McCreary County is located in southeastern Kentucky at the south end of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the north end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. We also share Cumberland Falls with neighboring Whitley County and have a northeast access to Lake Cumberland.

McCreary County was the 120th, and the last, county in Kentucky to be formed in March 1912 and named for then Governor James B McCreary. In our 100 year history, McCreary County has been influenced greatly by the timber and coal industries, which shape our history, heritage and culture. McCreary County is also largely undeveloped with the US Forest Service and Park Service owning much of our lands. This allows locals and visitors to experience nature in a unique way. Our cost of living and our taxes are relatively low, our people are welcoming and our landscape is scenic and rustic.

A Message from Judge Executive Doug Stephens...

Welcome to Scenic McCreary County, Kentucky!

I invite you to explore our website for information about our beautiful county and its hospitable people. Plan your visit, research our community, find out why you should locate your business here, and be sure to contact us with questions. Experience, explore & enjoy Scenic McCreary County...It's Our Nature!



Spring 2014 Tourism Update (mp3/audio)
McCreary County Tourism Director Tara Chaney provides her regular update on activity from her office. Click the link above to listen to the update and contact Tara by calling (606)376-3008 or e-mail


McCreary County 109 Solid Waste Board Meeting
Tuesday April 29, 2014 6:00pm
Senior Citizens/Community Center, McCreary County Park

McCreary County Fiscal Court Regular Meeting
Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm
Upstairs McCreary County Courthouse, Whitley City, KY

McCreary County Park Board Regular Meeting
Tuesday May 6, 2014 5:00pm
Senior Citizens/Community Center, McCreary County Park

McCreary County Government & Community News

McCreary County Clean Sweep Plans Announced
"Movie in the Park" included in weekend activities

Please join other local residents and volunteer groups throughout the community for the 2014 McCreary County Clean Sweep. Residents can sign up as volunteers between April 14 - April 25 at the County Judge-Executive's Office. Once signed up, you will be provided with information and free garbage bags in order to clean your yard, roadway, or entire neighborhood. County litter crews will be through your community on April 28 and remove the garbage for free (Waste must be limited to what can be placed inside garbage bag. Call for information regarding waste tire disposal or bulk item disposal). You can also join your neighbors at 8 p.m. on April 26 at the County Park for free popcorn and a movie shown outdoors on the big screen as our way of saying thank you for joining in the 2014 McCreary County Clean Sweep. For information on the clean sweep weekend, call the McCreary County Judge Executive's Office at (606)376-2413.

Occupational Tax Summary for March 2014

The McCreary County Occupational Tax Administrator's Office has released the tax summary for March 2014. For the tax summary listing revenue collected by month or other information on the tax, visit the McCreary County Occupational Tax Page.

Fiscal Court Supports Heritage Foundation Grant

During their regular meeting on Friday April 4, 2014, the McCreary County Fiscal Court voted to issue a resolution in support of a grant application by the McCreary County Heritage Foundation. The grant, if awarded, will be used by the Foundation to improve the operations of the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, operated by the organization, in Historic downtown Stearns, Kentucky. Click here to download the resolution (pdf).

McCreary Tourism: Geocaching Opportunities

The McCreary County Tourist Commission would like to announce an additional outdoor recreation activity in Scenic McCreary County. Visitors and locals alike can participate in the high tech treasure hunting game called GEOCACHING (Geo is pronounced as in Geography, and caching pronounced as in cashing.) Geocaching has been around for a while but the popularity of the game is ever growing.  “Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you. There are 2,325,971 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.” – 

Geocachers use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. McCreary Tourism Director Tara Chaney has added several “caches” and compiled many of the already existing “caches” and created the It’s Our Nature – Geocaching Tour. For more information and to join in the fun, visit our website

* Geocaching is currently not permitted in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area or the Daniel Boone National Forest. However, an EarthCaching tour utilizing photography will soon be released by McCreary Tourism.


Easter Event Planned at McCreary County Park

Click here to download a flyer for Easter in the Park

The McCreary County Park, on Highway 27 north Whitley City, will host an "Easter in the Park" event on Saturday April 19, 2014. Running from 12:00-3:00pm, the event will be held on the ballfields and at the concession stand at the park and will include a community Easter egg hunt and cookout. Donations for the free community event are welcome. For information call Melissa Vanover, McCreary County Park Manager, at 606-376-7275 (376-PARK) or e-mail

Thanks to those who have so far donated/contributed to make this event possible include Forcht Bank, Bank of McCreary County, Outdoor Venture Corporation (OVC), Milton's Burger Hut, First Financial Credit, McDonald's, Cash Express, Arby's, KFC/Long Johns, IGA, Eric Haynes (County Clerk), Kroger, Perkin's Meat Processing, Larry's Mini Mart, Save-A-Lot, Austin Price (County Attorney), Inspire Me...Yoga by Kristee, Mickey's Flower Shop, McCreary County Senior Citizens Center, Anita Redden, Floral Creations by Sharon, Lumber King, Walker's Chapel Church, Bevo Greene, Stearns First Baptist Church, David Bridgeman (Asst. County Attorney), and Melissa Vanover ( Park Manager).    

Kentucky County Profiles Report Released

The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) today released the Kentucky County Profiles 2014-15. The report is a comprehensive collection of the most current economic, social, education and employment data available about each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, as well as breakouts of each of the state’s Area Development Districts, Workforce Investment Areas, Appalachian and Non-Appalachian regions.

Click here to download McCreary County's Profile Report

PVA Introduces New Property Database Website

McCreary County PVA Bruce Lominac has announced that a new statewide property database website has been launched. It allows interested parties to search property records, maps, aerial photos and provides links to other local and state websites. Information is also available on appeals, as well as forms and an overall view of what the PVA does. To visit the new website click the link ( or for information call the McCreary County PVA's office at (606)376-2514.

McCreary Co. Resident Volunteer of the Month

Derek Jones (left) accepts the award from PRIDE's Mark Davis

Derek Jones of Whitley City has been named southern and eastern Kentucky's PRIDE Volunteer of the Month. Jones, who is a driver for Crete Carrier Corporation, earned the volunteerism award for regularly picking up litter along Hwy. 1651 in Whitley City. He and his mother, Barbara, adopted the stretch of highway in memory of his grandmother, Thelma. He also volunteers each year for the local PRIDE Spring Cleanup.

McCreary County Deputy Judge Executive Andrew Powell nominated Jones for the award and said he serves his community in many ways. He has helped with beautification events and Christmas decorating events and programs. He has volunteered with local emergency services and law enforcement agencies.

"In addition to his civic duty to his county, Derek has served his country in the U.S. Army, as a Gulf War Veteran and serves his fellow veterans as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5127," Powell added.

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts in a 42-county region. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month. The PRIDE web site is

Tire Recycling Program Offered to Residents

If you have old, unwanted tires cluttering up your property, now is the time to think about disposing of them properly through the McCreary County Tire Recycling Program. It is FREE for county residents to dispose of tires. Just call the McCreary County Judge Executive's Office at (606)376-2413, e-mail or click here to learn more!

McCreary County's New Animal Transport Box

Using its share of $225,000 divided amongst Kentucky's 120 counties from the estate of the late Bland Hardison of Muhlenberg County, McCreary County recently purchased a new animal transport box to be used by Animal Control Officer Milford Creekmore II. Shown below, the box will allow Creekmore to better serve the community on his limited annual budget.

(Photo courtesy Janie Slaven/The McCreary County Record)

McCreary County Courthouse located on Main Street in downtown Whitley City. Home to district and circuit court, as well as county and state offices.

McCreary County Contact Information
McCreary County Fiscal Court
PO Box 579 Whitley City, KY 42653
Phone: 606-376-2413/Fax: 606-376-9499
Judge Executive: Douglas E "Doug" Stephens

Deputy Judge Executive: Andrew "Andy" Powell


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