Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)

Most of Montgomery County lies in the Outer Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky. The eastern and southern edges of the county border the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field and contain a number of high knobs and ridges, many with elevations in excess of 1,200 feet. The highest elevations in the county are found there.

The area is well dissected and is drained by tributaries of the Kentucky and Licking Rivers. Both the highest and lowest points are situated in the southwestern part of the county. The highest elevation, 1,447 feet, is a point on Westbrook Mountain near the Montgomery-Powell County line about 4.5 miles south of Camargo. The lowest elevation, about 707 feet, is at the junction of Montgomery, Powell, and Clark Counties where Copperas Creek leaves the county.

The elevation of Slate Creek where it crosses the Montgomery-Bath County line is about 730 feet, and the elevation of Hinkston Creek where it leaves the county is about 800 feet. Ridgetop elevations over most of the county range between 1,000 and 1,100 feet. For the most part, the terrain is rolling to hilly, but there are a number of low, broad, flat-topped ridges in the Camargo-Jeffersonville area of southeastern Montgomery County and a few high, flat-topped ridges adjacent to Slate Creek south of Howards Mill in the east-central part of the county.

Elevations of general interest include Mount Sterling, at the courthouse, 970 feet; Camargo, 925 feet; Howards Mill, 775 feet; Jeffersonville, 842 feet; Judy, 1,008 feet; Sid Calk Lake, 925 feet; Greenbrier Creek Reservoir, 805 feet; and the lake at Camp McKee, 860 feet.

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

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