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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.

Great hike!

good walking trail...hard to find the starting point ...trail was maked well and even for December the view was great ...some stairs and hills but for the most part this was a very easy trail

Really good trail...horse riding trail so quite muddy ...but not anything hard to walk around...also trail is not marked well so def GPS ...

One day they will fix the back of the trail, but great trail otherwise! I added a photo of some Hematite we found on the trail.

25 days ago

Still being repaired from storm damage but a great trail with a beautiful view.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my first trail hike in the LBL. I've taken my kids and grandkids a few times and always enjoy it very much

hiking
1 month ago

I've done this trail twice (so far). LOVE IT!!

I jogged a few miles alone today and felt very safe, stayed on the asphalt from the Sunset Inn trailhead to the bridge. Love this entire trail system and would recommend!

Great hiking

backpacking
2 months ago

made the trip in just over 3 days. Was my first longer distance trail. The North end is well marked and maintained, lots of great views. on the North end there are more bluffs but it's not terribly difficult. After you pass Golden pond heading south the trail gets rough fast. It's not very well marked and the horse traffic had it tore up fairly bad. Also watch for unmarked horse trails...I got turned on to one and got lost for a while. The shelters along the way are primitive but a welcome sight every night. Overall it was a great trail and I would definitely do it again.

Great trail, took my 3 year old a mile in with no problems. A lot of mushroom varieties as well as other plants, trees, insects and animals.

easy walk. can cover it in 2-3 days. mostly forrest trails with good overlooks of lake. very little traffic. few shelters there are primitive. Southern 1/4 of trail is usually chewed up from horse traffic. overall enjoyable.

I love this place! I've been coming here since I was kid and I'm 31 years old now I am lucky to live here near Land Between the Lakes! there used to be a little peer with a cabin that you can hang out in... it's stretched all the way to the middle of the lake but they took it down for some reason, oh well still a good place to go I highly recommend it.

hiking
4 months ago

Nicely maintained, well-marked and fairly wide Land Between the Lakes trail. Large, safe parking area. 4/5s of the hike is an enjoyable, but sort of routine, walk in the woods. A lot of spider webs, so grab a stick. I did the loop clockwise. After about 1.25 miles, you emerge onto the shorelines of Lake Barkley and Honker Lake. Nice water views. I saw several deer and beavers. The final two miles look like they could be seasonally marshy, but there are bridges over the inlets and low spots. The entire trail is dry and hard-packed in summer. A few gentle climbs with some improved steps. Nothing technical. Recorded distances vary because of marginally different routes back to the parking lot and/or nature center. Roughly 4.5-4.8 miles r/t. Worth it.

Beautiful trail!

backpacking
4 months ago

I completed the entire trail over two trips (3 days total) which was slightly ambitious of me. The southern third was quick and easy hiking as it was mostly flat. The northern half was more hilly but not terribly difficult. There are not a lot of good places to camp unless it’s an area where you cross a campground that is road accessible. Unfortunately, the trail is not kept up in a lot of areas. There are a few questionable bridges and quite a bit of bush-wacking that occurred. I thankfully had this app or there were a few places I am sure I would have gotten lost. I also wish there were more views. If it had been more “wet” I feel like there would have been more stream crossings instead of dry creek-beds. There are no hill-too views either, but some decent lake views in the northern section.

I have been riding this trail for over 20 years. It is a fast trail with some good jumps and bigger hills to the south and quick rolling hills to the north. We love it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, well maintained great for a day hike

trail running
4 months ago

Ran this for the first time last Sun. Had no problem following the trail and enjoyed the loop greatly

nice easy trail to start hiking on.

Unfortunately the lake was very stagnant making the views “Ok”. Did love all the water lily....made it a worthwhile hike. Unfortunately couldn’t do the full loop due to the connecting path being destroyed by storms

hiking
5 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Especially liked the beaches by the lakes, great place to stop and have a snack while enjoying the views.

Had a fun hike with my son today today! Would up doing 5.3 miles... A hot day but great exercise none the less...

Had a good time with my son! Easy and fun! Got 1.5 miles into the hike and got turned around by workers rebuilding the boardwalk! Said it was too dangerous to go any further... I mentioned a sign would have been nice... they said someone tore the signs down and they needed to put more up... I was thinking maybe you could have done that on your way out but I didn’t... they were nice guys! A 2.6 mile hike turned into a 2.9 Hike and had fun...

backpacking
6 months ago

Spent 2 nights on the trail. Nothing super awesome about it but perfect for a weekend getaway. Everything was pretty well marked and navigation was easy.

hiking
6 months ago

2 July 2018. I did the Bear Creek Loop Trail with my 10 year old grandson as a warm up for a trip to Washington state for a week of hiking. The route was about seven miles. Worst hike I have ever done. Riddled with spider webs across the path, big and tiny ticks of every sort and poorly marked through portions. If you do the hike, don't be the first one on the trail and you won't have a problem with the webs. If you are the first, then plan on an encounter ever fifth step. Recommend doing the trail Counterclockwise. The trail head for the counterclockwise direction is next to some picnic benches by the parking lot. if you complete the loop you will enter a number of planted field where there are scads of tics. Long pants and spray are a must for this trail. Funny enough we had no trouble with mosquitos. Note there are numerous connecting trails along this loop and double naming of the sections, so be sure to pick up a decoding map at the South Visitor Station before you leave. you will need it along the route. Finally, Forest Service Road 230 bridge is out so you can not drive to the start of the other trail heads in the area.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for kids. It is broken into sections to allow for short or long hikes One of our favorite trails.

backpacking
7 months ago

I love this trail. Lots of mosquito. Bring repellent.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail with good waterside views. Completed in early May, a couple patches were a bit marshy with moderate mud, but the vast majority of the trail was easily accessible and dry. A fair bit of ticks were encountered so dress appropriately and be sure to check yourself afterwards.

boardwalk currently very rough. torn up by a storm. still possible not very smooth.

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