Obion County boasts strong connections to Air, Road, Water, and Rail transport methods. Learn about the transport and logistics for Obion County Tennessee by selecting any of the topics below.

Highway Transport

Highway Transport State Highway 51 passes through the middle of Obion County which connects eastbound Interstate 55 heading to St Louis, Missouri , or northbound on Interstate 24 to Kentucky.

Most major U.S. markets located within a day’s drive


Future development

I 69Interstate 69, named one of the 'corridors of the future' will pass through Union City. I-69 will provide an important freight corridor needed to better link border ports of entry with seaports and inland commercial centers


Rail Transport

Canadian National Railway (Class I)

CN rail networks runs right through Obion County. It is a major asset to Obion County and only 2 hours away is the third largest rail center in the U.S. located in Memphis.

CN  rail network spans three coasts with over 21,000 miles of track. With access to over 75% of the North American population and markets worldwide.

Union City Terminal Railroad (Class III)

UCT is a short line railroad with an interchange to the CN Railway at Rives, TN. As is the case with most short line railroad companies, UCT provides first-mile/last-mile, customer-centric rail service.

UCT serves Union City and the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center. UCT has additional customer sites available along its right of way.

For more information please contact our VP Transportation for available sites and shipping opportunities:
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Feel confident to ship the heavy, the wide, the perishable and the dangerous...faster, further, cheaper and more of it!


Water Transport

River systems: Mississippi and Tennessee rivers

The Port of Cates Landing

The Port of Cates Landing, a twenty million dollar port project and designated Foreign Trade Zone (#283), was completed in the summer of 2013. Located 4 miles north of Tiptonville, Tennessee, the port is accessible to barge traffic of any size, year round, at any river stage with 9,000 linear feet of slack water access to the barge berthing area.

Engineered to accommodate a 14ft barge draft capability, barges will be able to load to maximum capacity. This is a public port, fully lighted, with industrial voltage supplied to the site with room to grow. Surrounding the port are 4,000 acres of developable area, with 345 acres adjacent to the port as "Select Tennessee" certified." The site also has a 37,500 square foot warehouse that is available for use.

Designated as an attainment area, there are no air pollution reporting or monitoring requirements. The Port of Cates Landing is a greenfield site, clean and ready to partner with the best suited terminal operators.

In the Spring of 2014, a “Super Two Lane” highway from Tiptonville will be completed and provide a modern, high-capacity roadway to the port. In addition to the soon to be completed highway a 5.5 mile rail spur is projected to be completed within 18 months. This will be yet be
another key selling point for future businesses, connecting the port with the TennKen rail line and the Class 1 CN rail network.

Want to read more about the Port of Cates Landing, see here.



Air Transport

Everett-Stewart Regional Airport is a professionally run, full-service FBO (fixed base operator) with competitive prices. The airport has a trained staff, provides, and avoids the hassle of larger airports. Our goal is to make each customer feel special.

Daily flights from Paducah,KY* to Chicago,IL

*Union city,TN to Paducah,KY is approx 66 miles or 1 hour 20 min drive.

Major air: Memphis International Airport, North America’s busiest and world’s second busiest cargo airport, is only 2 hours drive away.