The modern transportation systems of New River Valley region provide area businesses with effective transportation links to Mid-West and East Coast markets while providing easy access to a ever--growing number of tourists and travelers.


Commercial Airports

No commercial airports are located within the New River Valley region, however several are found in the adjoining regions.

Roanoke Regional Airport, in Roanoke, VA, provides connections with Atlantic Southeast Airlines Comair, Northwest Airlink, United Express and US Airway.

Mercer County Airport, in Bluefield, WV provides connections with Colgan Air (US Airways Express).

Greenbrier Valley Airport, in Lewisburg, WV, provides connections with Delta Air Lines US Airways.

Beckley Raleigh County Memorial Airport, in Beckley, WV, provides connections with US Airways.

Lynchburg Regional Airport, in Lynchburg, VA, provides connections with Delta Connection/ Atlantic Southeast Airlines US Airways Express.

General Aviation Service

New River Valley Airport -- With 6,201 ft. (1,890 m.) runway, located at Dublin, VA, in Pulaski County.

Virginia Tech Airport -- With 4,550 ft. (1,387 m.) runway, located in Blacksburg, VA, in Mountgomery County.

Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone

An international Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) were recently established in the New River Valley at the New River Valley Airport in Dublin, VA serving the area within a 90-mile radius of the airport.

Biking and Walking Routes

The Huckleberry Trail is a bike and pedestrian trail six miles in length extending from downtown Blacksburg to the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg. A map (PDF) of the trail and more information is available at the Montgomery County government website.

Radford is developing a series of biking/walking trails throughout the city and presently maintains 29,000 linear feet (5.5 mi) of biking, walking and hiking trails. The city has a map (PDF) of its bikeway/walkway trail system available online its website.

Bus Service

Blacksburg Transit provides local bus service in Blacksburg and some areas of Christiansburg.


Today, no navigable rivers are present in the region, however, during the late-1800s, at least one steam boat traveled the New River, transporting freight between Radford and Hinton, West Virginia, where connections were made with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O).

Roads and Highways

Located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the country, the New River Valley is easily accessed via Interstate 81 (I-81) which runs through the central part of region. Virginia's longest interstate, I-81 is a major thoroughfare for trucks carrying products from the Northeast to the Southeast and Southwest, and is one of the top eight truck routes in the U.S. Two additional interstate highways, Interstate 77 (I-77) and Interstate 64 (I-64), are located nearby, providing the region with additional highway access and many of the regions freeways are four-lane highways.

A map showing the roads of the National Highway System in Virginia (in PDF format) can be downloaded from the Federal Highways Administration. The Virginia Department of Transporation website provides additional information on I-81 and the Interstate Highways of Virginia, and features a online Transportation Information Map.


Norfork Southern Corp. provides freight service throughout various sections of the region. The Norfolk Southern's website features a section for new rail customers.