Land Between The Lakes is an
inland peninsula formed when the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers
were impounded, creating Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.
Bordered on three sides by water, Land Between The Lakes is a
170,000-acre national recreation area in Western Kentucky and
Tennessee. The eastern shoreline of Kentucky Lake, the land
you see when you look across the lake from Moors Resort, is the
USDA Forest Services Land
Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.
LBL offers all
the outdoor recreation "basics", with some unique opportunities
for environmental education and historic interpretation.
This recreation area
consists of many attractions, trails, and facilities
Located in the southern portion of LBL, The Homeplace allows
visitors to experience life much as it was in mid-19th century
rural America. Through a blending of artifacts, historic
structures, and the re-creation of farm activities, the Homeplace
gives visitors a glimpse of the traditions and lifestyles of this
era in American history. In addition to re-creating such
daily activities as cultivating and harvesting tobacco, household
chores, working farm animals, sheep shearing in the spring, music
making on a summer's night, or bringing in the harvest in the
fall, the Homeplace also spotlights social events of the period.
Special events include: a Pickin' Party, a traditional July Fourth
celebration and the fall Harvest Celebration. The farm
contains 16 log structures, 14 of them original. Most of the
crops and livestock are historic varieties from the mid-19th
century, grown and harvested using period tools and techniques.
The Homeplace is open March 1-November 30; admission is $4.00 for
ages 13 & up, $2 for ages 5-12, and 4 & under, free.
The Nature Station, located in the woods between Honker and
Hematite Lakes, provides an up-close look at the outdoors with
live plant and animal exhibits including great horned owls,
coyotes, the exclusive red wolf, and many more. Guided hikes and
investigations are offered along trails, streams, ponds, and
lakes, as well as canoe trips and other programs that teach about
the wildlife found in LBL. The Nature Station offers special
events throughout the year, in addition to the regular calendar of
programs and demonstrations. The Nature Station is open
March 1-November 30; admission is $4.00 for ages 13 & up, $2 for
ages 5-12, and 4 & under, free.
Among the most popular events are guided bald eagle excursions.
These van and boat tours take visitors into the field to see the
migratory bald eagle population wintering in LBL each year.
Moderate walking is required and
registration is limited. Reservations and full deposits are
required. For registration information, call weekdays, 8 am-4:30
pm, 270-924-2020. $5/$7.
Elk & Bison Prairie
The Elk & Bison Prairie is another fascinating LBL facility.
Opened in June 1996, this 750-acre area is a restoration of the
native prairie habitat that thrived in Western Kentucky and upper
Middle Tennessee over 200 years ago. Native wildlife such as elk
and bison inhabit the prairie; visitors can take a self-guided
driving tour of the site along a 3.5-mile road that features three
interpretive stops. The Elk & Bison Prarie is open year-round,
dawn to dusk; admission tokens may be purchased for $5 per
The planetarium, located inside the Golden Pond Visitor
Center, features an 81-seat theater and offers state-of-the-art
planetarium shows several times daily during the LBL operating
season. It brings to life the fascinating world of outer
space and modern space exploration . At
the Planetarium and
Observatory you can explore phenomena such as white dwarves, black
holes, and life on Mars, all unveiled on the planetarium's 40-foot
dome. You can also learn to identify the many constellations on a
simulated night sky or head to the Golden Pond Observatory, where
you can observe the stars through one of the four telescopes or
spy solar flares through the Hydrogen-Alpha refractor.
The Planetarium offers
three different shows: Images of the Infinite, The Voyager
Encounters, and Kentucky Skies, each is shown at various times
daily throughout the March-December operating season. The
Planetarium is open March 1-December 21, including a special
holiday show in December. Admission is $4.00 ages 13 & up, $2.00
ages 5-12, and 4 & under, free. To receive a calendar of events
for LBL's visitor facilities or to inquire about group rates,
please call 1-800-LBL-7077.
Off Highway Vehicle Area
Turkey Bay has approximately 100 miles of OHV trails which
cover a variety of terrain, offering something for every skill
level. Flat meadows, mud bogs, rolling hills and rocky plateaus
await the adventuresome! The steep hillsides provide beautiful
vistas and challenging terrain.
Mountain Biking & Cycling
LBL has miles of old logging roads and scenic backroads perfect
for mountain biking and cycling. Wind across rolling
hillsides and alongside meadows into quiet lakefront bays.
Two extensive mountain bike trails are suitable for various skill
levels and numerous paved roads meander through LBL. Canal
Loop Trail is a 14.2 mile trail system that is popular because of
the less strenuous terrain and scenic lake views. The
North/South Trail is a 31-mile point-to-point trail that traverses
ridge tops, bottomlands and the shores of Kentucky Lake.
More than 200 miles of trails and abandoned roads meander through
LBL's backwoods, fields and alongside peaceful lakeshores. Catch a
glimpse of native wildlife and walk in the footsteps of General
Grant. Call the Moors Restaurant and have us pack a box
lunch for a picnic along the way. Here are a few samples of
the trails available:
North South Trail spans
the entire length of LBL and ranges from rugged, hilly terrain
in the north to more smooth hiking in the south.
Length: 65 miles Rating: Moderate to
Canal Loop Trail, in the
north end, is a series of connecting trails providing walks
ranging from 1.5 miles to 14 miles and offers spectacular lake
views and the opportunity for short walks.
Length: 14 miles Rating: Easy to Moderate
Honker Trail, located near
The Nature Station, winds around Honker Lake through a variety
of habitats: dense forest, meadows, and along the lakeshore. Be
sure to watch for our resident flock of Giant Canada Geese which
nest in the area and give the trail its name!
Length: 4.5 miles Rating: Moderate
Hematite Lake Trail,
located near the Nature Station, is a easy walk around Hematite
Lake offering a chance to see migratory waterfowl and other
wildlife. Length: 2.2 miles Rating: Easy to
Woodland Walk is an easy,
wooded trail winding through the forests and along the shoreline
of Honker Lake.
Length: 1.0 mile Rating: Easy
Center Furnace Trail,
embarking from the ruins of the Center Iron Furnace, is an easy
walk marked with interpretive signs, offering a glimpse of the
bustling industry that thrived in the region 150 years ago.
Length: 0.3 miles.
Long Creek National Recreation
Trail, located near the Nature Station, is a paved trail
that is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
Length: 0.2 mile paved Rating: Easy
You may contact LBL directly by calling
270-924-2000 or 1-800-LBL-7077