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About Powell County

Powell County was formed in 1852. It is located in the Eastern Coal field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 580 to 1440 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 13,237 in a land area of 180.14 square miles, an average of 73.5 people per square mile. The county seat of Powell County is Stanton.​​

Powell County invites visitors to enjoy a true adventure. The County provides access to several hiking and biking trails. Stanton is near several arches and rock formations. Visitors can discover the natural wonders hidden inside the gorge such as over 100 stone arches and waterfalls as well as the historic Nada Tunnel. Seventy million years of wind and water have created one of the most unique areas in the eastern United States.​