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This Haunting Road Trip Through Kentucky Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget

Our state is known for Mother Nature more so than abandoned places, but quite a few of them exist. Some of beneath the bottom of a lake, others have degraded to where only a building, or perhaps a cemetery still stand. We covered some of these lifeless communities last year, but now we’ve created a ghost town road trip in Kentucky, just for fun. We even included a map that you can tweak to benefit your own location.

Here are 10 places to go on a ghost town road trip in Kentucky:

10. Paradise

The beautiful community of Paradise, along the banks of the Green River, has been immortalized in song. The town was renowned for its beauty, until the coal plant came to town. Not long after the factory was built, residents found they were having rains of ash and other pollution issues. The town is all but gone now, but the area is still beautiful. Sadly, what primarily remains is the coal factory.

9. Gunpowder Creek (AKA, Sugartit)

This community in Boone County once stood between Florence and Union along KY Route 42. It was located near the creek, which is where it got one of its names. The other, Sugartit, was given by the wives of the men who once spent their days at the local general store. The spouses deemed the storefront gossip site as the place their husbands went for their daily sugartit.

8. Boonesboro


Back in 1775, Boonesboro was the brainchild of Daniel Boone himself. The Natives decided the new neighbors weren’t welcome and ran them off in 1778. It took a while, but the community slowly became a small farming town again till around 1877, at which point it disappeared. The replica of the fort and buildings is well maintained so visitors can actually see this real ghost town.

7. Lawton Mushroom Mine


This abandoned limestone mine town in Carter County was once home to an old brick yard and mushroom mine. A few families still live scattered in the area, but the town itself is pretty much gone. The old mines still stand, along with the general store and some old tracks. What remains can be found is located past the DeHarts Bible and Tire Store on #174.

This ghost town road trip in Kentucky can be a lot of fun if you like history. Each one of the communities thrived before they faded away. Many of these only have a few foundations or cemeteries left, but the areas still hold an allure. For more abandoned places in Kentucky, you can check out last year’s ghost town article.

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.