National Parks / Natural World
Land Between The Lakes Golden Pond
Where are we going today?
The Land Between The Lakes Recreation Area is a very cool adventure in nature for the whole family! It covers a vast area with mixed terrain which is perfect for a host of family fun!
Some of the activities popular at the Land Between The Lakes is all about that nature! From hiking the many trails, to biking the trails, kids will love exploring the forests and getting right into nature.
In fact there are over 300 miles on undeveloped shoreline, as well as 500 miles of trails (there's a LOT of hiking to be done there!) and 170,000 acres of forests and open lands.
Which means - LOTS of room for fun! Horse riding is a popular activity, as well as off-highway driving, camping and fishing. There are even environmental-conservation education programs which are great for learning all about the area.
Want history? Of course Land Between The Lakes has that too! You can spend time in the 1850's living history farm, which represents a two-generation farm. There are fun interpreters in period clothing there just going about their daily chores. Livestock will be roaming at your feet - and it really introduces to the kids a time before the Civil War when life for most people was simple.
From history to space! The Golden Pond Planetarium is a place where the night sky is clear from pollution, and is a great way to experience the sky come to life!
Did we mention the elk and bison? The Elk & Bison Prairie is an amazing experience, where the family can get RIGHT up close to these amazing creatures. These animals roam free over 700 acres, and visitors can travel in their car around a 3.5 mile paved loop road. There is also small game, birds and wild turkeys ready to have their picture taken too!
(If you're there in May, you might just spot some of the first bison calves!)
Land Between The Lakes is an amazing place for the whole family if you love nature, history and animals!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsPrices vary. Prairie $5 per vehicle. Homeplace $5
- ChildrenPrices vary. Prairie $5 per vehicle. Homeplace $4 (Ages 5 - 12)
- Free Under: 4 years for the homestead
When can we go?
Features vary. Year round daylight access to parklands.
All year round
What an amazing place to take kids - they will learn so much!.
The Visitor Center sells snacks and drinks. Yum Yum!.
Picnic areas provided so why not bring your own healthy snacks and lunch!.
Any Top Tips?
It's worth looking at the individual opening times and prices, as the Elk & Bison Prairie, Homeplace, and Planetarium all are different. .
Doing our bit
The park do their best to look after these incredible sites and wonderful animals, so help them out by following any rules, and cleaning up after your visit. .
Need a little extra help?
There are accessible features located in the campgrounds, visitors center and day-use facilities. The Long Creek Trail has 1/4 mile of paved flat surface..
Can I get one of those?
The Visitor Center has gift shops where you can get a range of merchandise, as well as gifts, bags, music, and maps!.
They often have events across the year so keep an eye out! .
What people are saying?
by Cherie Cleland
Posted my sunset picture of beautiful pic of sun set was so beautiful! Very nice place magical all amenities you need !thanks for sharing a great view of this of a wonder god made place ! O and people were so friendly!
by Zack McLean
Awesome, awesome place. The road that goes through the middle of the area is very scenic. There are nature centers, trails, historical sites, campgrounds, and scenic pullovers throughout the park. Many of the trails and campgrounds are located along or near the lakes. There are strict development restrictions within park boundaries so the area has an awesome unspoiled landscape.
by Alex Moore
Mostly did a drove through but its a nice park. They say there are bison but you have to go to a specific area to actually see them apparently.
by Glowstick Sasquatch
I hike the north/south trail quite often. I simply love to backcountry camp throughout the prestine 160,000 acres that surround me.
by Imane Saulnier
The lakes were formed by dams in the TN and Cumberland rivers, and the lakes still smell like muddy river water. I wanted to go swimming but I could barely stand the smell of the water from 30 feet away. There is no way I would have stepped foot in the water. Coming from an area where our lakes are surrounded by beautifuk mountains, the scenic views at LBL didn't do anything for me either.