The Port of Guntersville is a bulk freight transfer terminal located approximately 35 miles/56 kilometers northwest of Gadsden via U.S. Highway 431, and is served from Gadsden by the Alabama & Tennessee River Railway. It is at river mile 358.8 on the Tennessee River, which connects to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and terminates at the Port of Mobile. Barge and tow companies are listed here.
The Port of Mobile is 315 miles/507 kilometers from Gadsden, via I-59/I-65. Rail service to Gadsden is by Norfolk Southern and by CSX/Alabama & Tennessee River Railway. The General Cargo/Intermodal Terminal has 35 berths, a rail ferry terminal, a 21-acre container yard, and 2.4 million square feet of warehousing. The port's main channel and turning basin serve post-Panamax ships carrying containers, steel and coal; the upper harbor channel serves Panamax ships carrying general cargo, breakbulk, roll-on/roll-off, heavy lift and oversized cargoes.
The Port of Savannah is 370 miles/595 kilometers from Gadsden, via U.S. 431/I-20/I-75/I-16. Rail service to Gadsden is by Norfolk Southern and by CSX/Alabama & Tennessee River Railway. The fourth-largest container port in the U.S., it is equipped with 4 super post-Panamax and 11 post-Panamax high-speed cranes.