Kentucky's Southern Lakes region is in the middle of the state's southern border with Tennessee, and is home to Lake Cumberland.

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The term "Southern Lakes" is used for tourism promotion, but generally not by locals. The traditional local name for most of the region is Pennyrile, taken from the local pronunciation of "pennyroyal", a plant common in the area. The far east of the "Southern Lakes", depending on the speaker, may overlap with the state tourism region of Daniel Boone Country, which in turn is part of the region locally known as Eastern Kentucky or the Eastern Coalfield. "Pennyrile" still sees use, but in recent decades the term South Central Kentucky (which also includes most or all of the Caves and Lakes region, depending on the speaker) has been increasingly used for this area.

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