Mount Rogers Regional Partnership’s strategic east coast location along Interstate-81 and Interstate-77 borders North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, providing market and distribution advantages to companies with business plans that include real-time production and just-in-time deliveries. MRRP is less than a day’s drive from Virginia’s ports and major cities such as Washington, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and New York.

Interstate 81, rated one of the top eight truck routes in the U.S.

The longest interstate in Virginia with 90 interchanges, I-81 begins in Dandridge, Tennessee at the intersection of I-40 and extends through New York to the U.S.-Canada border. Interstate Guide

I-26, just across the North Carolina-Tennessee border, connects this major highway system with I-81, further expanding interstate access to the Southeast.

Interstate 77

Connects the eastern Great Lakes region with Appalachia and the Southeast. Cities it serves are Columbia, Charlotte, Charleston, Akron, and Cleveland. Largely following the original route of U.S. 21, Interstate 77 replaced the U.S. 21 through West Virginia and Ohio, and it closely parallels or overlaps U.S. 21 in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Interstate Guide

MRRP also provides access to I-64, I-75 and I-40, as well as four-lane highway systems including U.S 460, U.S. 58 and U.S. 23, stretching from Virginia to Detroit.

MRRP provides access to two Foreign Trade Zones, a major airport, and several general aviation airports.

General Aviation

Mountain Empire Airport (Marion) – 5,252 ft (1,601 m) runway
Twin County Airport (Galax) – 4,204 ft (1,281 m) runway
Virginia Highlands Airport (Abingdon) – 4,471 ft (1,363 m) runway

Freight Rail

Norfolk Southern Railway Company


Port of Virginia 326 miles (524 km)

Port of Charleston, SC 345 miles (555 km)

Port of Savannah, GA 388 miles (624 km)

Other Ports of Entry

Tri Cities 21.4 miles (34.4 km)
New River Valley Airport (Virginia Trade Port) 32.7 miles (52.6 km)
Winston Salem 82.4 miles (132.6 km)
Port of Washington – Dulles 292.3 miles (470.4 km)

MRRP Regional Transportation Network