hiking

walking

forest

birding

nature trips

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

kid friendly

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.

hiking
13 hours ago

backpacking
2 days 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
7 days ago

hiking
7 days 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
10 days ago

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

Easy loop hike for all ages, crosses a couple bridges, lots of neat flora and trees here as well. Walking between the two lakes is a very windy but peaceful experience.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Completed the Pickett Loop today just fine. Marker #24 was gone and many trees were down across the trail. Reported that to the welcome center and she said she would pass it on for clearing. If marker #24 is still missing when you go out, just stay on the main path and you'll wind your way back around to #23 and make it back to the trail head #1. Where all the trees were down was overgrown some so I don't think it's been walked much lately. You feel like you're off the path but just keep moving forward and when it cuts back away from the water and you starting going up in elevation you know you've made it through. The blue markers are still there to affirm your path. Spent a good 4 hours hiking two trails and going for a swim.

1 month ago

Great trail with scenic views and tranquility. Easy for kids too!

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

It is a beautiful trail, but I wish they would fix the part of it that is damaged so that the whole trail can be done in a loop.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail. I enjoyed the birds, deer and the pretty lake views. I did wish for some benches along the way.