Regional Data

Infrastructure

Interstates
Name Distance
I-581 4.9 miles (8.0 km.)
I-81 8.1 miles (13.0 km.)
I-77 29.7 miles (47.7 km.)
I-64 38.1 miles (61.3 km.)
I-40 47.3 miles (76.1 km.)

Note: Measured from border of locality/region.

 

Highways
Highway 116 Highway 122 Highway 220 Highway 40 Highway 28

 

Commercial Air Service
Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, Roanoke — 30.3 miles (48.8 km.)
American Airlines
US Airways
Delta Air Lines
Allegiant Air
United Airlines
Lynchburg Regional Airport, Lynchburg — 55.7 miles (89.7 km.)
US Airways Express
Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, NC — 75.2 miles (121.0 km.)
American Airlines
United Airlines
American Eagle
US Airways
Delta Air Lines
Allegiant Air

Note: Within a 75-mile drive of the center of the locality.

 

General Aviation Service
Name Runway Length
Blue Ridge Airport, Martinsville 5,002 ft (1,525 m)

 

Freight Rail Service
Norfolk Southern Railway Company

 

Seaports
Name Distance
Port of Virginia 288.0 miles (463.5 km)

Note: Driving distance from the center of the locality to Port of Virginia and any other seaports within 100 miles.

 

Other Ports of Entry
Name Distance
Winston-Salem 75.2 miles (121.0 km)
New River Valley Airport (Virginia TradePort) 75.6 miles (121.6 km)
Port of Washington – Dulles 253.0 miles (407.0 km)

Note: Driving distance from the center of the locality to Port of Washington-Dulles and any other port of entry within 100 miles.

Utilities

Utility Providers in Franklin County
Electric American Electric Power
Natural Gas Not Available
Telecommunications CenturyLink
Telecommunications Shentel
Water Ferrum Water & Sewer Authority
Water Town of Rocky Mount
Water Town of Boones Mill
Waste Water Treatment Ferrum Water & Sewer Authority
Waste Water Treatment Town of Rocky Mount
Waste Water Treatment Town of Boones Mill
Solid Waste Disposal Franklin County Landfill

 

Topography & Climate

Franklin County is a place of diverse topography and temperate climate. The area encompasses beautiful sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains and both Philpott and Smith Mountain Lakes. Between the iconic natural features, there lies a generally sloping terrain of fruitful farmland, growing forests, and pure, clear rivers. A place of four temperate seasons, the community’s climate allows all of the advantages of those seasons without any of the excessive extremes.

Franklin County is the seventh largest county in Virginia by area, consisting of 692.1 square miles of land and 9.5 square miles of water. Altitude in the county varies from 900 feet above sea level to more than 3,200 feet. The highest point is Cahas Knob, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Altitude in the Town of Rocky Mount ranges from 1,200 to 1,420 feet.

The County is bounded on the north by the County of Roanoke and Bedford County, on the south by Philpott Lake and Henry and Partrick Counties, on the east by Floyd County and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and on the west by Smith Mountain Lake and Pittsylvania County.

Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Average January HIGH 47.9
Average January LOW 25.9
Average July HIGH 86.6
Average July LOW 62.8
Mean Annual Temperature 56

 

Climate
Average Annual Rainfall 44″
Average Annual Snowfall 14″
Average Growing Season 180 days
Average Relative Humidity 66%
Frost-Free Nights Average April 20 – October 16
Prevailing Winds Westerly
Slope 3/4 of the county is level to rolling
Air Quality Our county is classified as an attainment area for all pollutants by both state and federal agencies.