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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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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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Great drive by

It was an impromptu visit to LBL while returning from Paducah. We entered via Grand River & drove the Scenic byway. Was expecting to see more water bodies along the way, going my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was an impromptu visit to LBL while returning from Paducah. We entered via Grand River & drove the Scenic byway. Was expecting to see more water bodies along the way, going my the Google map. But the drive thru the trees & watching a big bird flying right in front of our car was breathtaking... some parts of the... More 

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1 Thank srgl0betr0tter
Nashville
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went camping and had a blast. It was actually our first time and Land Between the Lakes was a great place to try. There was a ton of outdoor activities. The bathrooms were clean and little to no noise.

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1 Thank msellietn
Madison, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Visited the area last hunting season and decided to enter the draw hunt for 2015. I was selected but my son was not but ended up going with me as a guest, non-hunted. It rained the entire time of out stay (Friday through Sunday). The LBL area has great potential, many hardwood ridgelines and great bedding areas for whitetail deer.... More 

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1 Thank mr-inks
Nashville, Illinois
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Land between the Lakes recreation area has a something for any age. It has great hiking trails and scenic drives. I recommend driving through the bison and elk prairie. Go at dusk and you'll have a much better chance to see herds od animals.

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2 Thank Pat C
Locust Grove, Virginia
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97 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

We are visiting our son at Ft Campbell and was looking for something to do. It's about an hour drive or so. Our first stop was the visitor center. There's quite a few different things to do in this area. They do sell a fun pass that includes entry to the planetarium, 1850 homestead and the nature center. The cost... More 

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4 Thank Snowybears
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Great for everyone. Drive through at your own pace, and stop to look often.

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1 Thank Becky H
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

So much to do at LBL. We went in the fall so could not swim, but specifically went fir the elk & bison trail. We warned our twins we may not see one animal but we saw at least 50 bison (so close we had fur on our car), and at least 20 HUGE elk. My kids were so excited.... More 

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3 Thank SouthernIndianaGal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My first experience there and my first time doing some off roading. I had an awesome time in my stock Jeep Wrangler. I stuck with all the primary trails and no problem. There looks like some fun orange trails but didn't want to get stuck or anything since I was by myself and there was hardly anyone else there those... More 

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Burlington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

The planetarium is a great show, for adults and kids. Take a drive around the bison elk reserve. Seeing those great creatures is an amazing experience. They come right up to your vehicle, close enough to touch, but don't. The people working there were wonderfully helpful, not only on their facility but for all the other facilities in the area.

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Bushnell, Florida
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great place where you can do it all - swim, bike, boat.....At the Planetarium there is an exhibit regarding the development of the area into a National Recreation Area. We saw 3 shows in the Planetarium, took a 5-mile hike at the Nature Center, rode 2 bike trails, and visited the Elk and Bison Prairie (our favorite). October is a... More 

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