kids encyclopedia robot

Big Clifty, Kentucky facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Big Clifty, Kentucky
Big Clifty, Kentucky is located in Kentucky
Big Clifty, Kentucky
Big Clifty, Kentucky
Location in Kentucky
Big Clifty, Kentucky is located in the United States
Big Clifty, Kentucky
Big Clifty, Kentucky
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Grayson
 • Total 1.44 sq mi (3.74 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
397 ft (121 m)
 • Total 367
 • Density 254.86/sq mi (98.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CST)
ZIP codes
FIPS code 21-06508
GNIS feature ID 487153

Big Clifty is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Grayson County, Kentucky, United States.


Clifty Creek crosses U.S. Highway 62 and the P & L railroad several miles to the southwest of Big Clifty. It is said that travelers named the town due to the limestone cliffs that arose on the sides of Clifty Creek. Accounts of residents from the past report that Big Clifty was a "boom town" that at one time had a post office, bank, feed mill, several dry goods stores and restaurants. The Ben Goodman school was the local "country school" and the town had numerous churches. In yesteryear nearby Clarkson was a tourist destination due to the numerous hotels near Grayson Springs, which were visited by guests who wished to experience the sulphur water's curative properties. Big Clifty benefited from the traffic going to Clarkson. Spurrier Mill was a grist mill on the Nolin River, several miles from Big Clifty which was a benefit to the economy. Like many rural Kentucky communities, as passenger rail-use decreased and transportation and commercial shipping routes changed, Big Clifty's boom town status disappeared.

Big Clifty is also home to television and film actor Tim Skees.

The Skees family owned many of the towns businesses in the early 1900s, including the funeral home, railway shipping station and several mercantile stores.


Big Clifty is located in northeastern Grayson County along U.S. Route 62. It is 10 miles (16 km) north of Leitchfield, the county seat, and 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Elizabethtown. The Western Kentucky Parkway passes just southeast of Big Clifty, but the closest access points are at Clarkson, 5 miles (8 km) to the southwest, and near White Mills, 7 miles (11 km) to the northeast.

The town is on flat land. The surrounding terrain is flat to rolling with 20-to-40-foot (6.1 to 12.2 m) cliffs surrounding Petty Branch of Meeting Creek and Meeting Creek in the northeast. Clifty Creek runs to the west of Big Clifty with high ridges and cliffs surrounding it. The small community of St. Paul is west of Big Clifty, and the Rough River runs farther to the northwest of it. The geography around the Rough River is rugged with very high ridges and 40-to-60-foot (12 to 18 m) cliffs bordering the river in many areas.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 367
U.S. Decennial Census
kids search engine
Big Clifty, Kentucky Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.