Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)
County is in the coal field area of southeastern Kentucky. It is
an upland area characterized by deeply entrenched streams and cliff-lined
valleys. Elevations in excess of 1000 feet prevail over most of the
county. Elevations less than 1000 feet are found only along a few of
the larger streams.
The highest elevations are in the northwestern part of the county where
several ridges and hills attain elevations of 1600 feet or more. The
highest point, 1633 feet, is on a ridge near the Jackson-Rockcastle
County line about 1 1/4 miles south of Morrill. Maximum local reliefs
in this part of the county may exceed 600 feet. A few sinkholes are
found in the bottoms of deeper valleys in this part of the county, modifying
the normal valley profiles and drainage patterns.
Elevations decrease and the terrain is more subdued in the southeastern
part of the county. Ridgetop elevations rarely exceed 1200 to 1300 feet,
maximum local reliefs of 300 feet are common, and cliffs are less abundant.
The lowest elevation in the county is approximately 650 feet, the point
where Station Camp Creek flows northward out of the northeast corner
of the county. In the southwest corner, Rockcastle River leaves the
county at an elevation of approximately 870 feet.
The elevation of McKee, the county seat, is 1030 feet. Other elevations are Annville, 1094 feet; Morrill, 1500 feet; Parrott, 1280 feet; Sandgap, 1490 feet; and Tyner, 1182 feet.
The 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps that cover the county are
shown, by name and by index code (Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental
Protection Cabinet) on the index
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