Relax, Unwind and Feel at Home in Union County.
It is a county of people strong and resilient from life's challenges, yet so friendly. Among our many attractions is the 5400+ acre Higginson & Henry Wildlife Management Area which includes an 11-mile horseback riding trail with access to hiking trails, along with an 82- acre lake. This area also includes the Lee K. Nelson Viewing Area which offers plants, mammals and birds, native grasses and shallow water impoundments. The county is also home to the new Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest, which encompasses nearly 2,500 acres of land bounded by the Ohio River, Tradewater River and KY 1508 near Sturgis. Many feel it is one of the best deer and turkey hunting areas in the state. There is also the county owned Moffit Lake which offers lodging, hiking, fishing and picnic areas. And the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area is located in Union and adjoining Henderson County. These 10,000 acres, in several tracks, provide outdoor recreational opportunities for various species of game. The county has several boat ramps and one floating dock.
Lodging is available in two hotels and several restaurants cover the county ranging from those with familiar fast food menus to fine dining establishments. Union County can also boast of thee old-style church picnics where Mutton is King — St. Ann in Morganfield first Saturday in June; and St. Peter's in Waverly, last Saturday in June and St. Agnes, Uniontown, Saturday after Labor Day.
There are several unique shopping opportunities in our county including two antique malls, a country store, gift shops and more. There are festivals and events throughout the year. Union County boasts the giant John A. Arnold Arena & Convention Center at Sturgis that can host most any event and is home to the Union County Fair.
Our economy is anchored by coal mining, farming and light industry.Union County is traditionally the top corn producing county in the state and near the top in soybean production. In 2011 Union County farmers produced nearly 12.2 million bushels of corn from 75,000 acres with an average yield of 162.5 bushels per acre. We have a large food processing plant; a new winery and a top of the line horse breeding facility.Our county is also home to one of the largest, if not largest, underground coal mine, River View coal, operated by Alliance Resources with a production of 7.6 million tons in 2011. It has 670 full time and part time employees.
And we are also home to the second largest Job Corps Center in the country—the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy, on land that once was the site of the Army's Camp Breckinridge. The Center is named after our former our former Governorand U.S. Senator Earle Clements, a Union County native. And we are most proud of our James D. Veatch Camp Breckinridge Museum & Arts Center which features a giant mural painted by German POW Daniel Mayer. This mural has gained international attention. There are several smaller murals and also a military museum.
Union County also has two golf courses, municipal parks and a municipal swimming pool. Civic and fraternal groups include Kiwanis, Lions, Eagles, Rotary, Knights of Columbus, Odd fellows and Masons. There are two chambers of commerce, downtown organizations and our economic development foundation—Union County First. And three top-notch banking institutions. Our health care system is anchored by Methodist Hospital-Union County; nursing and rest homes; and three doctor offices. Incorporated cities include Morganfield, Sturgis, Uniontown and Waverly. Union County government offices are housed in the historic Union County Courthouse in Morganfield. Union County can boast of a strong public school system, as well as a parochial elementary. Annual activities include a quilt show in March; a triathlon in June; county fair in June; motorcycle rally in July; country music festival in September; Corn Festival in September; the Highway 60 Yard Sale in October; and the county has its own Quilt Trial with nearly 100 quilts to view on a driving tour. We invite you to visit our county—to hunt; hike; horseback ride; shop for antiques; visit our museum; take part in one of our annual events; or to just relax for a day or two and enjoy fine dining from our varied restaurants. We'll make you feel at home!
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