Regions of The Loop

Regions of The Loop

Loop Map

The Loop is divided into five distinct physiographic regions. A physiographic region is a large-scale portion of land defined by its distinct geology (the rocks underneath the soil), topography (hills, valleys, and flat spots), communities of native plants and animals and history.  The Louisville Loop travels through five physiographic regions: the Ohio River Valley, the Knobs, the Shale Lowland, the Floyd’s Fork watershed and the Limestone Belt. Each one tells a different story of why Jefferson County looks the way it does today.  So while you pass through these five distinct regions, take a little bit of time to marvel at the beauty and diversity of the landscape. We hope that highlighting the physiographic regions of the Loop will help you learn about and enjoy the landscapes, history and neighborhoods of each region . The Loop also connects with Olmsted Parkways.

(Geological information courtesy of Barbara Conkin, Why Are the Highlands High?)

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Ohio River Valley

Floyds Fork 

Planning in Progress  

The Knobs

Limestone Belt 

Shale Lowlands

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