Nearby Towns & Counties

Discover the small towns, big cities and back roads in and around Owsley County, Kentucky.

Booneville, KY

Make your way to the junction of Kentucky Route’s 11 and 30 and you’ll find Booneville nestled on the South Fork of the Kentucky River. Named after American frontiersman, Daniel Boone, the town escaped destruction during the Civil War and was a crossroads for 
both Union and Confederate regiments. Boonville is a small town featuring shopping, dining and services. Shop at the Appalachian art galleries, explore the area's history with interpretive signs and historic markers, view the scenic Kentucky River, visit the Owsley County Veteran's Memorial, dine at one of the family owned restaurants, and learn something new at the Clay County Public Library. Stay a night, maybe two, at the charming bed & breakfast. Discover small town Appalachia in historic Downtown Booneville.

Historic Hamlets of Owsely County

A hamlet, or unincorporated community, is a small settlement in a rural area. These historic gems are home to early structures, unbridled natural beauty, wildlife, family businesses and farms, and the people who have preserved the customs of their ancestors. Natural wonders and fascinating, warm, friendly people await you. Owsley County historic hamlets include: Arnett, Big Spring Neighborhood, Blake, Brewer Neighborhood, Chestnut Gap, Conkling, Couch Fork Neighborhood, Couch Town Neighborhood, Cow Creek, Elk Lick Neighborhood, Endee Eversole, Fish Creek Neighborhood, Hall Neighborhood, Hogg Neighborhood, Indian Creek Neighborhood, Island City, Lerose, Levi, Lucky Fork, Major, Mistletoe, Moors, Needmore Neighborhood, Pebworth, Pleasant Neighborhood, Ricetown, Rock Spring Neighborhood, Rockhouse Neighborhood, Scoville, Sebastian, Shephard Neighborhood, Southfork, Stacey Neighborhood, Stay, Sturgeon, Sugar Camp Neighborhood, Taft, Travellers Rest, Vincent and Whoopflarea.

Scenic Surrounding Counties

Owsley County is surrounded by the beautiful back- county counties of Clay, Jackson, Lee, Breathitt, Perry and Knott. Discover the scenic and adventurous Appalachian communities surrounding Owsley County. Whether you're seeking quiet relaxation, or wild outdoor activities, Clay, Jackson, Lee, Breathitt, Perry and Knott Counties offer an off the beaten Appalachian experiece to cherish for a lifetime.

Oneida, KY

Slow down or you might just miss it...this tiny village is home to a grocery store, a few shops, a post office, park, car wash, a boat ramp and a museum. Additional shops, florists, family farms and roadside stands dot the countryside throughout the Oneida area. Experience small town friendliness at family owned Oneida businesses. Oneida is also home to the world renowned Oneida Baptist Institute, Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary & Cabins and many historical sites.

Beattyville, KY

Nestled in a valley where the North Fork and South Fork rivers come together to create the head waters of the Kentucky river rests a true mountain community, Beattyville. With a population of 1,178, it is the centerpiece of a mountainous, timber covered county with dramatic cliffs, abundant wildlife and miles of country roads and waterways. Beattyville features shopping, dining, services and parks.

Manchester, KY

Located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Manchester 
features historic pioneer trails you can trace by auto, wilderness trails you can experience on horseback or ATV, a beautiful recreation and RV park hidden away in a 
gorgeous mountain valley, walking trails along historic Goose Creek, a public golf course, several public parks and many shops, services and restaurants.

Hazard, KY

Hazard is located in the heart of the Appalachian Coalfields in Eastern Ky. It is found at the crossroads of Highways 15 and 80 and the Hal Rogers Parkway. All trails in Hazard and Perry County lead to adventure and excitement. Whether you're looking for a ground pounding four wheeling adventure or a gentle hike along a scenic stream, Hazard and Perry County is your destination. Trails for your personal adventure include walking, hiking, biking, horse-back riding, ATV/dirt bikes, quilt-block tours and specialty shopping. This region also offers rugged, natural beauty, wildlife viewing, rivers, lakes and streams, historical attractions, original arts and crafts and festivals.

London, KY

London's location and relatively low cost of living have helped make it a "Vacation 
Crossroads" and a center for business, shopping, entertainment, education, health-care and retail. A moderate climate and proximity to huge forests, beautiful lakes, tourist attractions and the metropolitan areas of Lexington and Knoxville combine to make London a very special place for visitors.

               Corbin, KY

Corbin is a city progressive in spirit, yet traditional at heart! Part of Daniel Boone National Forest, Corbin, Kentucky is the home of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The mist of the falls creates the only Moonbow in the Western Hemisphere and can be seen at certain times each month during clear weather. Called the "Niagara of the South", this 125-foot curtain of water drops 60 feet, causing a mist on the boulders in the gorge below.

Jackson, KY

Named after Andrew Jackson and positioned on the banks of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, Jackson is a town of beauty, charm, and history. Jackson is located in the central hills of eastern Kentucky and operates as the county seat and the heart of Breathitt County’s economic community. Jackson is a place where people know one another by name, and friendliness is a way of life. Take the time to stop in Jackson to visit the War Memorial, the Breathitt County Museum, the renovated Hotel Jefferson, and other historical sites.

Lexington, KY

Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World", Lexington is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. Listed in National Geographic Traveler's "50 Best Places of a Lifetime", Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region is not to be missed. Lexington is at the heart of this region of rare beauty, but the region is also dotted with charming small towns to explore. Whether your interests are Civil War sites, historic homes, Bourbon distilleries, folk arts and crafts, hiking, bird watching, antiques, horse farms, museums, art galleries or memorable dining, the Bluegrass has a wealth of attractions to discover.

Knoxville, TN

Good times and good friends await you in Knoxville, Tennessee - a modern Appalachian city with great dining, nightlife, museums, shopping, family fun and championship sports. Whatever you seek, you'll find it here. Knoxville is home to museums, historic homes, college and professional sports, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, plus great golfing, boating, and an ever-changing world of musical events, festivals and celebrations.