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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

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Address: 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
Phone Number: +1 800-525-7077
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Description: Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers 170,000-acres of...
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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The elks and bison trail is great for wildlife spotting. The nature centre is a fantastic place to see wild animals been well looked after. We walked around the lake. A lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Sad to see a badly designed projector, so dim you had to squint to make out details. The presenter acknowledged the projector was designed for a smaller planetarium. Worst that the night sky presentation was closed by the presenter with the phrase enjoy the "Created Order." People were kind, but I would hope our government dollars were more wisely applied... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

lots of kids driving golf carts at all hours, very crowded and loud. I have camped a lot and this park was not one of the best to saw the least. WAY too crowded for my liking. I won't be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

The elks and bison trail is great for wildlife spotting. The nature centre is a fantastic place to see wild animals been well looked after. We walked around the lake. A lovely place.

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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went to the buffalo and elk enclosure I would recommend going early to see animals. It doesn't take more than an hour or so to go through if you watch some animals. We then walked around Hematite Lake and visited an old iron furnace there. I liked the area there along with all the history. The trail around the... More 

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

This place has a lot of interesting things to do. My favorite was the Elk and Bison viewing road trail. For $5 you can drive out where they are roaming. We seen a large group of Bison cross the road in front of us. Also saw 3 groups of Elks pasturing. I would definitely go again.

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We stayed at Energy Lake campground in Land Between the Lakes for one week at the end of March. We took advantage of many of the activities offered at LBL. First of all, Energy Lake campground is a beautiful campground...many sites overlooking Energy Lake and many with electricity. There are flush toilets and showers. We like to camp where it... More 

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Robinson, Illinois
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Spent our day in the Land Between the Lakes. We took the motor tour of the Bison and Elk Prairie. After paying $5 to enter we viewed Elk and wild turkey right away. After meandering through the park, we finally were able to spot a herd of buffalo in a distant field. We continued south from there, crossed into Tennessee... More 

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Olney, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We came here after spending time at nearby Fort Donelson National Battlefield and was not disappointed. The highlight of the Area is the Bison and Elk Prairie. It is $5 to enter the prairie but it lets you get up close to the animals. Great for kids and adults alike.

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Cadiz, Kentucky, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place has a little for everyone. Wild animals, trails fishing hiking and camping. Great for small children with the 1850's Farm to the Nature center itself. This is fantastic for bikers and hikers trails galore.

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Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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