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

The Homeplace
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
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.

Eagle Tours
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 vehicle. 

The Golden Pond Planetarium
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.

Hiking
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 Strenuous

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 Moderate

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.
Rating: Easy

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
 

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