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Dry Ridge

Dry Ridge, KY

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Dry Ridge was home to legendary Grand Ole Opry star Skeeter Davis. Skeeter, born Mary Francis Penick, was the first female country artist to have a number one crossover hit on the pop charts; the End of the World remains popular today.


Dry Ridge is centrally located in Grant County, 32 miles south of Greater Cincinnati and 43 miles north of Lexington along I75. Home to 2100 residents, it was named for the ridge dividing the Kentucky and Licking River watersheds. Dry Ridge is the quintessential image of small town America offering residents the fabric of small-town life. Its location provides easy access to all the attractions of Central Kentucky as well as those of Northern Kentucky and Southwestern Ohio. Dry Ridge, primarily a farming economy, offers a comfortable community atmosphere, where people are friendly.


I75 is the major artery through Grant County. The Skeeter Davis Highway honors hometown legend Skeeter Davis. St. Rt. 22 bisects the village. The Greater Cincinnati International Airport, providing air transport to Grant County residents, is 25 miles north of Dry Ridge.


St. Elizabeth Grant County- in nearby Williamstown- offers medical care for the region, along with 24-hour medical transport from the area. The Dry Ridge Fire Department provides EMS service to the village residents.


The Dry Ridge Outlet Center is a popular shopping destination for much of Grant County with plenty of other options to meet everyday shopping needs.


Centrally located in Grant County, residents have easy access to Kentucky’s abundant outdoor recreation, including nearby 142-acre Bullock Pen Lake and Williamstown Lake. Piddle Park Skate Park draws the city’s skateboarders, and duffers of all ages try their hand at Eagle Creek County Club. A unique business, the House of Reptiles, travels to schools, scouts, festivals, fairs, libraries teaching about reptiles with over 80 animals on display every day for viewing. Under development the Buckeye Station Train Museum is an animal rescue and free train museum featuring HO Scale trains.