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As you stroll past colorful patches of wildflowers, a hummingbird flits past your ear. Turtles in a nearby pond dive shyly underwater as you make your way down the path. As the sun sets, a group of coyotes howl nearby. The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, about 90 miles north of Nashville, Tenn. in Western Kentucky, is an animal lover’s paradise.
About This Destination
Nestled between the beautiful Kentucky and Barkley lakes, Land Between the Lakes offers unique opportunities for recreation and education. 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, it remains the country's only such demonstration site and is the centerpiece of the region's tourism industry.
What Should I Know?
Amenities: Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, grills, seasonal programs, hiking trails, telephone, canoe rentals
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; open Wednesday-Saturday in March and November; open daily April-October; closed Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.
Fee: $5 ages 13+, $3 ages 5-12; call for group rates available
When using any hiking trail, be sure to use bug spray to protect yourself from ticks, mosquitos and other insects.