US-421, a major four-lane freeway, laterally traverses Wilkes County, offering a short, 20-minute drive east to access U.S. I-77 and U.S. I-40 in under an hour. A pleasant 30-minute drive west on US-421 leads to Boone, N.C., and the state’s best ski slopes.
has one of the best small-town general aviation airports in North Carolina. Two international airports are conveniently located near Wilkes County – Charlotte Douglas (CLT
) is 88 miles to the south, and Piedmont Triad (PTI
) is 76 miles to the east.
Three major East Coast ports are within five hours of Wilkes County: Wilmington, N.C.
, Norfolk, Va.
, and Charleston, S.C.
The Yadkin Valley Railroad
offers Wilkes County businesses rail access to ship their products into the Ronda and Roaring River areas. The YVRR operates out of the Winston-Salem area and hauls 11,500 carloads per year with freight. G&O's short line railroads offer connections to CSX and Norfolk Southern, which allow businesses to ship or receive products by rail from almost anywhere in North America. Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility
offers logistical options.