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​Welcome to Bracken County!

History - Hospitality - Heritage

Bracken County is located in northern Kentucky, along the Ohio River. It is bordered by Mason, Pendleton, Robertson and Harrison counties, and occupies 206 sq. miles in area. The population in the year 2000 was 8,279.

Historically, Bracken County’s economy was mostly agricultural with tobacco and corn the most prolific crops. The county is best known as the birthplace of the White Burley strain of tobacco, and is still known today as the center of the “burley belt.” In the 1870s, the county achieved great notoriety as one of the nation’s leaders in wine production, making over 30,000 gallons of wine annually from locally grown grapes. Agriculture continues to be a driving source for the county’s economy with cattle, feed corn, tobacco and hay being the principle farming products.

Announcements & Notices

Public Hearing Notice for Proposed Subdivision Regulations

Notice is hereby given that the Bracken County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the second floor courtroom in the old Bracken County Courthouse, 116 West Main Street, Brooksville, Kentucky, 41004, relating to the adoption of proposed subdivision regulations in Bracken County, Kentucky. A draft of the proposed subdivision regulations may be obtained from the office of the Judge Executive on the first floor of the Courthouse, or on line at Click on Records in the top navigation bar, then Planning Commission. For questions, call (606) 735-2300.

Community Notification Enrollment

Anyone with questions regarding the Emergency Management Association should call Neider Reynolds, Director of Bracken Co Emergency Management at (606) 735-2570 or Bracken County Judge Executive, Earl Bush at (606) 735-2300.

Buffalo Trace Health & Wellness Survey

We want your opinion! Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey below and give your opinion about the health and well-being of your county. Your answers are strictly confidential and cannot be traced. You can take the survey here.

This survey is being conducted as part of a Community Health Assessment throughout the Buffalo Trace counties of Kentucky.


For the past three years, Mrs. Donna Rath, Administrative Secretary for the Bracken County Soil Conservation District has written and obtained a $7500 Grant to be used for cleanup in the county. Donna enlisted the help of Solid Waste Coordinator team of Tommy and Caroline Jefferson to devise a plan that would benefit the most citizens while at the same time, stretching the grant dollars. The solution was to locate roll-off dumpsters throughout Bracken County to afford more citizens access to dumpster use. Citizens can use these dumpsters free of charge, but there are rules that need to be observed.

Mason County Landfill provides the dumpsters and therefore, set the regulations and as customers we, Bracken County, agree to the following: NO trash above sides of containers or additional charges will apply, NO liquids, NO hazardous waste, NO closed drums, NO appliances, NO Asbestos without prior approval and NO TIRES! Dumpsters will remain at their location until full. They will be emptied and taken to the next location. Fall schedule will begin with dumpsters at Foster, Berlin and Western Hills School lot, then moved to Brooksville, Augusta, Germantown and Milford. Watch the Trash Talk article or call Office of Judge Executive Earl Bush at 735-2300 for location. Citizen responsibility and cooperation are necessary for this to be a successful program!