Kentucky Route 221

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Kentucky Route 221

KY 221 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length42.5 mi[1][2] (68.4 km)
Major junctions
West end KY 66 east of Dorton Branch
Major intersections US 421 near Bledsoe
KY 510 in Pine Mountain
East end KY 699 southwest of Leatherwood
CountryUnited States
CountiesBell, Harlan, Perry, Leslie
Highway system
KY 220 KY 222

Kentucky Route 221 (KY 221) is a 42.5-mile-long (68.4 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The highway connects mostly rural areas of Bell, Harlan, Perry, and Leslie counties with the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Route description

Bell County

KY 221 begins at an intersection with KY 66 east of Dorton Branch, within Bell. It travels in an easterly direction, paralleling the ironically-named Straight Creek. In Jenson, it intersects the southern terminus of KY 2013. It curves to the northeast and crosses over Straight Creek. The highway immediately intersects the southern terminus of KY 1630 just outside of Kettle Island. It also crosses over some CSX railroad tracks and continues to the northeast. After crossing Mill Creek, it crosses over the CSX tracks again and enters Laurel Ford. There, it briefly heads to the north-northwest before resuming its northeast direction. In Stoney Fork, it crosses over Stoney Fork and intersects the southern terminus of KY 2011 (Stoney Fork Road).[1]

Harlan County

Typical scenery, at the KY 2009 intersection north of Harlan

After entering Harlan County, KY 221 enters Tacky Town. There, it crosses over Big Run and Laurel Branch and intersects the northern terminus of KY 3448. It begins to travel along the southern edge of the Boone Forestlands Wildlife Management Area. It has a crossing of Salt Trace Branch and an intersection with the southern terminus of KY 1780. The highway then curves to the east and crosses over Straight Creek one final time before curving to the southeast and leaving the creek. It intersects the southern terminus of KY 3466 (Bigelow Road) and then passes Green Hills Elementary School. Right after that, it intersects U.S. Route 421 (US 421). The two highways travel concurrently in a northeasterly direction, along the southern edge of Daniel Boone National Forest. When they split, KY 221 enters the forest proper. It heads to the east, passing Green and Middleton Cemeteries. It resumes its northeastern direction, then crosses over Laurel Fork and intersects the southern terminus of KY 2009. It then intersects the southern terminus of KY 3465 (Abner Branch Road). In Divide, it intersects the northern terminus of KY 2010. In Pine Mountain, it curves to the north and intersects the western terminus of KY 510. KY 221 then heads to the north-northwest and parallels Greasy Creek, with one crossing of the creek. In Big Laurel, the highway crosses over Big Laurel Creek and intersects the eastern terminus of KY 2008. KY 221 then heads to the northeast, paralleling Big Laurel Creek. It then curves to the north and north-northwest and enters Perry County.[1][2]

Perry and Leslie counties

KY 221 doesn't have any major intersections in Perry County. It curves to the southwest and enters Leslie County. It curves to the north and northeast and meets its eastern terminus, an intersection with KY 699 (Cutshin Road).[2]

Major intersections

Bell0.00.0 KY 66 – PinevilleWestern terminus
KY 2013 north
Southern terminus of KY 2013
KY 1630 north
Southern terminus of KY 1630
Stoney Fork9.315.0
KY 2011 north (Stoney Fork Road)
Southern terminus of KY 2011
HarlanTacky Town13.121.1
KY 3448 south
Northern terminus of KY 3448
Boone Forestlands Wildlife Management Area14.423.2
KY 1780 north
Southern terminus of KY 1780
KY 3466 north (Bigelow Road)
Southern terminus of KY 3466
US 421 south – Harlan
Western end of US 421 concurrency
Daniel Boone National Forest22.536.2
US 421 north – Hyden
Eastern end of US 421 concurrency
KY 2009 north
Southern terminus of KY 2009
KY 3465 north (Abner Branch Road)
Southern terminus of KY 3465
KY 2010 south
Northern terminus of KY 2010
Pine Mountain32.051.5
KY 510 east
Western terminus of KY 510
Big Laurel35.156.5
KY 2008 west
Eastern terminus of KY 2008
PerryNo major intersections
Leslie42.568.4 KY 699 (Cutshin Road)Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d Google (May 27, 2016). "Kentucky Route 221 (Western terminus to KY 2009)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Google (May 27, 2016). "Kentucky Route 221 (KY 2009 to eastern terminus)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 27, 2016.