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When the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers were impounded to create Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, an inland peninsula was formed. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy designated the peninsula Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in an effort to demonstrate how an area with limited timber, agricultural, and industrial resources could be converted into a recreation asset that would stimulate economic growth in the region. Today, LBL remains the country's only such demonstration site and is the centerpiece of the region's tourism industry. Land Between The Lakes offers all the outdoor recreation "basics," with some unique opportunities for environmental education and historic interpretation. Nestled in western Kentucky and Tennessee, LBL hosts visitors from all over the nation and from more than 30 foreign countries. With more than 170,000 acres and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, you'll discover a wide range of opportunities in LBL to create memories that will last a lifetime. LBL is maintained by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with "Friends of LBL" for the public's enjoyment and safety.

Gorgeous views in the spring and summer. The lotus blooms across the water make the lake so pretty. Watch out for snakes as I have seen some in the area. You can kayak and canoe here as well but you have to reserve your boat at the nature center register on the hill above.

Great trail! Beautiful scenery spring through fall. Lots of wildlife : Wood ducks, mallards, and even a beaver dam. Gorgeous views of the lake. Be on the lookout for snakes though. There is a gorgeous spillway waterfall at the beginning where you can walk across the water on stones. I have taken my 6 yr old several times. First time he was about 4. It's suitable for all ages.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail. Bringing a fishing pole next time!

OK hiking. Lot's of bikers but they are pretty polite and good about calling out their presence. Great for running since it is a pretty smooth surface overall. I use this trail routinely.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with nice views. When hiked back in the summer noticed seed ticks so be prepared. Well
Maintained....

Nice hike with the pup.

AllTrails map is actually parts of four different trails in the extensive Ft. Henry Trail System: Telegraph, Volunteer, Piney, and Artillery. My wife and I hiked this part of Artillery as part of a different loop, with the other leg being Devil's Backbone. There are dozens of miles of beautiful easy-to-moderate trails in this system, which stretches from Piney Campground to the South Welcome Station to the Boswell Landing Backcountry Area. Get an accurate map from landbetweenthelakes.us and plan a hiking or backpacking trip. It's well worth the time.

hiking
2 months ago

AllTrails' map only shows ONE trail, PIckett Loop, of this extensive trail system that runs from Boswell Landing Backcountry Area to Piney Campground to the South Welcome Station. There are literally dozens of miles of beautiful, wide, easy-to-moderate trails here. Get the actual map from landbetweenthelakes.us and plan a hiking or backpacking trip. It's well worth the time.

Made the trek from the south welcome center to the north on 23/24 November. Beautiful area of land, nice rolling hills and plenty of wildlife. Pack heavy on water, never could find the water points.

Absolutely loved this trail!!! The scenery was awesome and we even saw a deer! Can’t wait to do it again.

Just did a section of it with our scouts. Nice trail, but loose rocks and abundant large acorns can make footing a little tricky in some places. Note, if traveling north from the South Welcome Station (mark N), water can be tough to find along the trail until Prospector's Spring, just north of mark K, about 14.5 miles from the welcome station. We had no joy at Brier Rose Branch (south of mark M) or the fire tower near Iron Mountain shelter. Also, not a loop as it says above.

4 months ago

It's a pleasant trail but badly in need of maintenance - although the "closed" boardwalk section was easily passable. I would agree with other reviewers that this is an easy trail, not moderate.

Beautiful trail, will definitely revisit this one.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail. Was great to be close to the lake.
I'd do it again!

I look forward to mountain biking it which may be the way to best way to experience this trail. The nearby shooting range changes everything while hiking .

hiking
5 months ago

Would be more enjoyable if mountain biking, ok hiking trail through woods.

backpacking
5 months ago

started in the middle and headed north. nice trail.

backpacking
6 months ago

My son and I did a 16 mile overnight hike there this week end. There were plenty of springs and wild life and we only saw two other people the whole trip. This is a great trail system because you hike for a few hours or a few days by utilizing the different trails to make different routes.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail has a lot to offer beautiful flowers spider lilys and the lotus on lake is in full bloom now. Lakes gives welcome breeze when walking over dam. Easy long stroll about 2 hours to finish, only person on trail was naturalist talking of cottonmouth he saw that got my heart rate up close to area I was standing. Fun trail!!

mountain biking
6 months ago

First time riding this trail. I plan too go back again.

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