From Our Backyard to the World

Smack dab in the middle of Charlotte, Asheville and four major interstate highways, Cleveland County offers many of the benefits of these world-class metropolitan areas without the high cost or the stress of living in a major metropolitan area. In just over an hour by car from Shelby, North Carolina you’ll find two world-class airports, with daily non-stop flights to more than 200 destinations around the globe, plus beaches, mountains, hiking trails, craft breweries, live music and so much more right at your fingertips. Whether you’re winding along peaceful country roads on the way home from work or hopping on a non-stop flight to New York, Paris or Mexico City, you’ll find the best of both worlds here in Charlotte’s Backyard.

North Carolina’s #1 City Next Door

Located just 35 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Cleveland County provides many of the perks of North Carolina’s largest city, without the high cost or the stress of city living. In just a short drive from your home in Cleveland County, you’ll find everything from professional sports teams – like the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets – to family-friendly attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Carowinds Amusement Park and the U.S. National Whitewater Rafting Center. All that, plus Charlotte’s burgeoning culinary scene, exciting nightlife, shopping opportunities and assortment of museums and entertainment options means you’ll find something for everyone. That’s not to mention the fact that Asheville’s vibrant arts and craft beer scene and Greenville’s collection of boutiques and restaurants are just over an hour away by car.

For even more trip ideas, visit our Daycation page.

Skip the Commute

Suffering through a commute in heavy traffic every day? Give yourself the gift of sanity and work and live in Cleveland County.

Our residents enjoy a manageable commute with limited traffic. In fact, more than 30% of Cleveland County residents can be at work less than 15 minutes after stepping out their front door. So, take the highway, or the scenic route – either way, you’ll be home in no time.


Conveniently located near four interstates – I-77, I-85, I-40 and I-26 – Cleveland County provides direct access to all points north, south, east and west. The Highway 74 Bypass, currently under construction between Mooresboro, North Carolina and Kings Mountain, North Carolina, is slated to greatly increase connectivity and reduce traffic congestion between I-85 and I-26, making it even easier to get you to work, to the airport, or to your favorite museum in Uptown Charlotte.

Global Access Made Easy

Ranked the sixth busiest airport in the U.S. by passenger traffic, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is just 35 minutes by car from Shelby, North Carolina and offers more than 160 daily non-stop flights to international hotspots, including Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, Toronto, Mexico City and Barcelona. The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), just over an hour away by car, offers another 49 daily non-stop flights to 14 major cities, including Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C., and 18 airports across the US, so you’ll have plenty of options to reach your final destination—whether it’s for business or pleasure.

All Aboard

No matter how you like to travel, you’ll find convenient options in Cleveland County and its surrounding regions. If you prefer to take the train, you’ll find Amtrak stations close by in Gastonia and Charlotte, with connections down to New Orleans and up to New York City.

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