Powell County, located in Eastern Kentucky, is the 101st county in order of formation and is home of Stanton, Kentucky. The topography of varies from rich, fertile bottomlands to steep mountainous terrain. There are a variety of natural sand stone arches; sandstone capped ridges, valley walls, and rocky pinnacles. The majority of Stantonís farms raise hay, corn, and tobacco, as well as hogs and cattle.
There are many attractions to visit in the Stanton area. It is the home of the beautiful scenery and rock formations of Natural Bridge State Park. With nine hiking trails, pedal boats, miniature golf, and a sky lift, Natural Bridge definitely brings recognition to this beautiful area of our state. Natural Bridge State Park has a 900 ton ancient sandstone arch suspended across a mountainside, 2,200 acres of mature forest, one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and guided hikes, fishing, boating and swimming. Other points of interest in the area are the Nada Tunnel, Mill Creek Lake, and numerous outdoor adventures for those who love nature.
Stanton also boasts of the Red River Gorge Geological Area. This is the result of 70 million years of water and wind sculpting. This area has the largest concentration of rock shelters east of the Colorado Rockies. There are over 700 miles of amazing cliff lines and over 90 miles of trails. This area is designated a "National Natural Landmark." Stanton, the county seat of Powell County, is proud to be a part of the Red River Gorge National Scenic Byway and was named one of the nationís 15 most scenic drives by Life Publications.
If the big screen is your scene, step back into time and watch a movie at the Mountain View Drive-In Theater. Love for shopping? There are several places to find treasures right in town!
Whether you enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the woods or getting caught up in the history of the area, youíll be kept busy with all that beautiful Stanton has to offer.