As part of America’s great outdoors since 1963, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. This family friendly recreation area offers one of the largest blocks of undeveloped forest in the eastern United States. Self-guided tours, overnight group facilities, and professional naturalists and interpreters provide learning activities for everyone. Programs are perfect for school groups, scouts, and homeschoolers. Visitors enjoy the authentic experiences provided by Woodlands Nature Station, Elk & Bison Prairie, Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, and Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory. With 300 miles of natural shoreline, lake access provides idyllic settings for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, and water sports. Licensed hunts for deer, turkey, squirrel and other small game animals occur throughout the year. We maintain over 500 miles of trails for hiking, biking, off-road riding, and horseback riding. A horse camp stays open year round for all campers. Scenic drives provide optimum wildlife viewing areas in the comfort of your car. Innovative resource management draws 240 different species of birds each year. A festival celebrates the hummingbird migration in August and boats take visitors in search of eagles in the winter months. A short video celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Land Between The Lakes.
From Nashville, TN: Take I-24 West into Kentucky to Exit 65 (Cadiz/Hopkinsville). Turn left to Cadiz. Stay on US Hwy 68/80 through Cadiz and across the Lake Barkley bridge, into Land Between The Lakes. In approximately four miles, exit onto Woodlands Trace Scenic Byway and follow the signs to the Golden Pond Visitor Center for information. From points north: From I-24, take Exit 31 to Hwy 453 South towards Grand Rivers. When you cross the canal between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, you are in Land Between The Lakes. This road becomes Woodlands Trace Scenic Byway which is the main north/south road in Land Between The Lakes. The North Welcome Station is approximately 3 miles on your right after crossing the canal.
238 Visitor Center Dr Golden Pond, KY 42211
Auto Touring Biking Boating Historic & Cultural Site Camping Interpretive Programs Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Hunting Off Highway Vehicle Picnicking Recreational Vehicles Visitor Center Water Sports Wildlife Viewing Environmental Education Photography Paddling Swimming
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