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.



Grow McCreary Meeting ("Preparing Your Garden")
Thursday March 26, 2015 6:30PM
McCreary Center (Somerset Community College)

McCreary County Fiscal Court Regular Session
Thursday April 9, 2015 7:00PM
Upstairs McCreary County Courthouse

McCreary County 109 Solid Waste Board
Tuesday April 21, 2015 6:00PM
McCreary County Senior Citizens Center/County Park

McCreary County Government & Community News


Cumberland Falls PRIDE Clean Up Scheduled

The annual PRIDE Spring Clean Up at and around Cumberland Falls State Resort Park has been scheduled for Saturday March 28, 2015. Registration begins at 9:00am at the gift shop with trash pickup continuing around the park and along KY Highway 90 in McCreary and Whitley Counties. Lunch will be served free for all volunteers at 12:00pm. Note that any group taking part in McCreary County's Litter Abatement program in 2015 must volunteer for the March 28th cleanup to be eligible. For information call the McCreary County Judge Executive's Office at 606-376-2413 or call 606-310-9580. You can also visit the Eastern Kentucky PRIDE website at

McCreary County's PRIDE Clean Sweep effort is set for Saturday April 25, 2015 with additional details to be announced soon.

Click a link below to download forms for the upcoming PRIDE Cleanups:
PRIDE Cleanup Safety Guidelines (pdf)
PRIDE Cleanup Volunteer Time Sheets (pdf)
PRIDE Cleanup Adult Release Form/Waiver (pdf)
PRIDE Cleanup Child Release Form/Waiver (pdf)


Grow Appalachia (McCreary) Schedule for 2015

The 2015 schedule for the Grow Appalachia (McCreary) program has been released.
For updates, check back here or visit or
click here to download the 2015 schedule.


METT USA LLC Facility Selects McCreary County 

METT USA LLC, a subsidiary of METT Group International, is in the final planning phase of locating the first US Materials Recovery and Energy Plant (MREP) in McCreary County.  Mark Gay, CEO of METT USA states “We have selected McCreary County among our initial U.S. MREP locations because of the County’s unique opportunity to support METT’s objectives of business viability, environmental protection, and local economic development.  Our belief is that, at full operational capacity, MREP will provide a next-generation capability for responsible  waste-management and clean-energy production.” The facility will be constructed in three phases over three years, and at full capacity will employ 600 to 900 employees.

Susan Stephens, Economic Development Director states, “We are so pleased that the METT Group is planning to begin their US expansions in McCreary County. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community and the surrounding region. Doug and I look forward to continuing our relationship with METT and working with them diligently to finalize the project.” Doug Stephens, Judge Executive stated “This facility is a state of the art operation and will benefit McCreary County in many more ways than just good jobs. I look forward to a promising future working with the METT Group.”


Stearns Trail Town 5K Wins PRIDE Award

PHOTO: The McCreary County Tourist Commission won the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for its Stearns Trail Town Trailhead 5K. Judge-Executive Douglas Stephens, Tourist Commission Executive Director Tara Chaney, and Deputy Judge-Executive and PRIDE Coordinator Andrew Powell accepted the award from PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson.

Click to download the full press release from PRIDE (pdf)


Tire Recycling Continues for McCreary Residents

The McCreary County Judge’s Office was awarded $4,000 this week to continue the tire recycling program. This is the fourth consecutive year, grant funds have been allocated for the program. The funding is utilized only for allowing local residents to dispose of unwanted vehicle tires. The program is completely grant funded and free for all McCreary County residents.

“This is a great program aimed at helping our citizens and we are pleased to offer this recycling opportunity again this year,” said Doug Stephens, McCreary County Judge-Executive.

Utilizing the program is very easy and free for all local residents. If an individual has less than ten tires they need to recycle, they can take them to the transfer station/recycling center in Stearns. A convenient trailer is placed out front of the recycling center as a repository for the waste tires.

If an individual has more than ten tires, they can come to the Judge Executive’s Office and request a voucher. The tires and voucher can then be taken to Leslie’s Tires in Stearns, the county’s certified recycling partner in this program.

Both methods of disposal of completely free, funded by the grant, and will be available until all funds are exhausted or the grant deadline of June 30 arrives. Citizens are highly encouraged to participate in the program as any funds not spent locally in the program must be returned to the Commonwealth.

Last year 1,441 tires were recycled through the program. A total of 3,521 tires have been recycled through the program since being made available to the county in 2011.

The program is funded through the Kentucky PRIDE program and administered by the Division of Waste Management. To learn more about recycling in McCreary County please visit You can also contact the Judge Executive’s Office at 376-2413 for more information.


 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  


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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