• Powell County (population 12,269) is home to two incorporated cities:  “Stanton & Clay City”.  Small town charm abounds in these two areas, while rural life throughout the remainder of the county offers gently rolling hills in a picturesque landscape that creates unparalleled living opportunities. 


  • Stanton(population 2,600) and Clay City (population 1,098) offer updated city parks, quaint shopping opportunities and affordable housing that larger cities can’t compete with. 


  • An excellent school system, Powell County offers an elementary school in Stanton, Clay City and Bowen (a rural village), as well as a middle school and high school.  Children in Powell County are fortunate to have access to quality educational opportunities in a small town setting.


  • The Red River Historical Museum located in Clay City offers both visitors and residents alike a resource to look back at the rich history Powell County has had since its inception.


  • Located only 40 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky, Powell County offers the best of two worlds:  small town charm, and quick access to one of Kentucky’s largest cities. 

  • With the four-lane Mountain Parkway traversing the county, excellent access is one of Powell County’s strengths compared to counties further east. 

  • In addition to the Mountain Parkway, Interstate 64 is also accessed 16 miles east of Powell County. 

  • Powell County offers a local airport with a 3,000 ft. runway.  Plans are also in place to expand the airport.

  • A local UPS Hub in Stanton enables companies to have a portal to the world at their back door.  Shipping is therefore made easy with UPS being located in the county.

  • Powell County is considered one of Kentucky’s “ENHANCED” counties. Companies choosing to locate here are therefore offered the best financial incentives the State of Kentucky has for business development.  

  • The Powell County Industrial Authority has (2) Industrial Parks in Stanton, Kentucky (the county seat) and (1) in Clay City, Kentucky.  The Powell County Industrial Authority is committed to working to better job opportunities within the county. 

  • Locating in a smaller community equates to quick access from local officials and the industrial board when needs arise within your company where you may need outside assistance.

  • Rural communities are known for a strong work ethic.  Many residents of Powell County commute outside the area to work.   Commuting requires dedication and commitment.  Companies choosing to locate in Powell County therefore have the opportunity to tap into a workforce that is currently commuting, when the ideal situation is working closer to home.


In the Heart of Red River Gorge & Natural Bridge

  • Powell County is home to the Red River Gorge.  The Gorge is a 29,000 acre outdoor wonderland featuring more than 100 nature stone arches.  Largely located inside the Daniel Boone National Forest, it also boasts the designation as one of the country’s few “National Natural Landmarks”, “National Archaeological District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Known as a rock climber’s paradise with miles and miles of sandstone cliff lines, rock shelters, waterfalls, visitors from around the world flock to the Gorge year round for its world-renowned climbing and hiking opportunities. 

  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park, a 2,370 acre Kentucky State Park, is also located in Powell County.  The park is abundant with Native American relics, shelters, and burial grounds.  The main attraction is the bridge itself, a natural arch with more than 15 million pounds of rock in suspension.  It is 30 feet wide at the top and 85 feet at the base; one of the more than 70 natural arches located in the area.  Natural Bridge State Park also features more than 85 miles of amazing hiking trails that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy year round.

  • The Red River: A 20 mile portion designated a “Wild and Scenic River” in 1993, the Red River meanders through Powell County creating outdoor adventure opportunities throughout the area. 

  • Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve:  Located near Clay City, the Nature Preserve is a 730 foot outcrop that is believed to be the place where Daniel Boone and his companion John Finley first looked out over the area in 1769.