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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a United States 171,280 acres (69,310 ha) national recreation area in Kentucky and Tennessee between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. It was designated as a national recreation area in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and developed using funds appropriated during the Johnson administration.Our Golden Pond trip planning tool makes visiting Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and other Golden Pond attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Originally managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which constructed dams to create the two lakes in this area, the recreation area was later transferred to the administration of the United States Forest Service. In 1991, it was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. President Donald Trump's administration withdrew it from the program as of June 2017.
Land Between the Lakes NRA reviews
Definitely make this a place to visit. You won't regret it. It's absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to go back again.
Definitely make this a place to visit. You won't regret it. It's absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to go back again. more »
We went to the Land between the Lakes primarily to do the 3.5 mile drive through the Elk & Bison Prairie. It was only $5 per car but what a disappointment. We went super slow, stopping numerous...
We went to the Land between the Lakes primarily to do the 3.5 mile drive through the Elk & Bison Prairie. It was only $5 per car but what a disappointment. We went super slow, stopping numerous... more »
Didn't see any bison, but a beautiful hike and drive, planetarium show was a great place to cool off and good exhibits in the museum.
Didn't see any bison, but a beautiful hike and drive, planetarium show was a great place to cool off and good exhibits in the museum. more »
We took a 3 hour drive to Land Between the Lakes so that we could check out the campgrounds before we plan our next year's vacations.. the scenery is beautiful!! And I hope someday we make it back.. unfortunately we were unable to drive through the main campground due to trick or treating... we did check out the smaller campgrounds there, and marked off ones that would be a good fit for our camper.. not all sites are level, or have much room at all..lots of trees and cliffs.. If your planning to travel there, I would definitely encourage you to check the sites out first. Hopefully this helps others..
Pretty cool national recreation area. Tons of things to do, hiking camping fishing scenic drives etc. They have an enclosed area with bison and elk. Nice campgrounds ohv areas and scenic overlooks on the lakes. This is an area affected by the Tennessee valley authority creating dams and flooding rivers to create lakes and displacing the people that lived there.
This is such a beautiful park. There is so much to do here. Fishing, Bike trails, walking trails, 4x4 trails, boating, camping and so much more. You could spend a week here and never run out of things to do. There is a beach to swim at on both Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake. Tons of family fun. You can rent everything from cottages to jet skis. 4th of July is so amazing here as well. The entire sky all around is full of fireworks.
It is a beautiful area! We stayed at Kenlake State Park to have easy access to the Land Between the Lakes. We visited the visitor center, the Bison and Elk Prairie, and the Woodlands Nature Station on our first day. We continued to drive north out of the park, checking out Hillman Ferry campground for the future and looked back down to our park. The next day we headed south of the visitor center into Tennessee. We visited the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and did some scenic backroading.
You can explore LBL on any given day, and never see anyone…or see everyone…depending on your mood. It is hundreds of miles of land to explore, abandoned treasures, arrowheads and artifacts, peace and quiet, and wildlife! What more can you ask for!? This area is known for being pretty safe. I explore alone, because it is my time to recharge. Just become one with nature. I never feel scared. Quite the opposite, actually. I do know, if I ever needed someone’s help, I could ask, without worry for my life! That being said, always be cautious and aware of your surroundings and wildlife or people in it. Respect what is around you! Usually it will respect you back.
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