Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)

Fayette County is in the heart of the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Except in the vicinity of the Kentucky River, which marks part of the southern boundary, the area is a gently rolling limestone upland. Local reliefs, except near the Kentucky River, are generally less than 100 feet. Features associated with underground drainage are present in the county but are conspicuous only locally.

The Kentucky River occupies a narrow, steep-sided valley cut 300 feet or more below the adjacent upland. Bold limestone cliffs line much of the valley. The lowest elevation in the county is 549 feet, the normal pool elevation of the Kentucky River at the Valley View Ferry.

Elevations in excess of 950 feet are common. The highest point in the county is on a nearly flat-topped ridge near the western end of the Athens-Walnut Hill Road, where an elevation of 1,070 feet is recorded.

The Fayette-Bourbon and part of the Fayette-Clark County lines are along the drainage divide between the Kentucky and Licking Rivers. Elevations in excess of 1,000 feet are common in this area.

In Lexington, the elevation at the courthouse is 959 feet; elevation at the Administration Building on the University of Kentucky campus is 975 feet, and Ashland, the former home of Henry Clay, is at 1,040 feet. Other elevations in the county include Athens, 956 feet; Avon, 954 feet; Blue Grass Field, 976 feet; Coletown, 970 feet; Fort Spring, 853 feet; and South Elkhorn, 901 feet.

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

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