Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)

Knott County is in the mountainous Eastern Kentucky coal field. The area is highly dissected by
normal stream erosion. Ridges and valleys occupy about equal portions of the landscape. Few
large streams are present, and there is a general absence of flat land except narrow strips in the
valley bottoms. The lowest elevation, about 675 feet, is at the mouth of Jones Fork where it joins
the Right Fork of Beaver Creek.

Upland elevations commonly exceed 1,400 feet. Local reliefs of 500 to 800 feet are common,
generally being greater in the eastern part of the county than in the west. The highest elevations
occur in the extreme southern and southeastern parts of the county where mountaintop elevations
in excess of 2,000 feet are present. These elevations are found along and near the Knott-Floyd,
Knott-Pike, and Knott-Letcher County boundaries. The highest point in the county is 2,360 feet,
on a mountain at the head of Arnold Fork at the junction of Knott, Letcher, and Pike Counties.

The elevation of Hindman, the county seat, is 1,031 feet. Elevations at other communities are
Carr Creek, 1,009 feet; Carrie, 990 feet; Kite, 879 feet; Mousie, 785 feet; Pippa Passes, 1002
feet; and Sassafras, 947 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 map.

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