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Hike from Kentucky to Tennessee along an inland peninsula.
Location: Land Between the Lakes stretches through western Kentucky and into northwest Tennessee. The northern entrance is approximately 180 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, and the southern entrance about 175 miles northeast of Memphis, Tennessee. Nearby towns in Kentucky include Paducah (800/359-4775), Murray (502/753-5171), and Cadiz. For more information, call Marshall County at 502/527-7145.
Getting There: LBL's northern entrance is accessible from I-24 about 25 miles east of Paducah, Kentucky. The southern entrance is off U.S. Hwy. 79, about 25 miles east of Paris, Tennessee. U.S. Hwy. 68 crosses both lakes and runs east and west through LBL at about the midpoint. This road intersects I-24 about 20 miles east of Lake Barkley near the town of Cadiz, Kentucky.
Seasonal Information: The average temperatures are 87 degrees F in summer; 62 in fall; 36 in winter; and 72 in spring. Severe thunderstorms often come in June and July.
Wildlife: As LBL's trail guide says, the possibility of sighting waterfowl, eagles, deer, bobcats, turkey, beaver, and songbirds is so good that each hike is practically a field biology lesson. Owls and elusive red wolves also call LBL home.
A buffalo herd roams a 200-acre range. This herd of about 50 animals is a living example of a successful wildlife conservation project.
Insects: Ticks are prevalent in LBL from mid-March through mid-October. Hikers are likely to encounter two species ~ the lone star tick and the American dog tick. Repellent is available at welcome stations. Wear long pants and treat clothing with repellent.
Plant Life: You will see hickory, oak, prairie vegetation, wildflowers, and the endangered prices potato bean.
Facilities: There are a variety of camping options, including three developed family campgrounds, a campground for horseback riders, an off-highway vehicle area, and a group campground.
Parking: Contact park office for information.
Permits: A backcountry permit is required and can be purchased at welcome stations for $10 (good for March 1-February 28 of that year).
Policies: Horses, motor vehicles, and mountain bikes are prohibited on the trail systems, except for approved organized events and on designated segments of the North/South Trail.
Hazards: During dry months, hikers may find it difficult to find natural water sources, such as springs and creeks. Hikers may store water along the route before hiking it or arrange for friends to deliver it to drop-off points.
Leave No Trace: During periods of extreme fire danger, all open fires may be prohibited. A backpacking stove is recommended.
All LNT guidelines apply.
Maps: Trail and topo maps are available from the LBL Golden Pond, Kentucky, office at the above address.
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