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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

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238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
+1 800-525-7077
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Kids loved 1850 Homeplace

We stayed in cabin for one night, and we did the Elk and Bison Prairie(didn’t see either). Our 8 yr... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Coacheli
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Awesome Place

Every time we visit the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area we are awestruck by the beauty of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
refworm
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Kentucky
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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers 170,000-acres of outdoor activities and environmental learning between Barkley and Kentucky Lakes in western KY/TN. Enjoy hundreds of miles of bike, hike, horse, hunt, and off-highway vehicle trails. Campgrounds and picnic areas offer lake access to swim, boat, and bank fish. Get up close to owls, foxes, bobcats, and other rescued native wildlife at Woodlands Nature Station. Experience life on an 1850’s farm with period animals, crops, and hand-made tools at The Homeplace. Drive the 700 acre Elk & Bison Prairie to view native plants and wildlife. Daily shows at the Golden Pond Planetarium bring outer space to life in a 40-foot dome theater. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
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+1 800-525-7077
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stayed in cabin for one night, and we did the Elk and Bison Prairie(didn’t see either). Our 8 yr old and 5 yr old twins loved Homeplace. It was 1/4 mike walk at own pace. They got to see animals including ox which they...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Every time we visit the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area we are awestruck by the beauty of this amazing place. You can spend your days being active in the outdoors or easily spend a day just driving through the park exploring the region.

Thank refworm
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience at Land Between the Lakes with us. We hope you are able to come back and visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our day here. So much to see and do we ran out of time. The buffalo were amazing and a bit intimidating. Didn’t see any elk but we didn’t make it into the park as early as I wanted either. Highly recommend spending...More

Thank Denise R
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are able to come back and see everything you missed. The elk are much more active in the fall, towards the end of September into October is when they will start to bugle.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

LBL offers a array of Activities from MTB, Hiking ,Boating, Kayaking to Razor riding at Turkey Bay This State Park is huge we only saw a portion of it. We rode Razors at Turkey Bay off road Area it was Awesome some of the trails...More

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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Glad you enjoyed your trip to Turkey Bay OHV Area. Land Between the Lakes is a National Recreation Area that is managed by the Forest Service. I hope you are able to come and visit with us again in the future.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I love Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The lakes, the forests, the attractions like the Elk and Bison Prarie, the Homeplace 1850s Farm, Golden Pond Planetarium and the Nature Station are all awesome.

Thank Dennis S
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are glad you enjoy visiting us at Land Between the Lakes.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The LBL area is beautiful. We road the paved portion of the Central Hardwood trail. We didn't see any wildlife along the way. The Elk + Bison Prairie private car ride was a BUST! We tried 2 different times. First day, we saw 2 Elk...More

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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Sorry you did not see much wildlife. This time of year the animals in the prairie stay up in the woods where it is cool. The elk are much more active in the fall during mating season and as the temperatures begin to drop. Hopefully...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove a long way out of the way to visit this location. We regret that this place was a real let down. The bison elk was the main reason we came. Paid to go through twice at different times, have yet to see an...More

Thank Marty C
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm sorry you weren't able to see any elk. During the summer months they stay up in the woods where it is cool and often times keep their calves hidden as well. Hopefully you are able to come back in the fall when they start...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! Amazing views of the lake and lots of little places to pull off and check out the lakes on either side (Kentucky or Barkley). We were scouting camping sites and there were plenty. Watched people fishing, kayaking, and kids playing/swimming in Kentucky Lake. Tons...More

Thank Tremors C
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad you had a nice time at Land Between the Lakes. There are so many great spots to camp when you do decide to come back and stay with us.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit all LBL has to offer when you’re there boating or off-roading. We especially enjoyed the Elk and Bison Prairie, which has matured since we first visited 15+ years ago. The Visitors Center At Golden Pond does an amazing job...More

Thank Susan B
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip to Land Between the Lakes and hope you are able to come back and visit us soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to visit for the day or the week. Many great places to fish, hike, camp and do water sports. Particularly like the Bison and Elk Prairie Area where there is a nice herd of American Bison and a great herd of Elk....More

Thank Timothy A
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LandBetweentheLakes, Public Relations Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed the Elk and Bison Prairie. Hopefully you are able to come back and fish, hike and camp with us again in the future.

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Brett G
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Response from 953virginiat | Reviewed this property |
Evelyn said it well. I agree 100%.
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Response from Alan B | Reviewed this property |
400 miles and 6 hrs - take time to visit LBL - great family fun for camping, hiking, biking, horse riding and driving through the Elk and Bison range. Enjoy!
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Mary T
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We just got back and seen lots of elk and a few buffalo
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