Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)

Owen County is in the Outer Bluegrass Region of north-central Kentucky. The Kentucky River marks the western boundary, and Eagle Creek marks the northern boundary. The area is a well-dissected upland, and the topography is definitely hilly. Local relief ranges from approximately 100 feet in headwater areas to more than 350 feet along the bluffs of the Kentucky River and Eagle Creek. Principal areas of flat land are in the valleys of these two streams, and the lowest elevation in the county, approximately 425 feet, is at their confluence at the northwestern corner of the county.

Ridgetop elevations are generally between 850 and 950 feet. The highest elevation, 1,000 feet, is in Owenton, the county seat. Elevations of other communities are Gratz, 484 feet; Lusbys Mill, 734 feet; Monterey, 487 feet; New Columbus, 869 feet; New Liberty, 894 feet; and Wheatley 880 feet.

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

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