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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

#1 of 2 things to do in Golden Pond Features Animals
238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
+1 800-525-7077
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Elk and Bison Prairie

We almost missed this... the gate was in rough shape, and didn't want to take our $5 bill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jet N
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Tavares, Florida
Lots to do

Went here in the late morning and stayed through mid afternoon. There are tons of trails to walk or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andy P
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Paris, Illinois, United States
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
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238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We almost missed this... the gate was in rough shape, and didn't want to take our $5 bill. Fortunately, after 6 tries, it did, and boy, were we happy once we got inside. We first saw wild turkeys, and then several elk. A docent/volunteer paused...More

Thank Jet N
LandBetweentheLakes, Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting the Elk & Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes. I hope you are able to come back and visit in late September when the elk start to bugle. Happy Trails

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here in the late morning and stayed through mid afternoon. There are tons of trails to walk or mountain bike. If doing trails bring some kind of bug repellant. There are many activities to do that cost. The nature station happened to be free...More

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LandBetweentheLakes, Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Land Between the Lakes and enjoying the Woodlands Nature Station, Golden Pond Planetarium and the Elk & Bison Prairie. Be sure to come back and visit the Elk & Bison Prairie in late September when the weather cools down and the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled through the Elk & Bison Prairie, did 2 loops around. We saw lots of elk and got great shots but did not see the bison. The area is beautiful and easy to navigate through. We also went to the Laser show and was...More

Thank Lorraine B
LandBetweentheLakes, Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Land Between the Lakes and enjoying the Elk & Bison Prairie and our laser shows at the Golden Pond Planetarium. Join us in late September when the elk will start bugling. The elk and bison are also more active during the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice countryside. Drove the loop but didn't see much wildlife. It WAS 11 am and getting quite warm so elk were "hiding". Saw lots of bison wallows.More

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

Peggy, I'm glad you had a nice drive around the Elk & Bison Prairie. The elk and bison are more active during the early morning and early evening when the temperatures are a little cooler. Hopefully you are able to come back and visit again,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm so glad that land like this is protected. Drove thought the Buffalo and Elk loop, saw Buffalo and turkey, no elk. The area is beautiful, nice visitor center. Very friendly staff. Did one trail at the nature center.

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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 had a nice visit at Land Between the Lakes, and hopefully you will be able to come back and experience more. Happy Trails

Reviewed 8 May 2017

If you want to get out and explore nature or learn a little more about western Kentucky and Tennessee history then a trip to LBL is a great way to take advantage of affordable entertainment. The facilities are very nice and well-kept and I've never...More

2  Thank Jessica P
LandBetweentheLakes, Manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you Jessica I'm glad you had a nice time at Land Between the Lakes and are able to come back and visit us again soon.

Reviewed 6 May 2017

When you travel the main road that winds through Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, you are in for a treat. There are welcome and nature centers, many foot and auto trails, bison and elk and lots of raptors...More

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LandBetweentheLakes, Communications Department Resource Assistant at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Glad you had a nice visit to Land Between the Lakes we hope you are able to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 18 April 2017

We were visiting family near this park and stopped briefly at just a couple of the attractions. At the Bison and Elk prairie, we saw herds of both species out grazing. We also enjoyed some scenic overviews. The area seems to have far more to...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great trails and scenery! Clean water, beautiful weather. Plenty of good memories for the family for years to come!

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We spent three days in this area for spring break. It was our first time to the area, and we really enjoyed it. We stayed in a cottage at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. We hiked, biked, visited the Woodland Nature Station, The Homeplace 1850's...More

1  Thank mom20032007
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dstodd523
Is there a place to rent golf carts or mopeds while camping?
17 June 2017|
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Response from LandBetweentheLakes | Property representative |
We do not offer golf cart or moped rentals in Land Between the Lakes.
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dmsdixie
Where would be the best place to stay in hopes wildlife will walk up for viewing? campground or cabin? does one offer close proximity to water and wildlife very close? If so, please tell me where so I can reserve. There will be my husband and I for our anniversary but our 2 teenagers will be with us as well. We will probably bring our canoes and plan to hike some, interested in the horseback riding there, we love being up close and personal to nature after our trip to yellowstone national park
3 May 2017|
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Response from LandBetweentheLakes | Property representative |
A place near water will be your best option as far as seeing wildlife from your camper or tent. Throughout Land Between the Lakes there are many places to see wildlife. In addition to the Woodlands Trace National Scenic... More
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mbeers2017
I would like to know what kind of animals are in the park and are there any of them dangerous? Mel
26 April 2017|
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Response from LandBetweentheLakes | Property representative |
We have a lot of wildlife in Land Between the Lakes. Although all wildlife can be unpredictable our most common problem for visitors is ticks. We do have elk and bison in our prairie but they do not roam the property... More
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