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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Address: 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
Phone Number: +1 800-525-7077
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers 170,000-acres of outdoor activities and...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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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Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Just north of the LBL's main visitor center is the self-guided motor vehicle tour of the Elk and Bison Prairie. Cars, trucks and SUVs are all allowed, however, NO MOTORCYCLES (for safety reasons). The fee to enter is $5.00 at an automated station where you can pay by cash or credit card. You enter through an electrically controlled gate and... More 

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Streetman, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I was on a motorcycle riding willy-nilly through the are and stopped in Kentucky for supper where I had a meal that came darned close to my grandmother's cooking. Little place with bench table seating and wood-fired stoves around the room where you served your own food for a very decent price. I asked where to c amp for the... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The loop trip is well worth it to see one of the finest natural areas. Land where buffalo roam, lakes with great fishing, camping areas, hiking, and just relaxing.

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Guntersville, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A lovely area to visit and explore in Tennessee and Kentucky. Drive through, stop and visit the marinas, and visit with the friendly people who work there. Lovely scenery.

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Grand Rivers, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Metropolis, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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