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Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway

Scenic Byways or Routes
The Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway is a 43 mile drive through Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. – Land Between the Lakes Staff

Running along a ridge of land between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Woodlands Trace is a beautiful, easy drive in rolling terrain with opportunities to pull off and explore on your own or at developed interpretive facilities. This outdoor setting includes the seasonal splendors of nature, with blossoming trees and flowers in the spring, a green canopy in the summer, brilliant fall foliage, and the open view in the forest in the winter.

Travel this 43-mile passageway through Land Between the Lakes to your choice of outdoor recreation activities such as camping under the stars, hiking forest trails, exploring the universe from your planetarium seat, canoeing or kayaking picturesque bays, motorboating along splendid waterways, riding ATVs, mountain biking along lakeside clefts, horseback riding to scenic views, picnicking at a quiet pond, time-traveling to the 1850s, discovering Civil War sites, or photographing beautiful spring flowers or colorful autumn leaves.

Driving Directions

This scenic byway may be accessed from the south on Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee, and from the north on I-24, near Grand Rivers, Kentucky.

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

The Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway runs through Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, a 170,000 acre playground in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Day use facilities include the Woodlands Nature Station, 1850s Homeplace Working Farm, Golden Pond Visitor Center and Planetarium; a 700 acre Elk and Bison Prairie; camping opportunities ranging from fully developed to primitive; and Turkey Bay Off Highway Vehicle area. More information is available at www.landbetweenthelakes.us.

Length of Byway or Route

43 miles