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Pennyroyal region of Kentucky

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The Pennyroyal Region (also called Pennyrile) stretches along the southern border of Kentucky from the Appalachian Plateau west all the way to Kentucky Lake. The southern portion of the Pennyroyal Region consists of flat lands with some rolling hills. In the center of the region lies a treeless area called The Barrens. The northern section consists of rocky ridges. Under this rocky area are underground caves and tunnels.

the Pennyroyal region is named after the small herb that grows there.

Kentucky regions


Kentucky can be divided into five primary regions:

  • the Cumberland Plateau in the east,
  • the north-central Bluegrass region,
  • the south-central and western Pennyroyal Plateau (also known as the Pennyrile or Mississippi Plateau),
  • the Western Coal Fields and
  • the far-west Jackson Purchase.

Resource: "Regions of Kentucky" Prezi presentation


(county seat listed after in parentheses)

  • Ballard
  • Caldwell (Princeton)
  • Calloway
  • Carlisle
  • Christian
  • Crittenden
  • Fulton
  • Graves
  • Hickman
  • Hopkins (Madonsville)
  • Livingston
  • Lyon
  • Marshall
  • McCracken
  • Muhlenberg
  • Trigg
  • Todd
  • Webster (Dixon)


Mammoth Cave is located in the Pennyroyal region.


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