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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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It's very well set up. The staff are friendly and the animals appear to be very well cared for. Admission is reasonable at $5/adult, $3 for children, and free for little bitty... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's very well set up. The staff are friendly and the animals appear to be very well cared for. Admission is reasonable at $5/adult, $3 for children, and free for little bitty ones. I'd love to see the indoor portion expanded. Our toddler loved seeing all of the animals including the turtles, turkeys, and bobcat. We'll definitely be back!

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Powell, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

During a recent excursion around the backroads of Kentucky, my wife and I happened upon a sign pointing us to the Elk and Bison Prairie in Golden Pond, KY.  Since we were not in an extreme hurry, we decided to give it a shot.  It is basically a large wildlife area that has both bison and elk with a nice... More 

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Southern Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an inexpensive must do activity on Critter Days. The demonstrations and exhibits were great. The animal handlers were very good with both animals and kids viewing.

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Conyers, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not see all of the things here. When I went, it was in the 90's, and I was on a schedule. I did drive the road from the TN side to the KY side. I saw the Bison on the free view area, though because of the heat, they were all laying down in the shad trying to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spend a few hours, or a few days, getting back in touch with nature. Camping; hiking; eagle watching; hunting; fishing; campfires; wild turkeys; bison; planetarium; Homeplace; boating; horses; and that's one day. This is an untouched area between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. A canal connects the 2 lakes near the Kentucky Dam. There are lots of places to eat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to spend a couple hours, you can catch two shows ($5/each) learn new things, see the gift shop. VERY comfortable seats!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice easy detour from the highway about two hours outside Nashville heading west on Interstate 24 takes you through this pretty LBL area. (Land Between Lakes) Don't hesitate to take this cutoff if you are a nature lover and prefer country and lakey to city settings. If you can, read this and check the map before you go so you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit expensive when considering a family...not for small children, no military discounts offered for military, such a shame

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LandBetweenTheLakes, Information Assistant at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this review

Hello there! Thank you for visiting Land Between The Lakes. I'm sorry to hear you were a bit disappointed. I did want to let you know that we DO offer several different discounts, including a Military Discount. This information can also be found on our Rates & Hours of Operation brochure. Land Between The Lakes does not have standard amenity... More 

Crestwood, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Land Between the Lakes is a unique strip of wilderness between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes in Western Kentucky. It has miles of hiking trails and ramps to both lakes, picnic facilities, and a prairie full of bison and elk. There is also a planetarium at the center of the "LBL" and a small museum highlighting historic events in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I always enjoy visiting this area. In June, there are plenty of activities and it's not congested. The planetarium, the Homeplace, and the wildlife sanctuary are worth seeing.

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