About This Place
South Williamson is an unincorporated town in the Appalachian Mountains of northeastern Pike County, Kentucky, borders with West Virginia. It is separated from Williamson, West Virginia by the Tug Fork River. The town is located 23 miles east of Pikeville, Kentucky and 28 miles southwest of Logan, West Virginia, and can be accessed via U.S. Route 119.
South Williamson is protected by a floodwall, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in response to a devastating flood along the Tug Fork River in 1977. There have only been two uses of the gates thus far, the first occurred in 2002 during a major flood in the region. And the second occurred in 2003, due to anticipation of the rising river getting higher.
The South Williamson area incorporates the surrounding Kentucky communities of Goody, Forest Hills, Toler, and Belfry. In the early 1990s, residents of the area voted down a proposal to incorporate the area. South Williamson is home to the South Side Mall which is the only mall in the area. The zip code of 41503 (South Williamson), and 41527 (Forest Hills) are the 2nd and 3rd (respectively) wealthiest portions of the county. 41503 is the 61st wealthiest in Kentucky and 41527 is the 63rd wealthiest. The average income for these areas are $49,345 (41503), and $48,484 (41527).