The town of Kippens is situated on the West Coast of the province of Newfoundland. The town was granted its municipality status on December 31, 1968. The town of Stephenville bounds Kippens to the east, the community of Berry Head to the west, and St. George's Bay to the south. Extensive tracts of forests mark the northern boundary of the community, and Romaine's River (also known as Kippens River) runs in an east-west direction along the northern boundary of the community.
Kippens extends in an east-west direction along Highway 460. The town, for the most part, is built immediately adjacent to the highway right-of-way, with most urban development extending within one kilometer to the north and south. The community is readily accessible to Stephenville on the east and the Port au Port Peninsula on the west by Highway 460.