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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

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238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
+1 800-525-7077
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Nice area. Love Moss creek. Nice place to picnic.

Went to LBL on Memorial Day weekend. Nice place to picnic at Moss Creek. It is right on water... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
elliesmamaw
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Greenville, Kentucky
Sure has changed

So, back in the 90's LBTL was run by the TVA. We enjoyed a week of doing everything there was to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ccindyk48
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Westville, Indiana
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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
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+1 800-525-7077
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went to LBL on Memorial Day weekend. Nice place to picnic at Moss Creek. It is right on water. Good place to swim and rock hunt. Just be sure and wear swim shoes. Rocks hurt feet even with flip flops.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, back in the 90's LBTL was run by the TVA. We enjoyed a week of doing everything there was to do. Camped, fished, hiked, saw the visitor center, the planetarium, the 1800 farm, the bison drive. I can't remember if the nature center was...More

1  Thank ccindyk48
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you had a nice visit to Land Between the Lakes and hope you have the opportunity to come back and visit us again.

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

We visited the Elk and Bison area, the visitor center, and Hematite lake. We did see some Elk and Bison, from a distance. We were there about 1400, in the heat of the day. The visitor center is small and kid oriented, with rescue animals,...More

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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Glad you had a nice time visiting the Elk and Bison Prairie, Woodlands Nature Station and hiking on the Hematite Trail. I would encourage you on your next visit to check out the Golden Pond Planetarium and Homeplace 1850s Working Farm.

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Reviewed April 21, 2018

We drove through the Land Between the Lakes as a scenic alternative on our way to Paducah from Tennessee. The trees were blooming, it was lovely. If you're a geocacher, there are many, many caches to hunt for. We didn't spend long, but were glad...More

1  Thank timmind
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

If you love to Geochache you should try out our heritage geocache challenge every spring. We set up 5-6 sites with tags in them, collect all the tags and get a limited edition coin. The Trace National Scenic Byway is beautiful this time of year,...More

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Reviewed April 20, 2018

Land Between the Lakes: elk and bison preserve was peaceful and seeing the elk roaming around as well as turkeys was really neat. The land is gorgeous! Also enjoyed a stroll around golden pond.

Thank Lauren M
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

We are glad you had such a nice time at the Elk and Bison Prairie. Our bison have started having babies so I hope you are able to visit again soon and see them.

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

The naturalist were extremely knowledgeable. It was exciting to see a red tailed hawk, great horned owl and an American kestrel up close not behind a fence. We also were lucky to see a Baltimore Orioles, Ruby throated hummingbird and white throated sparrow!

Thank Susan B
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

We are glad you had a nice visit to the Woodlands Nature Station and hope you are able to come and explore more of Land Between the Lakes in the future.

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

LBL is beautiful area with lots to do. Golden Pond visitor center has lots of info on history of area. Take time to do Bison prairie, only $5 per car, definitely worth the time. Kentucky lake scenic drive is also very nice if you don’t...More

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

We drove quite a ways out of our way to visit this area and it was worth it. The natural scenery is beautiful, even in February. There is an area where you can pay $5.00 to drive through and see wild buffalo and antelope. There...More

Thank GitchSup
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Glad you had such a nice visit to our Elk and Bison Prairie and the Golden Pond Visitor Center. I hope you are able to come back and visit the Planetarium, Nature Station and Homeplace on your next visit.

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Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

I don't know what sort of wolves you have up there but one night I swear I saw one stand up on two legs and start running. Couldn't sleep the rest of the trip.

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Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

We had a great visit to Golden Pond. The Planetarium shoe was about Extreme Planet Weather. The projection was really cool and the information kept my 9 and 12 year old interested. They also did a cool laser show at the end and told us...More

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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

We are glad you had such a nice trip to Land Between the Lakes and hope you are able to come back and visit us soon.

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Evelyn said it well. I agree 100%.
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Response from Alan B | Reviewed this property |
400 miles and 6 hrs - take time to visit LBL - great family fun for camping, hiking, biking, horse riding and driving through the Elk and Bison range. Enjoy!
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We just got back and seen lots of elk and a few buffalo
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