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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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Great hikes, no bison

We hiked around Hemitite Lake. This was a decent length staying fairly close to the shoreline. The swampy area at the far end was full of critters. The Iron Forge hike was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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New London, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the drive of Land between the Lakes, but that was it. Could not see anything from the road only trees. Stopped at the Golden Pond recreation area, people were very nice, but again limited views

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Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We hiked around Hemitite Lake. This was a decent length staying fairly close to the shoreline. The swampy area at the far end was full of critters. The Iron Forge hike was interesting. Mid day isn't the time to see bison, apparently. Interesting place, didn't have enough patience to find the cemeteries out on the various dirt roads.

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Eaton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Road construction going on so be prepared. Also be prepared to spend money is you want to see any of "the attractions" they boast. The wildlife sanctuary on the brochure looks like a farm when in reality it is a small brick building that houses some snakes and has normal wildlife out behind it, like possum, owls etc. Nice flower... More 

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Gorgeous land and lakes, but the wildlife roaming about was spectacular! We saw wild turkeys, elk, bison, foxes, deer...it was great! We also enjoyed the 1850s working farm! The old buildings and furnishings from the 1800s was so neat, we wanted to start living off grid!

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Weatherford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

we just happened onto this place. WOW!!! beautiful!! The only thing that we were a lil upset about was the visit to the Elk and Bison drive through. After spending 5$ and only seeing a couple of turkeys and a far away buttend of a bison, we were told by other campers to go at sunrise or sundown. Other than... More 

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Paducah, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a reconstruction 2 family farm and homeplace as life was in the 1850's. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing how life was on the farm. The interpreters are in period clothing going about their daily chores but are happy to answer any questions There are restored historic structures like the 2 homes, the tool barn, tobacco barn, blacksmith... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Recently was traveling for work with a few free days so I brought along a tent and bike to check out LBL. Looking online it appeared reservations were the way to go to guarantee a spot on a busy Spring Break week after Easter, so I made reservations. Work changed and I had only one night to spend at LBL.... More 

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

Dear Brian B, I have sent your comments about your experience to our Planetarium manager. Thank you for letting us know. Jan More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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LandBetweenTheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this review

Dear 76 Chevy, Thank you for letting us know about your experience and Hillman Ferry Campground. I have forwarded your experience on to our managers at the campground. From your description it appears unlicensed children are driving the golf carts which is against the rules. "Golf carts are allowed in Hillman Ferry, Piney, Energy Lake, and Cravens Bay campgrounds only... More 

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48 reviews 48 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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