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Located between Paintsville Lake and Dewey Lake, Painstville serves as a center of commerce, banking, medicine, education, and law for a multi-county region and is a recreational haven appealing to the entire family.

The town features such attractions as Paintsville Lake State Park, an 18-hole golf course,  and Butcher Hollow, the rustic birthplace of "Queen of Country Music," Loretta Lynn. In early October, Paintsville hosts the Kentucky Apple Festival, which provides such festivities as a gospel sing, a 5-K run, clogging, arts and crafts, and even an old-fashioned costume contest. 

Paintsville is a small City nestled in the Big Sandy Valley region of the mountains of eastern Kentucky.Paintsville has a population of about 4500 people and is the county seat of Johnson County Kentucky. Paintsville is located about 100 miles east of  Lexington, Kentucky and about 50 miles south of Ashland, Kentucky. Like most of it's neighboring counties, the main industry that the region depends on is the coal industry.

Antique enthusiasts will get lost in over 25-thousand square feet of shopping. Music fans can follow the trail of the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum.  For those who love unique dining...historic downtown Paintsville is for you!