Blairsville, the county seat of Union County, is located in the Nottely River valley in the North Georgia
mountains just east of where Georgia meets North Carolina and Tennessee. Blairsville and Union County are
strategically located within two hour’s drive of Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga, TN, and Greenville, SC. Our central
location gives us excellent access to Southeastern U.S. markets, international airports and deep water ports.
Blairsville is served by the "Appalachian Developmental Highway Corridor A (GA 515)", a 4-lane divided highway built to near-interstate highway specs. This highway serves as a high-speed freeway to Atlanta, 114 miles south-southwest. GA 515 connects to I-575 and into I-75.
Highways serving Union County include: US 19, 76, and 129, GA 2, 11, 60, 180, 325, 348, and 515. Total road mileage in Union County in 2018 was 651.
|Atlanta||114 miles||south-southwest||via GA 515/I-575|
|Atlanta||96 miles||south-southwest||via US 19/GA 400|
|Chattanooga, TN||100 miles||west||via US 64|
|Asheville, NC||100 miles||northwest||via US 23|
|Greenville, SC||100 miles||east||via US 76|
|Athens, GA||95 miles||southeast||via US 129|
|Gainesville, GA||53 miles||south-southeast||via US 129|
|Dalton, GA||76 miles||west-southwest||via US 76|
Specializing in the handling of container, reefer, breakbulk and RoRo cargoes, the Port of Savannah is home to the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in North America, comprised of two modern, deepwater terminals and moving millions of tons of containerized cargo annually. The Port is 365 miles from Union County and easily accessible by rail or motor transport, especially with the recent opening of the Appalachian Regional Port, only 72 miles west of Blairsville.
The Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) gives Union County businesses a powerful gateway to global markets from North Georgia. This inland port, which opened in 2018, provides direct, 388-mile rail service via CSX to the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal at Savannah. The ARP offers import and export intermodal service and has a capacity of 50,000 containers per year with plans to double that capacity in 10 years.Northeast Georgia Inland Port
Union County will be within about a one-hour drive from the Northeast Georgia Inland Port near Gainesville. This port will have the capacity to handle up to 150,000 containers per year when it is completed in 2021. This port will connect to Savannah’s Garden City Terminal via a Norfolk-Southern rail line
The Port of Charleston, 330 miles from Union County, is the eighth largest U.S. container port by cargo value – nearly $70 billion in goods move through the port annually. It, too, is easily accessible by rail or motor transport from Union County.