Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)
Carlisle County is located in the extreme western part of Kentucky. The Mississippi River, or its former route, marks the western boundary of the county and the northern boundary follows the meandering route of slow-flowing Mayfield Creek, a tributary of the Mississippi. The lowest elevation in the county is approximately 283 feet, the elevation of the Mississippi River.
Two contrasting topographic landscapes characterize Carlisle County:
the upland area and the bottom lands. The upland area, well dissected
by normal stream erosion, is composed of rolling hills, locally flat-topped
ridges, and broad valleys. Local relief, except along the Mississippi
Bottom lands adjacent to the Mississippi River range from 290 to 330
feet. They are marked by north-south-oriented lakes, ponds, sloughs,
chutes, and swamps, all former routes of the Mississippi in normal or
flood-flow conditions. One floodplain area, known as Islands 2, 3, and
4, lies on the
The elevation of Arlington is 347 feet; Bardwell, the county seat, 378 feet; Berkley, 395 feet; Cunningham, 398 feet; and Milburn, 480 feet.
The 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps that cover Carlisle County
are shown, by name and by index code (Kentucky Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection Cabinet) on the index