Wolfe County was formed in 1860, the 110th Kentucky county to be created and is home of Campton which was actually first settled in 1810. Campton is believed to be the location of a campsite used by John Swift and his party of silver prospectors 100 years prior. John Swift’s journals report silver operations in Eastern Kentucky. There are references to ships on the Spanish seas and coinage of silver in the Campton area. There were reports of six trips from the Atlantic Coast to the Campton area from 1761-1769, which is still an unsolved mystery though researchers have found no trace of cache or mine.
One Swift camp reputed to have been on the site where the Wolfe County Court House now sits. The courthouse, a traditional colonial building, features a wolf on the gable above the front columns.
Campton also boasts of the beautiful Torrent Falls—the first Via Ferrata climbing adventure in the United States!
Common to the neighboring county Powell, Wolfe County and the Campton area also boasts many beautiful arches and trails along the Red River Gorge.