Elk viewing is the fastest growing tourism attraction in the nation and the impressive Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a spectacular way to view elk and bison in the wild. Drive your own vehicle for a self-guided tour of the prairie lands being restored to their natural state on a 3.5 mile paved loop that’s open dawn to dusk. With leaves gone in winter, spotting these wild animals in an area where they once roamed freely gets a bit easier. You’ll pay $5 per car at LBL’s Golden Pond visitor center or call for information about van tours. You can enter via U.S. 68 from Cadiz on the east or Aurora on the west. Call 270-924-2000 or check out www.lbl.org.
Nestled in western Kentucky and Tennessee, Land Between the Lakes offers a variety of outdoor "basics" plus many unique experiences. When the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers were impounded to create Kentucky and Barkley lakes, an inland peninsula was formed. President John F. Kennedy designated the peninsula Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area to demonstrate how recreational areas could provide economic stimulus in the region. Almost half a century later, visitors from all over the world are enjoying all the adventure that LBL has to offer. With more than 170,000 acres, hundreds of campsites spread throughout the area, 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, and hundreds of miles for all types of trail users, you're sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to "Call before you haul" to get the latest trail information.