Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

backpacking
27 days ago

There are dozens of awesome trails here. All Trails doesn't show all of them. Get on LBL's website and get the map. I've posted a picture on here of my map.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little trail. Pretty easy, with a fun boardwalk section.

Awesome loop.
Went with my puppy and je enjoyed it aswell.

hiking
1 month ago

Always loved this trail. Been going every summer with my kids for 10 years. One of our favorites.

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

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.

fun trail with great views of the lake.

Nice little trail. Low end half way around had damage to the boardwalk but was passable during our visit.

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
5 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.

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.

7 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.

backpacking
8 months ago

started in the middle and headed north. nice trail.

backpacking
9 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.

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months 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.

10 months 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.

One of my favorites in LBL. It crossed the creek 4 times but only 2 were wet. Goes past an old building site with a spring. The trailhead is across the road from the South Welcome Station where you can pick up trail maps.

11 months ago

Nice short trail around the lake. Have to maneuver across palets in certain areas of wash out.

Monday, May 15, 2017

This was a great trail with the family!

on North-South Trail

backpacking
Monday, April 10, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Just did this one yesteray. Honesty I don't consider the trail moderate. However, probably about half of the trail is made of wooden platforms over the water. Some of these platforms have seriously warped or fallen completely apart which requires careful maneuvering. At least right now, I wouldn't bring a dog here, especially a small one. Overall, it was fun, but a busier trail.

trail running
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Only been here once so far. The first two miles are boring and in October was riddled with spiders. The miles after are great though with lots of different scenery. I would say it's a fairly easy trail with some climb and very little technical spots.

backpacking
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.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Some overviews call this a moderate trail. It's actually quite easy. The lake itself is unspectacular although there was one section full of Lilly pads which was picturesque. The surrounding hills filled the hike with nice fall colors. The gangways need a bit of loving. You'll see what I mean if you hike it

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike. However, nowhere is it explained that the fort is submerged under Kentucky Lake. Found this important fact out at the trail head. Would have been nice to know, helpful info.

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