Why do businesses choose to call Wilkes County home? It offers the best in business environment, skilled workforce, transportation amenities and resources for citizens to enjoy a healthy, entertaining small-town lifestyle with easy access to nearby cities, beaches and mountain resorts. Wilkes County, known for its pioneering spirit since its establishment in 1777, offers a welcoming community that is rich with opportunity, innovation and economic vitality for businesses of all sizes.
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.
Wilkes County 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.
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.