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Kentucky has one hundred and twenty counties, third in the US behind Texas's (254) and Georgia's (159.) Washington County was the first county formed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky when it reached statehood, and the sixteenth county formed

Wolfe County, Kentucky

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Wolfe County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 7,355. The county was formed on March 5, 1860.  The county seat is Campton. Wolfe county is named for Nathaniel Wolfe.

Etymology - Origin of Wolfe County Name

Nathaniel Wolfe (1810-1865), representative of Jefferson County in the Kentucky legislature.


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Wolfe County History

Wolfe County was formed on March 5, 1860 from portions of Breathitt County, Morgan County, Owsley County and Powell County. This county is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state.  In 2000 the county population was 7,065 in a land area of 222.78 square miles, an average of 31.7 people per square mile. The county seat is Campton.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 223 square miles (580 km2), of which 222 square miles (570 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.3%) is water. The elevation in the county ranges from 650 to 1460 feet above sea level.

Wolfe county is located in east Kentucky. The Red River Gorge is a exclusively scenic area in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The area is known for its , natural stone arches, sandstone cliffs and uncommon rock formations. The Red River climbs in the mountainous region of the Cumberland Plateau. The Red River flows usually west, through Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Morgan County
  • East: Magoffin County
  • Southeast: Breathitt County
  • Southwest: Lee County
  • Northwest: Powell County; Menifee County


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