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Land Between the Lakes Activities: Recreation Paradise

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LBL BIKING

Land Between the Lakes has miles of old logging roads and scenic backroads perfect for mountain biking and cycling. Two extensive mountain bike trails are suitable for various skill levels and numerous paved roads meander through LBL. Wind across rolling hillsides and alongside meadows into quiet lakefront bays. Land Between the Lakes offers some excellent and virtually undiscovered opportunities for mountain biking. Pick up a trail map at any Welcome Station and hit the road!

Canal Loop Trail
The Canal Loop Trail is a 14.2 mile trail system that includes four connector trails to offer a variety of bike rides. The trail can be accessed from either the North Welcome Station Trailhead or the Kentucky Lake Drive Trail Access. The system provides options from 1.5 miles to 14.2-miles in distance and is popular because of the less strenuous terrain and scenic lake views. The Canal Loop Trail offers impressive vistas of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, blissfully winding bikers along the shoreline--particularly the eastern section, near Nickel Branch Boat Launch, which also provides a striking view of Barkley Dam. Access via road #102 or The Trace. Kentucky Lake Drive, which branches west off The Trace near the Canal Loop Trails, carries cyclists atop a ridge overlooking the serene waters below. Old cemeteries dot the landscape along the North/South Trail, invoking reverence for former residents between the rivers.
Rating: Easy to moderate; 120-foot change in elevation. View a Map

North/South Trail
The northern portion of the North/South Trail, a 31-mile section, is open to mountain biking and connects the North Welcome Station with the Golden Pond Visitors Center. The point-to-point trail traverses ridge tops, bottomlands, and the shores of Kentucky Lake. Visitors can us this trail in conjunction with LBL's legal roads to make a series of shorter loops. Other opportunities include connecting to the Canal Loop Trail for a total of 45 miles.
Rating: Easy to advanced; single-track, logging roads, gravel roads. -View a North Map --- View South Map

Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail - New for 2013
The newly constructed trail runs parallel with US68/KY80, east and west between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. This family-friendly trail was designed with smooth surfaces, gentle grades, and trailside rest areas. The paved 2.5 miles of the eastern portion of the trail provides shoreline views of Lake Barkley as well as wildlife viewing opportunities in adjacent open areas. The 8.5 miles of the central and western portions were developed using a compacted stone surface. Here visitors can explore rolling hills and ridge tops of a central hardwood forest ecosystem.
Rating: Easy to Moderate--View a Map

Call for more info: 1-270-924-2000 or 1-800-LBL-7077
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Backwoods Camping in Land Between the Lakes


Have you ever slept under the stars or waken by the birds chirping and the gentle waves lapping at the shoreline? LBL encompasses 170,000 acres of almost entirely undeveloped land, surrounded on three sides by water -- a camper's paradise! With more than 300 miles of shoreline (that is more than Lake Superior), many quiet beaches and coves are perfect overnight spots. Hikers and mountain bikers on an extended exploration of our trail system can spend the night trailside, too. So pack your tent and head into the back country for a night under the stars.

Back Country camping is permitted year-round anywhere in LBL except for cemeteries, picnic areas, fee campgrounds, the Environmental Education Area and within 200 yards of paved roads. A Backcountry Use Permit is required.
Be sure to download the current General LBL Map.
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LBL Lake Camping & Lake Access

Land Between The Lakes has five fee lake access areas and 16 camping areas offering year-round lakeside camping. Anyone is welcome to use these areas, but because of the services available, they are ideal for those enjoying an overnight fishing trip or extended boat trip.

Lake Access Areas offer some basic amenities like campsites, picnic tables, grills, chemical toilets, drinking water, trash pickup and boat ramps. You can find a Lake Access Area on the shores of either Kentucky or Barkley Lake at selected points on the LBL peninsula. They are: Birmingham Ferry/Smith Bay, Cravens Bay, Fenton, Gatlin Point and Rushing Creek Campground.

Rushing Creek Campground, on Kentucky Lake, offers additional amenities: 40 basic campsites capable of handling an RV or tent, plus modern restrooms and showers, picnic pavilions, a multi-purpose play court, playground equipment, a boat ramp and courtesy docks.

Camping Areas are more basic: they have boat ramps and may have campsites, picnic tables and grills. There is no trash pick-up or other services in these areas.

A Backcountry Camper Use Permit is required to use Camping Areas.
Be sure to download the current General LBL Map.
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LBL Hiking


More than 200 miles of trails and abandoned roads meander through LBL's backwoods, fields and alongside peaceful lakeshores. Catch a glimpse of native wildlife. Walk in the footsteps of General Grant. Sleep under the stars. . .

North South Trail
Take the grand tour! This trail spans the entire length of LBL and ranges from rugged, hilly terrain in the north to more smooth hiking in the south. Portions are accessible from The Trace for those wishing to hike a section of the trail.
Length: 65 miles.
Rating: Moderate to Strenuous. 200-foot elevation change. --View a North Map --- View South Map

Fort Henry National Recreation Trail
Located in the south end of LBL, Fort Henry is a system of 10 connecting trails totaling 26 miles. The trail follows closely the route of General Grant's troop movements from Fort Henry to Fort Donelson during the Civil War.
Length: 26 miles.
Rating: Moderate. 100-foot elevation change. --View a Map

Canal Loop Trail
In the north end, this series of connecting trails provides walks ranging from 1.5 miles to 14 miles. One of our most popular trails, because it offers spectacular lake views and the opportunity for short walks.
Length: 14 miles.
Rating: Easy to Moderate. 80-foot elevation change. --View a Map

Honker Trail
Located near The Nature Station in the heart of our Environmental Education Area, this trail winds around Honker Lake through a variety of habitats: dense forest, meadows, and along the lakeshore. Be sure to watch for our resident flock of Giant Canada Geese which nest in the area and give the trail its name!
Length: 4.5 miles.
Rating: Moderate--View a Map

Hematite Lake Trail
Located near the Nature Station, this easy walk around Hematite Lake offers a chance to see migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. Bring a picnic to enjoy at one of our picnic tables at the trail head.
Length: 2.2 miles.
Rating: Easy to Moderate--View a Map

Woodland Walk
An easy, wooded trail winding through the forests and along the shoreline of Honker Lake. Enjoy a picnic at the trail head's picnic shelter!
Length: 1.0 mile.
Rating: Easy--View a Map

Center Furnace Trail
Embarking from the ruins of the Center Iron Furnace near the Nature Station, this easy walk is marked with interpretive signs, offering a glimpse of the bustling industry that thrived in the region 150 years ago.
Length: 0.3 miles.
Rating: Easy --View a Map

Long Creek National Recreation Trail
Located near the Nature Station, this paved trail is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
Length: 0.2 mile paved.
Rating: Easy--View a Map

Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail - NEW for 2013
The newly constructed trail runs parallel with US68/KY80, east and west between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. This family-friendly trail was designed with smooth surfaces, gentle grades, and trailside rest areas. The paved 2.5 miles of the eastern portion of the trail provides shoreline views of Lake Barkley as well as wildlife viewing opportunities in adjacent open areas. The 8.5 miles of the central and western portions were developed using a compacted stone surface. Here visitors can explore rolling hills and ridge tops of a central hardwood forest ecosystem. This new, centrally located trail provides a great outdoor recreation opportunity for local families and visitors.
Rating: Easy to Moderate--View a Map

*It is highly recommended you use tick repellent from March 15 to October 15, before hiking or other outdoor activities.


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