Transportation & Accessibility

Ashe County’s location in the Mid-Atlantic and northwestern North Carolina make it strategically located to reach a number of major metropolitan business hubs and ports. Ashe has a number of two-lane roadways including State Highways 16, 88, and U.S. 221, which will be widened to a four-lane highway in the coming years. U.S. highway 421, a four-lane thoroughfare, is a 14 mile drive from Jefferson. The County is also close to four major interstates, including I-40, I-81, I-85, and I-77. The Ashe County Airport provides general aviation services within the county, with international service available within a two-hour drive via Charlotte Douglas International and Piedmont Triad International.


Distance and Driving Time to Selected Cities

City  Miles Driving time (Hrs: Mins)
Asheville, NC 111 2:23
Charlotte, NC 123 2:00
Raleigh, NC 199 3:09
Atlanta, GA 326 5:19
Wilmington, NC 329 4:56
Norfolk, VA 354 5:41
Columbus, OH 356 6:00
Nashville, TN 359 5:47
Washington, D.C. 371 5:49
Louisville, KY 372 6:39
Cleveland, OH 445 7:03
Indiannapolis, IN 506 8:12
Philadelphia, PA 511 8:00
Detroit, MI 557 9:07
New York, NY 591 9:11
Chicago, IL 686 10:56
Boston, MA 808 12:41