byway signs and included in NCDOT’s nationally-distributed Scenic Byways Guide.