People here like the fact it’s so easy to “get away from it all” in the Lake Norman Region. But if getting to somewhere is important to your business, you won’t be disappointed. 57% of the U.S. population is within a 650-mile radius. With access to three Interstates (I-77, I-40 & I-85), cities like New York, Orlando and Chicago are easily reached in a day. The area is also served by an extensive rail system. And it’s no wonder more than 600 international companies operate in the metro region — Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a major hub for domestic and international flights, and several deep-water seaports are nearby.
Interstate 77 bisects Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson as it runs from Columbia, SC to Cleveland, Ohio. I-77 provides easy access to Uptown Charlotte and is the Lake Norman Region’s link to I-40, I-85 and I-485.
Interstate 85 runs just a few miles to the east of the Lake Norman region. The primary route between Charlotte and Atlanta, I-85 continues south to I-65 in Alabama. To the east, I-85 terminates in Virginia where it connects to I-95, the major north/south highway on the East Coast.
Interstate 40 is a major east/west route approximately 20-25 miles north of Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. I-40 stretches 2,554 miles from Wilmington, NC to Barstow, California, passing through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona along the way.
Interstate 485, now nearing completion, is an outer beltway around Charlotte that will connect Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson to other suburban communities, link I-77 and I-85, and provide additional access to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the UNC Charlotte campus.
Both I-85 and I-40 connect to the Piedmont Triad region where a new FedEx air cargo regional hub will soon be operational at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
The Lake Norman Region is served by Norfolk Southern Corporation and is part of the largest consolidated rail system in the U.S. The NorthCarolina Department of Transportation has its own Rail Division, which focuses on rail-related issues within the state. NCDOT recognizes the importance of rail to prospective industries as evidenced by their rail industrial access program, which awards state funds to construct orrefurbish tracks required by a new or expanded industry.
Charlotte and the Lake Norman Region are well served by passenger trains linking local travelers to 15 other North Carolina cities daily, as well as major markets in the New York – Miami corridor. Click here for more information about passenger rail service, including schedules and routes.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport serves the needs of commercial, cargo, corporate, private, military and trucking operations in the area, and is ranked among the nation's top airports for both passengers and cargo. Charlotte Douglas is a major U.S. hub and international gateway, with non-stop service to 123 cities including London, Frankfurt and Munich.
Other airports serving the Lake Norman Region include:
Major East coast ports are easily accessible from the Lake Norman Region. Shipments in and out of these ports are aided by the Charlotte Inland Terminal (CIT). There is also an inland terminal in Greensboro.
The Lake Norman Region offers utility services at rates that are competitive with any region of the country. Services are provided by: