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Aerial photography of Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky
Land Between the Lakes, the national recreation area between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake in south west of Kentucky.
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About Kentucky

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KY has two time zones
eastern half Eastern: UTC −5/−4
western half Central: UTC −6/−5

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Location map of Kentucky state USA
Where in the United States is Kentucky? Location map of Kentucky in the US.
Kentucky is one of the 50 US states located in the east south-central region along the west side of the Appalachian Mountains, the region is known as the Upland South.

The landlocked state is bordered by Virginia to the southeast, and Tennessee to the south. The Ohio River forms the natural border with Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, the Big Sandy and the Tug Fork Rivers define the border with West Virginia in east, the Mississippi River forms the border to Missouri in south west.

Since at least 5,000 years, the region was inhabited by Native American people. About 4,000 years ago they shifted from a hunter-gatherer economy to an agricultural-based economy by cultivating numerous species of wild plants. Native groups known to have lived in Kentucky were Cherokee, Chickasaw, Delaware (Lenape), and Shawnee.

Kentucky Topographic Regions Map Topographic Map of Kentucky shows Kentucky's five major regions: the Cumberland Plateau, the Bluegrass region, the Pennyroyal Plateau (or Mississippian Plateau), the Western Coal Fields, and the Jackson Purchase. (Click the map to enlarge)

The region was explored by Daniel Boone, a frontiersman and one of the first folk heroes of the United States.
European settlement bagan in the mid 18th century.
First settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains were founded with settlers migrating primarily from Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

The region of what is today Kentucky (then part of Virginia), was ceded by the French to the British in 1763 and then to the US in 1783 by the Treaty of Paris (which ended the American Revolution).
Admission to the Union on 1st June 1792 as the 15th state.

Kentucky side of Black Mountain
Kentucky's highest point, the Black Mountain, offers a rare view of the Appalachian coalfields with no mountaintop removal mining in sight.
Image: Matt Wasson

The Commonwealth of Kentucky (the state's official name) occupies an area of 104,659 km² (40,409 sq mi) [1] making it slightly larger than Iceland (103,000 km²) or somewhat smaller than Guatemala (108,889 km²). Compared with other US states, Kentucky would fit into Texas almost seven times, but is almost 5 times larger than New Jersey.

Kentucky Geography

Kentucky's five major regions are:
I. The Cumberland Plateau in south east, the deeply dissected plateau is the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains (Appalachian Plateau).

A street in Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky
Downtown Frankfort, since 1792 the capital of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The city is also the seat of Franklin County.
Image: kartografia
II. The Bluegrass region in the northeastern part of the state is centered around Lexington, a farmland savanna of wide grasslands, oak trees, country roads and world-renowned horse farms.

III. The landscape of the Pennyroyal Plateau (aka Mississippi Plateau) offers rolling hills, caves, and karst topography.

IV. The Western Coal Fields with its rugged terrain is the region of coal mining in Kentucky since 1750, in 2010 there were still more than 400 operating coal mines in the state.

V. The Jackson Purchase in southwest, that part of Kentucky near Missouri, that was purchased from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818.

National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The Museum showcases the Chevrolet Corvette, the American dream car that has been in production since 1953. The design work for the car "Project Opel" began as a secret project.
Image: David Ellis

Major rivers are the Cumberland River, the Kentucky River, the Licking River and the Green River.
Major lakes in the state are Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, and Kentucky Lake freshwater reservoir.

Highest Elevation Point
The state's highest elevation point is on Black Mountain at 1,263 m (4,145 ft), located in Harlan County near the Virginia border.

More Kentucky Facts:
The state's nickname is Bluegrass State.

The state is home to the Kentucky Derby, a horse race and "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports". Thoroughbred horses and beef cattle are Kentucky's most important livestock products.

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Kentucky produces 95% of the world's supply of bourbon whiskey. [3]

World Heritage Site
Within Mammoth Cave in Kentucky
Stalactites and stalagmites in Mammoth Cave in the Mammoth Cave National Park of Kentucky. It is the world's longest known cave system with chambers and subterranean passageways, more than 600 km (400 mi) are explored [2]. The Mammoth Cave National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Kentucky has one amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Mammoth Cave National Park preserves a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky and the Mammoth Cave -- the longest known cave system in the world.

The cave system is a network of natural caves, vertical shafts, and extremely large horizontal underground passageways with an unbelievable length of more than 650 km (405 mi).

The limestone cave system is an unrivaled example of a number of stages of Earth's evolutionary history with almost every type of cave formation known, and it contains the richest known cave-dwelling wildlife.

The property is since 1981 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mammoth Cave National Park - U.S. National Park Service (

Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky
Rendered image of Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. The Beaux-Arts style building houses the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial) of the state government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Image: Google Earth

Today Kentucky has a population of 4.5 million people (2018 est.) [4], capital is Frankfort, largest city is Louisville, largest metro area is Louisville metropolitan area.

Busiest airports in the state are Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA code: CVG), and Louisville International Airport (Standiford Field; IATA code: SDF).

Cities and Towns in Kentucky

Map shows the location of following cities and towns in Kentucky:

Major cities are: Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Covington, Hopkinsville, Paducah and Frankfort (state capital).

Other cities and towns in Kentucky:

Ashland, Bardstown, Berea, Campbellsville, Corbin, Covington, Cynthiana, Danville, Elizabethtown, Florence, Fulton, Glasgow, Harlan, Harrodsburg, Hazard, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Independence, Jackson, Jenkins, La Grange, Lebanon, Leitchfield, London, Madisonville, Marion, Mayfield, Maysville, Middlesboro, Morehead, Mount Sterling, Mount Vernon, Owensboro, Paintsville, Paris, Pikeville, Pleasure Ridge Park, Princeton, Radcliff, Richmond, Russellville, Scottsville, and Somerset.

Downtown Louisville at Ohio River with the Belle of Louisville
Downtown Louisville at Ohio River with the Belle of Louisville, a paddle steamer owned and operated by the city. Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth, founded in 1778.
Image: Jonathan Parrish

The detailed map below is showing the US state of Kentucky with boundaries, the location of the state capital Frankfort, major cities and populated places, streams and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, and railroads.

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Reference Map of Kentucky
Reference Map of Kentucky.

Map is based on a state map of The National Atlas of the USA.
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