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Waycross-Ware County, GA



Waycross, the economic hub of the Okefenokee Area, received its name from its strategic position—where "the ways cross”.

In colonial days, Waycross was the hub of stage coach roads and pioneer trails. Later, the old Plant System and the Brunswick and Western Railroad lines crossed here, giving birth to our modern rail and highway network. Waycross is strategically located for service to the southeastern United States. South Georgia Parkway (US 82), a four-lane highway, connects directly to two interstate highways: I-75 to the west and I-95 to the east, each approximately one hour away.

U.S. 1 provides a third four-lane interstate connection to I-10 and I-95 in Jacksonville.

As part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP), three additional four-lane highways leading out of Waycross are under development. One of these additional routes is State Route 38 (US 84), which runs a 258 mile stretch through the state of Georgia. With expected completion of US 84 four lane expanision being in 2018,  US 84 will provide yet an additional access point to our community. 

trucks on highway going in opposite directions

Railway System

CSX Transportation’s largest and most productive automated classification facility is located in Waycross, Georgia.

Waycross’s importance to the system traffic pattern and geographic location combine to establish it as an ideal facility site. Six separate CSX lines radiate from Waycross, resulting in direct access to all areas of the southeastern United States. Approximately 65 trains per day are handled in the Waycross facility. Direct daily trains connect Waycross to such major metropolitan areas as Atlanta,  Jacksonville, New Orleans, Chicago, Miami, Tampa, Nashville, Cincinnati, Richmond, Charleston, Louisville, and Birmingham. Communities south of Atlanta have a one- to two-day delay in shipments as compared to delivery to and from Waycross.  Direct rail line access is available from all of our industrial parks, which serves as a great transportation opportunity. CSX is one of the nation’s largest and oldest railroads, with links to 20 states and Canada. No other rail system in the South is better suited to meet all your transportation needs than CSX.


The Waycross-Ware County Airport is a public airport situated on 1,051 acres, has three runways, one of which is 6,000 feet in length and 100 feet wide. It is suitable to land the largest plane in production.

Our airport is located adjacent to our Industrial Park and only three miles northwest of the central business district of Waycross. Recent improvements have included an ILS (Instrument Landing System) installation, a total upgrade of approach lighting, and a beautiful airport terminal building. The Waycross-Ware County Airport ranks among the best in mid-size airports and is one of the best-equipped to accomodate most any corporate and transit traffic, incoming and outgoing. It operates under the call sign KAYS and is owned by the City of Waycross and Ware County. In a recent 12 month period, the airport had 18,000 aircraft operations, an average of 49 per day: 97% general aviation and 3% military. There are 49 aircraft based at the airport: 88% single-engine, 6% multi-engine, 4% ultralight, and 2% helicopter.

Jacksonville International Airport

Ware County is an approximated one hour drive from the Jacksonville International Airport, which has over 200 jet departures daily. In 2007, more than 6.3 million passengers used Jacksonville International Airport. It is served by more than a dozen major carriers and a network of regional carriers. It has a full-service terminal building and outstanding ground transportation. It is a medium HUB and encompasses 8,000 acres. The airport is close in proximity to I-95, I-295, and US1. 

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Deep Water Ports

Waycross is ideally located near four deep water ocean ports.

Georgia’s deep water ports in Savannah and Brunswick continue to grow in importance as major transportation hubs for the movement of international commerce. Location weighs heavily as a contributing factor of sustained growth in businesses that access Georgia’s ports. The Brunswick, Georgia port is less than one hour away and the Savannah, Georgia port is less than two hours away. The Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, Florida ports are just over an hour away.

Each of these ports are accessible by four-lane highways from all of our parks. The Okefenokee Area’s location makes shipping by water an easy and affordable alternative for any business.


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