About us

Mission Statement

Rough River Youth Ranch is committed to building character and strengthening lives of youth once child at a time by providing quality education, stable home environment, and opportunities for spiritual, physical, and mental growth.


Who We Are

Located in the scenic rolling hill country of Breckenridge County, KY, near Rough River State Park, RRYR provides a quiet and peaceful setting, perfect for young men, ages 10 to 17, needing a a more structured environment for spiritual, mental, and physical growth. 

Our facilities include a family-style ranch house, an 11- stall horse barn with an indoor training/riding arena, and a work shed for automotive and small engine repair.  Our school, Bethel Christian Academy, adjacent to the ranch, educates boarding and day students in grades pre-K through 12th grade.

At the ranch, residents are taught the necessity and importance of being a part of a family as they help with daily chores in the ranch house, garden, and barn. They also learn to help in the kitchen, clean in the house, launder their own clothes, mow and tend the lawns, plant and harvest a  garden, and care for the ranch animals. As they work, our youth benefit from learning the satisfaction of accomplishment and pride in a job well done.

Leisure time activities can include hiking, fishing, camping or horseback riding with our staff on the six-mile hiking/ equestrian trail beginning near our ranch house.

Staff and residents attend Bethel Fellowship Church on Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings.  The ranch and school are staffed by persons of fine Christian character and integrity, who have vast experience and training in ministry to today's youth. Please contact us for an application packet.

We are not a therapeutical facility and we expect parents to be in contact with their children by phone calls, mail, visitations and vacations during school breaks.


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