Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)

Campbell County, located in the Outer Bluegrass Region in northern Kentucky, is bounded by streams on three sides -- the Ohio River on the east and north and the Licking River on the west. The lowest elevation in the county is 455 feet at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers.

The area is well dissected by numerous small streams that flow into the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Flat areas are relatively scarce and generally small. Valley flats along the Ohio River are narrow or nonexistent. Flat areas along the Licking River, where present, may be wider than those along the Ohio. Locally, ridgetops may be flat, but the areas involved are not large. The alluviated flat areas at elevations around 700 feet in the vicinity of and south of Claryville are associated with the ancient abandoned channel of the Licking River. Terraces along the Licking River have elevations of 490 and 520 feet.

The upland areas range from approximately 900 feet in the south to 750 feet in the north. The highest elevation is 920 feet, a ridge on the divide between the Ohio and Licking Rivers near the southern boundary of the county. The greatest local reliefs appear to be along the valley of the Licking River in the central and southern parts of the county, where differences in elevation between the stream and the adjacent hills may be as great as 400 feet. The hills above Newport are approximately 300 feet above the Ohio River.

Elevations of communities are Alexandria, the county seat, 823 feet; Bellevue, 545 feet; Dayton, 515 feet; Fort Thomas, 810 feet; and Newport, 514 feet.

The 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps that cover Campbell County are shown, by name and by index code (Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet) on the index map.

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