Tryon Road is a heavily traveled thoroughfare running across the southern side of Raleigh. The majority of the road runs parallel to I-40.
Tryon Road begins in Cary at an interchange with US 1 and US 64 in a commercial area. Tryon carries four lanes and a median northeast through suburban Cary, passing by WakeMed Children's Hospital. Development surrounding the route transitions to rural farmland west of Dillard Drive, taking a more east-west alignment. Tryon turns to the southeast as it approaches Raleigh's Gorman Street, after which it becomes a two-lane road at its intersection with Lake Wheeler Road.
East of Lake Wheeler, Tryon continues its southeasterly trip through Raleigh's southern suburbs as it passes through the Raleigh Golf Association golf course and crosses a CSX rail line, returning to four lanes. Tryon then travels through the Rennaissance Park subdivision before returning to retail-heavy development at an intersection with US 70/401/NC 50 (South Wilmington Street). Transitioning to a five-lane parkway, Tryon travels past several state-owned facilities, then crosses a Norfolk Southern rail line. After an intersection with Garner Road, Tryon travels through more residential land as it nears its current eastern terminus at Cyrus Street.
The City of Raleigh currently has two projects planned for Tryon Road. The first widens Tryon to four lanes from Lake Wheeler Road to the Rennaissance Park subdivision. Planned for completion in Fall 2021, the $12 million project proposes to eliminate the last two-lane segment of Tryon Road in the city. The other project will extend Tryon Road to Rock Quarry Road, which will include a new bridge crossing I-40.