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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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Elk & Buffalo drive thru park

Well worth doing! $5 car load. We saw several elk and the entire herd of buffalo. Don't park in large group, stay back from other cars, we got blocked in with herd of Buffaloes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Fulton, Missouri, United States
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Fulton, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Well worth doing! $5 car load. We saw several elk and the entire herd of buffalo. Don't park in large group, stay back from other cars, we got blocked in with herd of Buffaloes between cars.

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This was a great surprise! Only $5 and you drive the loop as many times as you want. We only went around twice. We saw several bison, elk and turkey! The bison were great, we had to wait for them to get out of the road before we could drive through! Right up by the car! We saw both female... More 

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Liberty Township, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The shows at this planetarium were wonderful. We were just driving through to see the scenery (not that great, to be honest) and decided to stop. Glad we did. The shows are done quite frequently, so stop any time.

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Herndon, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The entire LBL recreation area is wonderful, but the absolute BEST place at the end of August or beginning of September is the Nature Station. It is a feeding stop for hundreds of ruby throated hummingbirds. There are about 20 feeders out to help the birds before they migrate. They have added a raised pergola for viewing and it is... More 

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Bethpage, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have been here several times. Each time I see something new and different. There is a large Elk Heard as well as a large Buffalo heard. There are multiple nature centers and the staff there is wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We camped at energy lake over a weekend. We loved it. There is a shallow swimming area that is rock free and perfect for kids to play in. It gets about 5 foot deep in the back and it's very gradual so it was great. There are restrooms and showers so that was nice. The small playground isn't really updated... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We especially enjoyed the fall foliage when we toured the area. The roads were paved well, and they marked well, and it made it easy to see the sites. There is a nice gift shop in the visitors center.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This area of the country is beautiful. A perfect place for a family to vacation and get I touch with the outdoors. Do some research about the area so you can plan your trip. The bridges getting to the land are being rebuilt.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited 6 different sites to back country camp at. All of them were full of empty beer cans and broken bottles. It was sad to see such a large park and not be able to hike to a campsite that didn't resemble a city dump.

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

Dear Eric Y, We are sorry about the trash campers left behind in some of our backcountry areas. We want your experience at Land Between The Lakes to be fun. We can understand your disappointment. We need your help to keep other visitors from having this same experience. Would you please let us know where you were when you found... More 

Lexington, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My family used to travel to LBL when I was a child. I have many pleasant memories. My husband and I have now been there ourselves twice. There are activities for families and couples from boating, swimming, hiking, golfing and nature watching. The planetarium and nature center are excellent for children. Visit LBL. You won't be sorry!

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