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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

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ADA Accessibility Notes

The Woodlands Nature Station, Planetarium, Elk & Bison Prairie and Homeplace 1850s, as well as most picnic areas and camping areas are ADA accessible. However, many trails and primitive camping areas are not. Please call for more information.

Come Outside and Play is the motto of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL), and with 170,000 acres of woods and water, this is certainly a supersized playground. Nestled between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Land Between the Lakes offers 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline for paddlers, boaters, fishermen and campers. Hundreds of miles of interior trails are dedicated to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, backpacking, hunting and riding horses, mountain bikes and ATVs. Because fun knows no borders, Land Between the Lakes spans two states, Southwestern Kentucky and Northwestern Tennessee.

"Environmental education" is in Land Between the Lakes' mission statement, and the knowledgeable staff works to enlighten visitors with innovative programming and activities planned daily. The Woodlands Nature Station, Golden Pond Planetarium, Elk and Bison Prairie, and Home Place 1850s are four unique attractions used in this effort. Each is located along the commercially undeveloped, forest lined Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway.

Land Between the Lakes also offers the opportunity to bring large groups to stay on site and be one with nature at Brandon Spring Group Center. This year-round, overnight facility overlooks scenic Bards Lake and provides a relaxing atmosphere brimming with educational opportunities for all ages. Brandon Spring offers all the comforts of home, including delicious meals.

No matter the season, guests are invited to drive through Land Between the Lakes and encouraged to stay a while, because there's no better host than Mother Nature.

How to Get There

From Clarksville, TN, follow Fort Campbell Blvd, I-24 W and US-68 W to KY-453 S in Trigg County, KY. Exit from US-68 (55.9 mi). Turn right onto KY-453 S (0.2 mi) to Visitors Center.

From Dover, TN take Tennessee-49W into Kentucky. Travel approximately 26 miles to the Golden Pond Visitors Center and Planetarium. (Not: There is a smaller visitors center on the south end not far from the southern entrance to Land Betweem the Lakes)

From Aurora, KY the trip is less than 5 miles. Take US-68 E for approximately 4 miles then take the exit toward KY-453 S for .2 miles. Turn right onto Ky-453 S. The Visitors Center is .2 miles away

From Paducah, KY the trip is approximately 42 miles. Take US-62 E/Clarks River Rd
(3.4 mi) then take US-68 E to KY-453 S in Trigg County. Exit from US-68 E (38.4 mi).
Turn right onto KY-453 S. Visitors Center is .2 miles away.

From Hopkinsville, KY take US-68 W/Cadiz Rd and follow for approximately 35 miles.
Make a U-turn at 68/80 (0.5 mi) and take the exit toward KY-453 S (0.2 mi).
Turn right onto KY-453 S. Visitors Center is in .2 miles.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are welcome on trails and in camping, picnic and parking areas. However, only service animals are permitted indoors.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • RV/Primitive Camping
  • Boating
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Horseback Riding
  • ATV Trails
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Photography Geocaching and more!


Seasons Accessible

Barring extreme weather, Land Between the Lakes is open year-round. However, the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, Woodlands Nature Station, North and South Welcome Stations, and Piney and Hillman Ferry campgrounds close during December, January and February.



There are fees for camping and the attractions.

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