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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
+1 800-525-7077
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers 170,000-acres of outdoor activities and environmental learning between Barkley and Kentucky Lakes in western KY/TN. Enjoy hundreds of miles of bike, hike, horse, hunt, and off-highway vehicle trails. Campgrounds and picnic areas offer lake access to swim, boat, and bank fish. Get up close to owls, foxes, bobcats, and other rescued native wildlife at Woodlands Nature Station. Experience life on an 1850’s farm with period animals, crops, and hand-made tools at The Homeplace. Drive the 700 acre Elk & Bison Prairie to view native plants and wildlife. Daily shows at the Golden Pond Planetarium bring outer space to life in a 40-foot dome theater. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
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Grand Rivers, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This area hold so much natural beauty and local history. One of my all time favorite weekend locations for family and friends!

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Springfield, Illinois
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18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My family and I were recently visiting this region of Kentucky for the first time, and were surprised by the activities available in the LBL National Recreation Area. We enjoyed the planetarium/visitors' center, elk and bison range, and the Kentucky Dam. Worth a weekend trip to the area. Recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

.loved it so much am buying a property nearby. prizer point is on lake barkley with swimming pools, all kinds of big and little boat rentals-even ones with slides, peddle boats,peddle bikes, marina to store your boats, even a repair shop for your boat, and so much water to boat on with lake barkley and kentucky lake running way down... More

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Skagway, Alaska
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The nature center was wonderful, and so informative we spent the day! The homestead was just as much fun, and we spent most of a day learning and enjoying the animals, the buildings and the history. The planetarium is set up for children. I had hoped to learn something new. It is really just a glorified auditorium. The people at... More

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Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Kentucky Lake is found in western Kentucky. Exit I-24 near the community of Grand Rivers for the north entrance to Land Between the Lakes or off HWY 68 for south entrance. Follow signs from there to find the Elk and Bison Compound. This is a gated area allowing for an easy short drive during which you can see herds of... More

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Richmond,ky
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

There is many hiking trail which is pretty good and camp ground is in the woods, RV park has electric and water. But spider web many place is problems.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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101 reviews 101 reviews
48 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We did a beautiful hike around Hematite Lake, then visited the Nature Station, which is excellent for all ages. Lots of exhibits for kids. LBL is perfect for hiking, camping, picnicking, kayaking, swimming at certain beaches, mountain biking. No commercial services inside the park so make sure you bring in what you need.

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Harvester, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Visited to watch the buffalo and elk herds but was refused entry because we were on three wheeled vehicles--no mention of this in the propaganda for the area. We have rode through many miles of buffalo country is South Dakota on motorcycles and never saw an incident. Everything in Kentucky seems to have a hook of some sort. By the... More

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LandBetweenTheL... U, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this review

Ken, you are right. On our new web page we did not place the warning about needing to be in an enclosed vehicle. We have added it now. http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/attractions/elk-bison-prairie/ The Elk & Bison Prairie fences in our large animals with only 700-acres to roam in order to provide you with a greater chance of seeing them while traveling the 3.5... More

Manchester, Tennessee
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

No doubt that LBL is a beautiful area! However, we just returned from a 4 day camping trip at Hillman Ferry. The campground is scenic, but it is not peaceful. We camped there a year ago and had a great time. However, in the last year, something has changed and there are KIDS driving ALL over the campground in Golf... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited the planetarium and really enjoyed it and visiting the gift shop there at the visitor's center. We also drove around the Elk and Bison Prairie where we saw neither... only a few wild turkeys... maybe next time!

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