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Why Leslie County?

Welcome to Leslie County, Redbud Capital of the World! Nestled in the heart of the Appalachia Mountains, Leslie County is a land blessed by nature. In spring there is the striking beauty of red bud trees in full bloom, in autumn the wonderful colors of fall foliage, and year around breathtaking sunsets seen from ridge tops.

Formed in 1878 from parts of Clay, Harlan and Perry Counties, Leslie County was named for Preston H. Leslie, a former governor of the state of Kentucky. Located in the Eastern Coal Fields Region, the population of approximately 12,000 people is spread over the county’s 404 square miles.

If our renowned ATV trails are not just what you’re looking for, maybe you’ll enjoy the Trace Branch Recreational Area on Buckhorn Lake in Leslie County. Located 13 miles from Hyden, you will surely be impressed with all that Trace Branch has to offer. Hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and swimming are some of the activities you’ll enjoy.
The recreational area contains a picnic shelter with electric, water, boat ramp, boat dock and restrooms. You will also find 14 reservable camp sites with electric and water. Amenities include a shower house, playground, horse shoe pit and fishing area.

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 10,869  
Median Age 41.7  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 742 9.69%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 4,877 63.69%
Civilian Labor Force 3,124 35.70%
Median Household Income $25,282  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius Tri-Cities Rgnl Tn/Va
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius None
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Julian Carroll
Lee County
London-Corbin Arpt-Magee Field
Tucker-Guthrie Memorial
Wendell H Ford