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, placid lakes where anglers can hook bluegill and largemouth bass, and historical sites that preserve the county’s manufacturing tradition. The northern portion of Washington County is known for its rural character with flat agricultural land and sprawling grain farms, while the south offers ample employment opportunities in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors, and serves as a residential suburb for commuters to nearby Louisville who choose small-town living.

Our Story

Washington County’s growing agri-tourism industry, which offers farming education at mainstays like Cornucopia Farms, as well as widely-known Salem Speedway attract visitors from across the region. Motorsport enthusiasts recognize the Salem Speedway as one of the most unique and storied racetracks in America, which has been a staple of the county’s strong racing tradition in open wheel and stock car competition since 1947. Racing legends like Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and many others have treaded the track’s imposing 33-degree banks.

Key Stats

Population: 28,000

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.