Population: Madison County —75,000; Richmond — 30,000.
Distance from Lexington: Richmond is 25 miles from Lexington.
Known for: Eastern Kentucky University, a college nationally known for its criminal justice department and its new Center for the Arts.
Brief history: Daniel Boone settled in the Madison County area. Richmond was founded in 1798 by Colonel John Miller, a Revolutionary War soldier. That same year the Kentucky Legislature moved the Madison County seat from Milford to Miller's land.
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Don't miss: Fort Boonesborough State Park, located near the banks of the Kentucky River off of I-75.
Candle dipping, pottery turning, lye soap making and welding are just some of the activities visitors can participate it while camping on the site or after a hike on a nature trail.