Polk County has direct four-lane highway access to I-20 via U.S. Highway 27 and U.S. Highway 278, within a 30-minute drive. Direct access to I-75 is less than 20 miles to the east, primarily on U.S. Highway 113, a limited access four-lane corridor.
Rail and Ports
Polk County’s industrial parks in Cedartown and Rockmart have direct and convenient access to dual Class I rail lines, Norfolk Southern and CSX. Norfolk Southern’s Whitaker Intermodal Rail Terminal in Austell, Georgia, 28 miles from Polk County on Highway 278, is a federally designated General Purpose Foreign Trade Zone and provides easy and inexpensive access to U.S. Customs ports of entry in Savannah (300 miles), Brunswick (366 miles), Charleston (358 miles), and the Tennessee River Port at Guntersville, Alabama (84 miles).
The rail system also gives Polk County access to Georgia’s inland Appalachian Regional Port (75 miles) and the Inland Port in Cordele (201 miles), which can expedite the shipping process and resulting invoicing capabilities for manufacturers.
Global commerce and corporate travel is within one hour of Polk County, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which serves 150 U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. Corporate jets also take advantage of the convenience of the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, 10 miles from Rockmart, which has a 6,000-foot runway and a 23,000 square-foot terminal building. The Polk County Airport, which is five miles from Cedartown and Rockmart and one mile north of U.S. 278, has a 5,060-foot asphalt runway with general and jet fuel available. It can accommodate all general aviation piston aircraft and some general aviation turboprop aircraft.