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.



McCreary County Tourist Commission
Monday September 23, 2014 5:00PM
Tourism Office, Whitley City, KY

McCreary County Fiscal Court Regular Session
Thursday October 9, 2014 7:00PM
Upstairs McCreary County Courthouse

McCreary County Government & Community News

McCreary County Tax Rates Set for 2014

The McCreary County Fiscal Court has accepted and set the 2014 tax rates, allowing for the printing and mailing of property tax bills in the coming weeks. Tax rates are set as follows: County (Real Property) 9.50, County (Motor & Watercraft) 20.40, Library (Real & Personal Property) 7.70, Health District 4.0, Soil & Water Conservation 1.70, Board of Education 39.70, Fire Districts 10.0 (Eagle/Sawyer, North McCreary, Central/Whitley City, South McCreary, West McCreary).

McCreary County Occupational Tax Numbers Released

McCreary County officials have released the August 2014 Occupational Tax numbers. For the complete summary, including expense totals, as well as other monthly summaries and tax information, visit the Tax Page.

9/11 Ceremony Planned in McCreary County

American Legion Post 115 and VFW Post 5127 will host a 9-11 ceremony at the McCreary County Courthouse Thursday September 11, 2014 at 10:00am. All veterans, first responders and the public are encouraged to attend.

McCreary Farmers' Market Going On The Road

The McCreary County Farmers' Market will be open Saturday September 13th starting at 9:00am at a special location. The market and its vendors will be setup for the "Kathy Brannon Memorial Craft Days" at the McCreary Center Campus in Whitley City. The market will then be back on Wilburn K Ross Highway in Stearns September 20th and 27th before setting up for McCrearyFest in downtown Whitley City Saturday October 4th. For information on being a vendor with the McCreary County Farmers Market, call Susan Stephens at 606-376-9711 or the Judge Executive's Office at 606-376-2413. You can also e-mail

McCreary Tourism Director Offers Update

McCreary County Tourism Director Tara Chaney has offered an update on the various activities of local tourism, including ongoing projects and upcoming events. Click here to listen to the August 2014 Tourism Update or contact Chaney at 606-376-3008 or

McCreary County Accepting "Speed Hump" Applications

If speeding is a problem through your residential area of McCreary County, you may be eligible to apply to have a "speed hump" installed on your road. Under Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS), the McCreary County Fiscal Court has adopted a specific set of guidelines governing where and when these "speed humps" can be installed. To learn more about the specifications and get the application, click here.

 McCreary Tourism Awarded Beautification Grant

McCreary County Tourism officials have announced that they have received a grant award in the amount of $24,945 for beautification efforts locally. The grant comes from TOUR SEKY, based in Somerset, Kentucky, and will help with items such as street light poles, pole banners, benches, and signage in Whitley City, Stearns and at the county entrances. The project is another step in the overall "Trail Town" project for McCreary County Tourism. For details contact Tara Chaney, McCreary County Tourism Director, at 606-376-3008 or e-mail  

McCreary County Awarded Recycling Grant

McCreary County officials were recently notified of the county's selection to receive a recycling grant for fiscal year 2014-2015. The grant, worth just over $13,000, comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund administered by the state's division of waste management. The money comes from a $1.75 per ton fee charge on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills and invested back into local communities.

2014-2015 Tourism Budget Approved

The McCreary County Fiscal Court accepted and approved the 2014-2015 budget for the McCreary County Tourist Commission on Friday May 2, 2014. Click here to download and view the budget.

Results from Community Clean Sweep Released

The McCreary County Judge Executive's Office, in conjunction with the 109 Solid Waste Board, has released the results of the recent community "clean sweep" cleanup weekend in the county. The numbers show that a total of 204 volunteers took part in the activity picking up 593 bags of trash from along county roads. A total of 43.6 road miles were cleaned during the weekend event.

For more information on cleanup efforts in McCreary County you can contact the Judge's Office at 606-376-2413 or e-mail

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 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)

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!

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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