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Kentucky Topographical Map

On a topographical map, sometimes called a topo map, contour lines are often used to join points of equal elevation above sea level and color gradations may depict elevation ranges between the contour lines.  Topographical maps are often used to determine areas and routes where the terrain is fairly level or where steep slopes exist.  This page includes both static and interactive topographical maps of Kentucky.

Static Kentucky Topo Map

This section features a topographical map of Kentucky as well as a map legend that specifies elevation ranges and indicates their corresponding map colors. 

Kentucky topo map


Map Legend

elevation legend
boundaries, rivers, and lakes legend

Kentucky Topographical Features

Kentucky's highest mountain is Black Mountain, whose peak is 4,145 feet above sea level.  Kentucky's lowest elevation is 257 feet above sea level, at the Mississippi River.  Kentucky land features include the north central Bluegrass Region, the eastern Cumberland plateau and mountains, and forested hills in the west.  Major rivers in Kentucky include the Mississippi, Ohio, Big Sandy, Licking, Kentucky, and Salt.

Interactive Kentucky Topo Map

This section features a topographical map that can be zoomed and panned to show the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky or a small portion of the state.  To zoom in or out on the map, use the plus (+) button or the minus (-) button, respectively.  To pan the map in any direction, simply swipe it or drag it in that direction.  At high zoom levels, the contour lines on this Kentucky map can help outdoorsmen, land developers, and others to plan their routes and activities more efficiently. 

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Kentucky Topo Map