Driving directions to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center


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From Raleigh and eastern North Carolina
Take I-40 West to Exit 270 (HWY 15-501). Take a left off of the exit to get onto 15-501 going towards Chapel Hill. After a one and half miles, the road forks. Stay to the right and get on Franklin Street when it splits off. The Morehead Center is 2.5 miles on the left on Franklin Street.

From Pittsboro and the Sandhills area
Take 15-501 North into Chapel Hill. After crossing over Fordham Blvd. (otherwise known as the 54/15-501 bypass) the road becomes Columbia Street. Proceed for 1.5 miles (7 stoplights). Turn right at the eighth traffic light—Franklin Street. The Morehead Center is on the right about a half-mile after turning on Franklin Street.

From Durham and areas northeast of Durham
Take I-85 South to 15-501 South. Continue 1.6 miles past the I-40 interchange and take the Franklin Street exit, which veers off to the right – (Morehead Planetarium and Franklin Street signs precede the exit by a half block). Proceed on Franklin Street for 2.6 miles. The Morehead Center is located on the left about a half block after the traffic light at Hillsborough Street (labeled Raleigh Street as it enters from the left).

From Burlington, Greensboro and western North Carolina
Take I-40 East (Watch for the separation of I-85 and I-40 just east of Efland) to exit 266 – Highway 86. Turn right. Highway 86 becomes Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd.). Stay on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 4.1 miles to the Franklin Street traffic light. Turn left. The Morehead Center is on the right about a half-mile after turning on Franklin Street.

Directions to Ebenezer Church Recreation Area

Ebenezer Church Recreation Area at Jordan Lake is the site of most Morehead Center observing sessions.