Explore the most popular camping trails in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month 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.

3 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!

6 months ago

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

Trail is littered with trash. Downed trees and washed out portions.

8 months ago

A beautiful trail, often takes you along the edges of the lakes. You have it all to yourself. Seldom used. Especially in winter. Just prepare seriously for the ticks in the warm seasons.

Great campground and easy walking trail.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

started in the middle and headed north. nice trail.

on North-South Trail

Monday, April 10, 2017

Northern section is more scenic but overall a great experience & happy we completed the entire trail.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016. Wet and chilly. Good views through the woods and some overlooking KY lake. Forgot to hang my pack at twin lakes and woke up to a skunk INSIDE it (stole my jerky). Definitely a workout, plenty of things to see.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great trail but shared it with a lot of bikes today. Good workout with some good hills. Started at the North welcome center and did the blue/yellow loop back to the Welcome Center. Did about 8 miles and loved how parts of the trail followed the lake.

Friday, July 01, 2016

best campground ever been to....absolutely perfect for all ages

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hiked it in June with 30 Boy Scouts. Heat index was 100+. Recommend hiking in early spring or late fall!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great backpacking trail but widow makers galore after several ice storms

horseback riding
Monday, May 09, 2016

love this place. They have trails that range from short, 1.5 hours, to very long, 4 or more hours. Lovely scenery. Great camping experience with horses. Very clean restrooms and showers


horseback riding
Sunday, May 24, 2015

It was raining

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This is a an excellent extended hike. It took us 6 days hiking from South Welcome to North Welcome. Some terrain is very difficult but others are very easy. The south portion is mostly in the woods and the north section takes you along the banks of Kentucky Lake. Not much to see for the most part but it's a great time in the woods.

There are five shelters that adds to the mileage. Typically each shelter is .5 to 1 mile off the main trail.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nice trails and lakes. Stumbled upon a few soybean fields ;)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Awesome place to ride. 200+ campsites.
For HORSES, and many wagon trails - old logging roads/ etc...

2 months ago

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