Discover Oneida Kentucky

Wonderfully Wild, Breathtakingly Beautiful

Discover Appalachia off the beaten trail in wonderfully wild, breathtakingly beautiful Oneida, Ky in Clay County.

Located along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky, Oneida is nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Elk Country Corridor featuring sloping hills, ridge top flats, narrow valleys, hardwood forests and bottom wildlands. The steep hills have served to insulate and isolate, creating a special landscape of majestic forests, scenic waterways, rugged canyons, towering sandstone cliffs and breathtaking mountain vistas. Goose Creek and the Red Bird River confluence in the tiny town of Oneida, Ky to form the South Fork of the Kentucky River.

Winding mountain roads feature family farms, roadside stands, small country stores, hilltop cemeteries, historic weathered barns and swinging bridges. Oneida, Ky is a natural, backcountry paradise for those who want to experience the peace and adventures of raw, untamed nature. You won't find chain stores, shopping malls and fast food restaurants here (though they're a short drive away when you need them.) Instead, natural wonders and fascinating, warm, friendly people await you in wonderfully wild, breathtakingly beautiful Oneida, Ky. Changing seasons offer an ever evolving vista of unsurpassed natural beauty. Mild winters, a very low cost of living and unspoiled nature makes Oneida, Ky a perfect location for a home, vacation property or retirement property.

Oneida, Ky is famous for its fascinating, wild history of Appalachian clan feuds...including the Baker-Howard feud, the largest and longest of all feuds...and the rich history of the founding of Oneida Baptist Institute to stop the feuding through education.

World Animal Foundation

Oneida, Kentucky is home to the headquarters of the World Animal Foundation. WAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the planet and the animals that inhabit it. WAF works with other not-for-profit organizations dedicated to planet preservation and animal issues. WAF works through public education, research, investigations, animal rescue, legislation, special events, and direct action.

WAF is an all volunteer organization with members throughout the world and on every continent. Through its volunteer network, the World Animal Foundation attempts to make the world a more compassionate place for all animals - wild animals, companion animals, aquatic animals and farm animals.

PO Box 185, Oneida, KY 40972

WAF's Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary & Vacation Cabins

World Animal Foundation's Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary offers a unique vacation opportunity for nature, wildlife and companion animal lovers. Experience Wonderfully Wild, Breathtakingly Beautiful Oneida, Kentucky. Situated on 28 acres along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, the sanctuary is nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest and provides habitat for wildlife: large, small, endangered and common. It is also home to the World Animal Foundation Animal Retirement Center housing special needs dogs and cats.

During your stay at Monkey Hollow's Cabins, experience a diverse array of forest, aquatic, wetland, and upland habitats. Bring your camera: the sanctuary is a safe haven to many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife. Friendly dogs and cats are welcome. A dog park is available at the sanctuary. A limited number of primitive tent camping locations are also available on the property.

PO Box 185, Oneida, KY 40972

Daniel Boone National Forest

The Daniel Boone National Forest is located along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. The forest encompasses over 707,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain. The land is characterized by steep forested ridges dissected by narrow ravines and over 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs. Daniel Boone is comprised of four ranger districts: Cumberland, London, Stearns and Redbird. Oneida rests within the Redbird district featuring: Redbird Crest Trail of nearly 100 miles of recreation for off-highway vehicle use, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking; Big Double Creek Picnic Area and Cawood Recreation Area to picnic in the cool shade of creekside woodlands; and Redbird Wildlife Management Area.

Oneida Baptist Institute

OBI is a boarding and day school for students, Christian or non-Christian, in grades 6-12. OBI provides a structured living, learning and working environment in which each student is challenged to grow mentally, physically and socially. Students meet people from across the United States and around the world. They also experience daily chores and responsibilities, receive individual attention in class and have a chance to join sports or other curriculars.

11 Mulberry St, Oneida, KY 40972 - (606) 847-4111

OBI Swinging Bridge

This well maintained swinging bridge is located on the south side of the Oneida Baptist Institute campus in Oneida, KY. It connects the ball fields on the campus to OBI Farm Rd. Also on the campus is the James Anderson Burns' Museum & Gift Shop. The two room museum offers a glimpse into the rich and fascinating history of the area. The Oneida Baptist Institute was founded in 1899 by Professor James Anderson Burns as a way to help stop the feuding at the end of the 19th Century. It has grown into an outreach to young people from around the world. The large gift shop includes handmade items by volunteers. Nearby is the Oneida Park, the South Fork of the Kentucky River and numerous back-roads providing stunning scenery, an abundance of nature and wildlife, family farms, rivers and creeks, rolling mountains and historic weathered barns. From KY-11 near Downtown Oneida, go northeast on KY-66 South/Riner St to 2nd St. Turn right onto 2nd St. 2nd St becomes Oneida Bottom Rd. Go about .3 mile and turn right on OBI Farm Rd. Follow it around the farm to the swinging bridge.


James Anderson Burns' Museum & Gift Shop

James Anderson Burns' cabin houses the Oneida Baptist Institute Museum & Gift Shop in the little village of Oneida. The two room museum offers a glimpse into the rich and fascinating history of Oneida, Ky. A large gift shop includes handmade items by volunteers, Oneida clothing and souvenirs, books, decor, antiques and more. A thrift store is also located nearby with proceeds benefiting the school. The school sits on a knob overlooking the confluence of Goose Creek and the Red Bird River, which forms the South Fork of the Kentucky River. The Oneida Baptist Institute was founded in 1899 by Professor James Anderson Burns as a way to help stop the feuding at the end of the 19th Century. Burns hoped that by educating the children of the feuders they would find better uses for their time. In 1899, Burns, a former feuder himself, gathered some of the feuding residents of the area and convinced them to support a school. The little boarding school on the knoll overlooking its namesake town has played a large part in the history of Clay County and has attracted students from around the world.

Rooster Branch Swinging Bridge

This cherished relic of times gone, still in use, hangs above the Kentucky River in a breathtakingly beautiful location. A suspension bridge is an early type of bridge that is supported entirely from anchors at either end, suspended from two high locations over a river or canyon. This type of bridge is also known as a rope bridge due to its historical construction based on the ancient Inca rope bridge. Take HWY 11 north from Oneida 5 miles to Rocky Branch Rd. Turn right onto Rocky Branch Rd, go about 1.5 miles. The swinging bridge is at the intersection of Rocky Branch and Rooster Branch (dirt road).

Laurel Point Cemetery: Revolutionary War Veteran Adoniram Allen Grave Site

Captain Adoniram "Capt. Teges" Allen was one of the early Clay County settlers who arrived around 1806, most likely as a result of a land grant for his services in the Revolution. He distinguished himself in fighting at the famous Battle of Kings Mountain in North Carolina. Born in 1734, Allen was a contemporary of George Washington and is the oldest known settler to have lived in Clay County, older even than John Gilbert. Allen erected one of the first grist mills in the county on the South Fork near the "Narrows" that stood for many decades. He is the progenitor of Clay County's extended Allen family. The cemetery is reachable by car on a gravel road. To reach it, take HWY 11 north from Oneida 5 miles to Rocky Branch Rd. Turn right onto Rocky Branch Rd, go about 1.5 miles to just before the Old Swinging Bridge. Go right, then left, to cross the low water bridge. Follow the gravel road, New Found Rd, to Laurel Point Cemetery. The cemetery is on the right.

Cedar Valley School Ruins

The Cedar Valley School stands as an elegant ruin in a setting of unsurpassed beauty on the banks of the South Fork of the Kentucky River in northern Clay County. The school was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The workmanship is a thing to behold. The remote spot is reachable by car on a gravel road. Take HWY 11 north from Oneida 5 miles to Rocky Branch Rd. Turn right onto Rocky Branch Rd, go about 1.5 miles to just before the Old Swinging Bridge. Turn right, then left, to cross the low water bridge. Follow the gravel road, New Found Rd, to Laurel Point Cemetery. Beyond the cemetery, about a mile or so, turn left on Cedar Valley Road and follow it a short distance to the school. The school ruins will be on the left in a field.

HWY 11 Swinging Bridge & Sutton Branch Rd

This unique, all-metal swinging bridge, is located 1.4 miles south of Oneida, KY on the east side of HWY 11 across from the gas plant. There is also a low water driving bridge offering photo opportunities. Just a few minutes south of the swinging bridge, take an incredibly scenic drive on Sutton Branch Rd. Go south on KY-11 South for 4.2 miles. Turn left onto Beech Creek Rd, then left onto Chandler Br Rd, then right onto Sutton Branch Rd.

Frazier Rd Swinging Bridge

This work of art, hanging above the Goose Creek, was recently restored by local families to allow pedestrian access over the river during flooding. From Oneida, head south on KY-11 South for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Frazier Rd, go .4 mile (veer right at Goose Creek to stay on Frazier Rd.) For a scenic, country drive, continue on Frazier Rd which will come back out on KY-11 after 5.3 miles.

Oneida Park
Located in the tiny village of Oneida in northern Clay County on RT 66, this beautiful community park features a pavilion, large meadow area, walking and jogging path, playgrounds, and a basketball court. 
James Anderson Burns' Museum & Gift Shop, the Kentucky River and the Oneida Baptist Institute are close by. Explore the scenic back roads in the area featuring historic barns, untamed nature, old swinging bridges, mountains, hollows, streams and forests.

Red Bird Swinging Bridges & Red Bird

Numerous old, weathered bridges swing over the Red Bird River south of Oneida. From Oneida, take HWY 66 South for 4.6 miles to Martin Cemetery Rd. Turn right onto Martin Cemetery Rd. An old swinging bridge is on the left. Another .4 mile south on HWY 66 turn right onto Salmon Rd. Cross the river and veer left for .3 mile to the Swinging Bridge Farms bridge, still in use. An additional .8 mile south on HWY 66, turn right on Laurel Branch Rd and take Laurel Branch Rd about 1/4 mile. A bridge will be on the left. About 1 more mile south on HWY 66, turn right onto Bar Creek Rd to view another swinging bridge. Continuing south on HWY 66 for 24 miles takes visitors on an especially scenic drive to Red Bird Mission, home of the historic Dillon Asher Cabin and Red Bird Mission Crafts. Dillon Asher's cabin is one of the oldest structures in Clay County. Red Bird Mission Crafts offers Appalachian crafts including works by gifted artisans in wood carving, weaving, basket-making, toy making and corn shuck flower making...to name a few. Red Bird Mission has been marketing local crafts since the early 1960’s and continues to be a source of secondary income to mountain families today.

Sexton Creek Swinging Bridges & Bishop Bend

From Oneida, take HWY 11 N for about 9 miles. Turn left onto KY-577 W and drive about 3.5 miles. A swinging bridge will be on the left. Continue south for about 1 mile to another swinging bridge; restored with remnants remaining of the original structure. Also nearby is Bishop Bend. While not technically a park, Bishop Bend offers breathtaking views of the river, hiking and ATV opportunities, and scenic nature. Bishop Bend is an old road originally populated by the Bishop Clan that housed the Bishop Bend School. An old cemetery, Bishop Cemetery, is still located on Bishop Bend School Road. To reach Bishop Bend from the Sexton Creek swinging bridges, turn right on HWY 11 going south, heading back towards Oneida. Go about 1.9 miles. Bishop Bend will be on the left.

Old Joe Clark Home

From Oneida, take HWY 11 N for about 9 miles. Turn left onto KY-577 W and drive about 9 miles to the Old Joe Clark Home. The legends are many about Joe Clark, of Sexton Creek. The text on the Kentucky Historical Highway marker refers to just one. He was a soldier in Clay County's Colonel T. T. Garrard's Seventh Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War and fought in the Battle of Wildcat, the first battle of the war in Kentucky in the fall of 1861. A mountain ballad sung during World War I, and later wars by soldiers from eastern Kentucky, featured this shiftless and rough mountaineer. His enemies were legion; he was murdered in 1885. In the moonshining days of 1870s, he ran a government-supervised still.

Bullskin Creek Swinging Bridge & Leatherwood

From Oneida, head northwest on HWY 66. Continue onto HWY 1482. Go 7.7 miles to Martin Branch Rd. Turn right onto Martin Branch Rd. An old, weathered swinging bridge lies across scenic Bullskin Creek. Just minutes from the swinging bridge is one of the area's best kept secrets, Leatherwood Recreation Area. This beautiful picnic area and boating destination offers breathtaking views of the lake and mountains. Continue northeast on HWY 1482. Go 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 484. Go 5.7 miles. The road dead ends at the park.