Carlisle County

Welcome to Carlisle County

Nestled near the edge of the Kentucky-Missouri border, Carlisle County offers a rural lifestyle in an ideal riverfront location. Here, wide-open roads wind through pristine pastoral landscapes dotted with farms and pastures. Southern small towns provide respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. But above all, Carlisle County offers a one-of-a-kind atmosphere where you can truly live, work, and play.   

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At a Glance

Getting Around

Major roads: US-51, US-62 
Nashville International Airport: 2 hours, 33 minutes
Paducah, KY: 43 minutes
Cairo, IL: 20 minutes
Mayfield, KY: 32 minutes


Population: 4,784
Largest city: Bardwell
County seat: Bardwell
Median home value: $104,750

Communities of Carlisle County


As Carlisle's county seat, Bardwell offers plenty of historic charm and a host of modern conveniences. This small town is home to the county court house and a blossoming commercial district, in addition to a diverse network of ATV and horseback trails.   


Founded in 1873 as a railroad town, Arlington has since transformed into a tight-knit community that enjoys easy access to all of Carlisle County's conveniences. You'll find plenty of locals enjoying the outdoors at Wright's Area 252 or shopping at Gracie's Home and Gifts.


Though it may be an unincorporated community, Cunningham is the perfect place for anyone looking to live in total peace and quiet. This tiny town is known for its annual Strawberry Festival, which features everything from a 5K race to a cornhole tournament.

Things to Do in Carlisle County

What You'll LOVE in Carlisle County

Ready to live a laid-back lifestyle in Carlisle County? Whether you choose to settle down in bustling Bardwell or another smaller community, you'll enjoy everything this area has to offer. Here are a few more details you won't want to miss.

Shopping & dining

Carlisle County features plenty of local businesses worth visiting, including down-home barbecue restaurants and family-owned boutiques. Locals often recommend 51 Grill, an American-style eatery serving burgers and other favorites. Looking for some delicious breakfast? Carol's Restaurant is the place to go.

Though Carlisle County doesn't have many big-box stores, all of your everyday conveniences await along Highway 62. You'll find more shopping opportunities in nearby Paducah, too.

Parks and recreation

Ready to get outside and enjoy the Kentucky countryside? Carlisle County boasts plenty of local parks, trails, and campgrounds, so it's easy to get in touch with nature. Indian Camp Campground is the perfect place to bring your RV or ATV for a weekend getaway. Want to learn a little bit more about the area's history? Try paying a visit to Columbus Belmont State Park to explore the local Civil War museum and take in sweeping views of the Mississippi River.

Educational opportunities

Carlisle County Public Schools educates just under 800 students across four schools. Don't be fooled by this district's size—its amazingly low student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1 allows for more one-on-one instruction time at all grade levels. A solid graduation rate, above-average test scores, and a free Head Start preschool program makes CCPS a fantastic choice for any child. 

Countryside Bliss Awaits

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