Washington County

Situated less than 25 miles from the Kentucky-Indiana border along the Ohio River, Washington County offers a unique topography with sloping, “knobby” ridges for hiking and taking in the scenic views, and placid lakes where anglers can hook bluegill and largemouth bass. The northern portion of Washington County is known for its rural character with flat agricultural land and sprawling grain farms, while the city of Salem and the south offer ample employment opportunities in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors, and serve as a residential suburbs for commuters to nearby Louisville who choose small-town living.

Our Story

With 510 square miles, Washington County's history is rooted in agriculture and grist mills. Today, it's growing agri-tourism industry offers family fun with mainstays like Cornucopia Farms and opportunities to learn about 21st-century farming technologies like aquaponics. For the more adventurous, the Salem Speedway attracts visitors and motorsport enthusiasts to one of the most storied racetracks in America with a tradition in open wheel and stock car competition. Racing legends like Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and many others have driven the track’s imposing 33-degree banks.

Photo courtesy of Salem Speedway.

Key Stats

Population: 28,102

Cities & Towns: Campellsburg, Hardinsburg, Little York, Livonia, New Pekin, Salem, & Saltillo

Key Industries: Manufacturing, education, and healthcare services

Notable Facts: Washington County contains Indiana’s longest hiking trail, the 58-mile Knobstone Trail, which many use to prepare for hiking the Appalachian Trail because of its steep climbs and descents.