Welcome To Carlisle County, KY

Welcome To Carlisle County, KY

Welcome To Carlisle County, KY

Welcome To Carlisle County, KY

About Carlisle County

The unique combination of peace, serenity and opportunity thrive in this logistical haven. Located at the center of the Quad-State Region’s largest destinations, Carlisle County rests atop river bluffs which boast incredible water views of the Mississippi River and The Confluence. Take advantage of bold adventure as we are home to extreme ATV trails and camping, in addition to being a destination for hunting and fishing; making us every Outdoor Sportsman’s Dream. Carlisle County is an innovative and growth ready community which has long been home to strong morals, hard-workers and renowned visionaries. We are proud of our strategic agricultural strengths, and our communities’ family-friendly atmosphere.

About Carlisle County

The county’s western border with Missouri is formed by the Mississippi River. The County seat is Bardwell, KY which is located northwest of the center of Carlisle County

About Carlisle County

Discover over 12 miles of trails stretched across a 252-acre farm. Ride your ATV, your horse, or go for a hike along the mighty Mississippi River. The trails range in skill level from beginners to extreme riders. There is so much to explore throughout our hills and valleys!




So far in 2022, your conservation district has been busy! We have secured a grant that allows us to work with the fiscal court to provide 2 different recycling opportunities. The first is our ongoing white goods grant program, which is for any appliance large or small. These can be dropped off at the County Road Garage at 93 West Court Street Bardwell.

The second is a new program for Carlisle County. This is an electronic recycling program which is any TV, cell phones, tablets or other devices, computers, monitors, and charging cords. There is a dumpster at the County Road Garage just for electronics. The purpose of our recycling program is to keep debris out of our creeks and waterways.

In April, the district sponsored the Kentucky Mobile Agricultural Science Center at the Elementary School for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. This is the first time the mobile ag science center has been to Carlisle County in at least a decade. The kids enjoyed learning about seeds and germination along with biodegradable corn products. In this hands-on activity center, they were able to make a living seed necklace and a bouncy ball made from corn products only. It was such a success that the district has already reserved it to return in spring of 2023. 

In upcoming events, the annual Rinse and Return program will be held on Wednesday July 27th. All chemical jugs should be rinsed 3 times, labels removed and taken to the state collector that will be set up at the County Road Dept. Lunch will be provided in the Community Room at the Extension Office. 

The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program were created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky and to implement their agriculture water quality plans. The program helps landowners address existing soil erosion, water quality and other environmental problems associated with their farming or woodland operation. Applications are being accepted until November 1, 2022. Approval of applications are based on a statewide ranking criteria. Cost share rates are maximum of 75% of the actual cost not the exceed $20,000.00. 

Conservation Board meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at the Extension office. Meetings are always open to the public. 

If you have questions about these or any of our programs, please contact our office.



We are excited to announce the re-launch and re-branding of the Kentucky Great River Region Organization with a new logo and a new website at www.KYGRRO.com

One of the new features on the site allows local businesses to add their own information, picture, and a small description along with your contact information, website link and links to your social media accounts.

Another feature allows for individuals, businesses and other organizations to post upcoming community events to the site.

Please utilize these two features. It is COMPLETELY FREE for you to use and benefits you as well. Once either are submitted, we will double check the information and approve it to be posted.

We are asking local businesses to PLEASE upload their information on the new site as soon as possible.  Go to www.KYGRRO.com and click “Add Your Business”.

A few requirements for adding your business…

  • Business must be located in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton or Hickman counties.
  • Business must fall under one of the following categories: Attractions, Dining, Lodging or Shopping.
  • Businesses must upload a logo or photo to be displayed.

Want To See More Of Carlisle County?

Check out the videos below.

Carlisle County Community Profile

Industrial Development


 Agriculture Advancement

Frequently Asked Questions

Carlisle County is a great place to live, work and play?  Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from visitors to our community.

How do residents describe Carlisle County, KY?

Whether you are looking for a great place to visit or a place to raise a family, Carlisle County KY is a great place.  When surveyed, some of the most common words used to describe our county include: friendly, quaint, rural, and quiet. We encourage you to come visit us and see why we love our community.

What can we do when we visit Carlisle County, KY?

Take advantage of bold adventure as we are home to extreme ATV trails and camping, in addition to being a destination for hunting and fishing, making us every Outdoor Sportsman’s Dream.

Why should we locate our business in Carlisle County, KY?
  1. From strategic location with access to major interstates, rail service, and rivers to a Kentucky Work Ready Community with a readily available workforce to the low cost of living, our county is the right choice for your business.

Upcoming Community Events

Carlisle County was founded in 1886 and named after John Griffin Carlisle, a Speaker of The United States House of Representatives from Kentucky. The communities within Carlisle County possess distinct characteristics which define the County as a whole. The county’s western border with Missouri is formed by the Mississippi River. The County seat is Bardwell, KY which is located northwest of the center of Carlisle County and has been known throughout history as a premier railroad station. Bardwell is now home to an extensive trail system, camping, and outdoor recreation. Bardwell is capitalizing on the strategic advantages of river and rail matched with adventure and quality of life. Arlington, Kentucky is located in southern Carlisle County and is known as a rich agricultural community in-between Bardwell and Clinton, KY. Milburn and Cunningham are non-incorporated cities within the county, but Cunningham is a census designated place boasting the County’s largest employer and shortest drive-time to the neighboring Metro of Paducah.  

Carlisle County a great place to live, play, work, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  Come and experience our hospitality!

The Carlisle County Industrial Development Board working together with the Carlisle County Judge Executive’s Office are working to grow and expand the economy for our residents and businesses alike.  Carlisle County is actively recruiting new and expanding businesses to make use of the skilled labor force, the strong transportation networks (roads, river, rail, and air), industrial sites, and attractive financial incentives that are available in Carlisle County.  We invite you to take the time to explore Carlisle County, Kentucky.  Please let us know how we can be of service to you.

Carlisle County, Kentucky is located in the far western corner of Kentucky on the Mississippi River.   Our county offers small town charm of a rural community.

The low cost of living and high quality of life afforded in this centrally-located region of the United States is second to none. Western Kentucky is rich in heritage, creativity and diversity. Carlisle County, Kentucky  offers something for everyone. Make Carlisle County, Kentucky your new home or come visit our community.