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Appalachian Regional Port Map
Appalachian Regional Port
Appalachian Regional Port

(Opened August 22, 2018)

56 miles (1 hour) from Rome, Georgia! 

The Appalachian Regional Port is a joint effort of Governor Nathan Deal’s office and the State of Georgia, Murray County, CSX and the Georgia Ports Authority. This transportation asset will provide a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah, the second busiest port on the East Coast.

  • The Appalachian Regional Port, through CSX, will provide a direct, 388-mile rail route to the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal. It will create and expand international markets for regional businesses.
  • The inland port offers an efficient option to an all-truck dray to the deepwater Port of Savannah for target markets in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • The availability of import, export and domestic transit will benefit shippers and Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO) throughout the region.
  • Located in an industrial belt — including the production and export of carpet and flooring, automobiles and tires — the Appalachian Regional Port will make those commodities more competitive in the global market, while reducing carbon emissions.
  • The inland port sits on 42 acres in Northwest Georgia’s Murray County. The site features easy access to Interstate 75 and U.S. 411, as well as direct rail service to Savannah.
  • The State of Georgia, GPA, Murray County and CSX Transportation recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement, creating a partnership which will provide cost savings, traffic mitigation, and additional operational services benefiting shippers, truckers and steamship lines.
  • The facility opened in 2018 with a capacity of 50,000 containers per year. A 10-year development plan will then double that capacity.
  • Each container moved by rail to the Appalachian Regional Port will offset 355 truck miles on Georgia highways.

Air Transportation

Blue Angels

Richard B. Russell Regional Airport is located off U.S. 27 north of Rome, GA.  The 6,000 foot bituminous runway is in the process of being expanded to more than 7,000 feet. New terminal with pilot's lounge and conference space.  Services and navigational aids: aircraft tiedown, airframe and power plant repair, hangar, lighted runway, VOR/DME, NDB.  32 T-hangars.  PAPI on runway 36.  PLASA on runway 18.  ILS (Instrument Landing System) – a state-of-the-art system and very unique for a small to mid-sized community.

304 Russell Field Road NE
Rome, GA 30165
(706) 295-7835

 Regional Airport 

Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is a short commute from Greater Rome.  It is located 65 miles south of Rome via I-75 and/or I-285.  By car, drive time is about one hour and twenty minutes.  Shuttle service to and from Hartsfield is available through ShuttleTran Airport Transportation Services, Inc.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Aiport is a public airport located just around an hour away from Rome, Georgia. The airport is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is a Class C airport.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Aiport is a public airport located just over two hours away from Rome, Georgia. The airport is located in Birmingham, Alabama. 


Norfolk Southern rail service at Rome; two switching crews with six-day-a-week service.  Norfolk Southern piggyback service at Dalton (41 miles). CSX piggyback service at Atlanta.

railroad tracks

Norfolk Southern Forrestville Yard


Nearest navigable river:
Tennessee (9 foot channel depth) with a public barge deck at Chattanooga.

Nearest seaport:
Savannah (333 miles) with a maintained channel depth of 42 feet