September 22, 2012 5:00 AM

Kentucky landscape is easily accessible, widely varied

Kentucky, the 37th largest of the 50 states, packs a lot of variety into its 40,400 square miles. That's to be expected with a state built on a tilt. On the east end are rugged mountains, the tallest of which rises 4,139 feet above sea level. The west end, 380 miles away, is Mississippi River bottomland that in places is less than 300 feet above sea level.

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