Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)

Morgan County is in a well-dissected upland area in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field. Ridgetop elevations of 1,100 to 1,300 feet are common over most of the county. The highest elevations and the greatest local reliefs are found in the eastern and southeastern sections. The highest recorded elevation, 1,400 feet, is indicated on a ridge about 1.75 miles southwest of Cannel City and also on the Morgan-Wolfe County line near the southern tip of the county.

Streams have carved valleys 200 to 300 feet or more below the upland over most of the county. In the northwestern part of the county, many of the valleys are cliff lined, but elsewhere the slopes generally are not as steep. The lowest elevation, before the impoundment of Cave Run Lake, was 690 feet, the point where Licking River leaves the county. Cave Run Lake, a flood-control facility, impounds waters of Licking River. Normal pool level is 730 feet, and the maximum flood pool (spillway elevation) is 765 feet. Principal areas of flat land are in the valleys of the larger streams and, to a lesser extent, on the narrow ridges in the northwestern area.

The elevation of West Liberty, the county seat, is 830 feet. Other elevations are Adele, 1,010 feet; Caney, 870 feet; Carmel City, 887 feet; Crockett, 871 feet; Ezel, 948 feet; Grassy Creek, 789 feet; Redwine, 890 feet; White Oak, 800 feet; and Wrigley, 820 feet.

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

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