Hiking in the Kentucky Lake Area

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Hiking in the Kentucky Lakes Area

The Kentucky Lakes Area offers dozens of miles of hiking trails for anyone to enjoy. The majority of these trails are located in the Land Between The Lakes. In LBL, you'll find paved trails, dirt trails, easy trails, and strenuous trails. Here is a list and description of trails in LBL:

Central Hardwoods Scenic TrailCentral Hardwoods Scenic Trail
This new trail runs roughly parallel of US 68 / KY 80 in LBL.  3.2 miles of the eastern portion from Lake Barkley to near the former site of Golden Pond has been paved.  The other 5.3 miles is gravel and runs from the former site of Golden Pond to near Kentucky Lake at Fenton.  There are several access points and features 12 bridges along the trail.  Eventually plans are to connect this trail with the bike/walk paths across the new Kentucky & Barkley Lakes bridges, which are currently under construction.

Honker Trail
Located near The Nature Station in the heart of the Environmental Education Area, this trail 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
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Hematite Lake Trail
Located near The Nature Station, this easy walk around Hematite Lake offers a chance to see migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. Bring a picnic to enjoy at one of our picnic tables at the trail head.
Length: 2.2 miles
Rating: Easy to Moderate
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Woodland Walk
An easy, wooded trail winding through the forests and along the shoreline of Honker Lake. Enjoy a picnic at the trail head's picnic shelter!
Length: 1.0 mile
Rating: Easy
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Center Furnace Trail
Embarking from the ruins of the Center Iron Furnace near The Nature Station, this easy walk is 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
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Long Creek National Recreation Trail
Located near The Nature Station, this paved trail is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
Length: 0.2 mile paved
Rating: Easy
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North South Trail
Take the grand tour! This trail spans the entire length of LBL and ranges from rugged, hilly terrain in the north to more smooth hiking in the south. Portions are accessible from The Trace for those wishing to hike a section of the trail.
Length: 65 miles
Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
Elevation change: 200 feet
North Trail Map - South Trail Map - Location - Add North South Trail to Planner

Fort Henry National Recreation Trail
Located in the south end of LBL, Fort Henry is a system of 10 connecting trails totaling 26 miles. The trail follows closely the route of General Grant's troop movements from Fort Henry to Fort Donelson during the Civil War.
Length: 26 miles
Rating: Moderate
Elevation change: 100 feet
Trail Map - Location - Add Fort Henry Trail to Planner

Canal Loop Trail
In the north end, this series of connecting trails provides walks ranging from 1.5 miles to 14 miles. One of our most popular trails, because it offers spectacular lake views and the opportunity for short walks.
Length: 14 miles
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Elevation change: 80 feet
Trail Map - Location - Add Canal Loop Trail to Planner

Other Lakes Area Trails
� Grand Rivers Hiking Trail - Grand Rivers - Location
� Claks River Wildlife Refuge Trails - Benton - Location
� Grand Rivers Trail - Grand Rivers - Location
� Murray-Calloway County Park Trails - Murray - Location

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Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between The Lakes offer a unique vacation experience for everyone! Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley collectively is the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Here you can enjoy fishing, boating, hunting, eating at great restaurants, and experiencing the numerous attractions of the Land Between The Lakes. The region is located just eight hours from Chicago, three hours from St. Louis and six hours west of the Smoky Mountains.