Business travel and freight shipments and deliveries are convenient to and from Polk County with our strategic location within 18 miles of access to Interstate 75 and within 50 miles to the east/west connectors of Interstate 40 and Interstate 24 within 30 miles.
In addition to our proximity to top rated interstate systems, U.S. Highway 64 and U.S. Highway 411 travel through Polk County providing secondary transportation routes. State Highways 30, 314 and 68 are also located in the county serving as connectors to the interstate and federal highway systems.
Martin Campbell Field – Polk County’s own general aviation airport. Martin Campbell Field, located at 971 Airport Road in Copperhill, TN, serves as a gateway into Polk County for personal, recreational and business use. Runway length: 3,500.
Chattanooga Lovell Field (CHA) – Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Lovell Field is located within 35 miles of Polk County and offers non-stop service to 8 locations throughout the U.S. Air cargo is available. Airlines serving Chattanooga Lovell Field Airport include: Allegiant, American Eagle, Delta, and US Airways.
Cleveland Regional Jetport – Located at 251 Dry Valley Road NE, in neighboring Bradley County, the Cleveland Regional Jetport is poised to serve the needs of general and business aviation users. Runway length: 5,500.
Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) McGhee Tyson Airport is located within 70 miles of Polk County and offers non-stop service to 19 locations throughout the U.S. Air cargo is available. Airlines serving McGhee Tyson Airport include: Allegiant, American Airlines/American Eagle, Delta, Frontier,United, and US Airways.
Polk County has rail service provided by CSX Transportation. CSX is one of the nation’s leading transportation suppliers and serves properties in and around Polk County. CSX serves major markets in the eastern United States and has access to over 70 ocean, river and lake port terminals along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) – The Appalachian Regional Port is a joint effort of the state of Georgia, Murray County, the Georgia Ports Authority and CSX Transportation. The new inland rail terminal, which opened in August 2018, provides a powerful new gateway to global markets.
The Port of Savannah, the largest single container terminal in North America, is the closest seaport to Polk County. It is located within 385 miles of Polk County. The Port of Savannah offers two rail roads,Norfolk Southern and CSX, on terminal; Over 3 million square feet of warehouse space, immediate access to two major interstates; 9,700 feet of contiguous berth space, and has the largest concentration of import distribution centers on the East Coast.
The closest river ports for cargo shipment to Polk County are in Chattanooga, TN. The ports have mooring cells and a railroad spur for offloading.
With ports in nearby Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia, intermodal transport is a viable option for business in the Ocoee Region. As part of the nation’s Inland Waterway System, the Tennessee River is one of the largest tributaries of the Ohio River. The Appalachian Regional Port is just 15 miles from the HWY 64/HWY 411 interchange. The facility has a capacity of 50,000 containers per year, with a 10-year development plan to double that capacity.
Foreign Trade Zone
Foreign Trade Zone #134
Grantee: Chattanooga Chamber Foundation
811 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402-2626
Steven Hiatt: 423.763.4333
Polk County is included in Foreign Trade Zone #134. Companies located in Polk County are offered a cost-benefit-analysis to analyze whether the Foreign Trade Zone will be beneficial for them.