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Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and Land Between The Lakes has its fair share of unique, off-the-beaten path places.  You'll find them from Kentucky Dam to Interstate 40, from Eddyville to Dover and everywhere in between.  Places that do not show up as attractions... or in some cases, anywhere on a map. 

Together with our sister website Four Rivers Explorer, we are always looking for the unique, abandoned, odd, and wonderful throughout the Kentucky Lake area.  And we give you our first-hand account of those places here in Explorations.  It's perfect if you're looking to experience something different.

Cleo Griffin Home

Explored: November 27, 2018

Cleo Griffin refused to leave his home when Land Between The Lakes was created in the 1960s - and managed to stay until 1989. His home still stands in LBL today.

Cerulean Springs

Explored: April 25, 2017

We took a trip in 2017 to Cerulean Springs in Trigg County. See the photos and read about our experience in Four Rivers Explorer, published September 5, 2018.

Empire Farm

Explored:  February 25, 2017

A reader submitted photos to us of the old Empire Farm in Land Between The Lakes.  You can see the photos and read about this place on Four Rivers Explorer.

Eggners Ferry Bridge Path

Explored:  December 23, 2016

After noticing the new hike and bike trail along and across Eggners Ferry Bridge was open, we had to check it out.

Old Kuttawa

Explored:  October 15, 2016

From Four Rivers Explorer, we explore the old ruins of Kuttawa, Kentucky, only visible when Lake Barkley is at winter pool.

Ferguson Spring

Explored:  July 9, 2016

We explore a beautiful, isolated and uncommon place in Land Between The Lakes known as Ferguson Spring.  From Four Rivers Explorer.

Honker Lake

Explored:  June 30, 2016

Our sister publication Four Rivers Explorer showcases Honker Lake in Land Between The Lakes, a great place for wildlife viewing and hiking.

Kentucky Lake Flood

Explored:  January 6, 2016

Photos and videos from Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and LBL during a rare high water event.  The lakes reached 367.1', the highest level on record for a January.

Barkley Bridge Project Site

Explored:  May 5, 2015

We were given the chance to see evidence of a camp from 8,000 years ago at the Barkley Bridge construction site.

Pilot Knob Overlook

Explored:  October 10, 2014

Check out the view of Kentucky Lake from 669 feet above sea level at Pilot Knob overlook.

Patsy Cline Memorial

Explored:  October 10, 2014

The Patsy Cline Memorial marks the place where Patsy Cline and three others perished in a plane crash.

Danville Railroad Bridge

Explored:  May 22, 2002; updated January 31, 2015

An interesting sight for those frequent travelers boating in Tennessee, includes updated information from 2015.

Kentucky Dam Power House

Explored:  May 22, 2002; updated January 31, 2015

The most anomalous item you'll see on Kentucky Lake.  It's a big building in the middle of the lake, and we've updated since our first exploration.

Hotel California

Explored:  September 28, 2013

It's not a hotel, but an abandoned concrete house in northern LBL.

Mint Springs Revisited

Explored:  June 9, 2012

We discover a pleasant surprise when we revisit this spring in southern LBL.

LBL Paranormal

Explored:  October 25, 2010

Lots of ghost stories are told about LBL.  This one's pretty creepy.

Vampire Hotel

Explored:  October 2009

Vampire Hotel is not a hotel. It's an old abandoned concrete home but has a modern, infamous history.

Silo Overlook

Explored:  November 1, 2008

A once popular tourist attraction in LBL has been abandoned since the late 1990s.

Energy Lake Bridge

Explored:  October 11, 2008

It's a bridge in the middle of the lake, a remnant of the old times before Lake Barkley's creation.

Pryor Creek Bridge

Explored:  August 2, 2008

Yes, it's another bridge.  But this one is really cool and has great character!  Located in LBL.

Long Creek Trail

Explored:  May 5, 2007

This paved trail in Land Between The Lakes is located near Hematite Lake and Lake Barkley.

Devil's Pulpit

Explored:  March 3, 2007

Sounds like it's from a teaser from a horror flick:  It's Devil's Pulpit on the banks of Blood River.

Bear Spring Furnace

Explored:  November 12, 2006

The Bear Spring Furnace, about 10 miles south of Dover, Tennessee on Highway 49.

Irish Cemetery

Explored:  November 7, 2005

An inaccessible, lost cemetery near Kentucky Lake's Bass Bay in Benton County, Tennessee.

Laurel Furnace

Explored:  October 31, 2005

A nice, secluded area of Land Between The Lakes that is especially beautiful in the fall.

Homestead Hunting in LBL

Explored:  June 10, 2005

We set out in eastern LBL to look for a relative of a friend's old homestead.

Confederate Cemetery in LBL

Explored:  October 4, 2004

We discover a recently restored small confederate cemetery in southwestern Land Between The Lakes.

Backcountry Camping in LBL

Explored:  June 5, 2004

An account of one of our many backcountry camping trips in Land Between The Lakes.

Homeplace 1850s in LBL

Explored:  September 27, 2004

We take a step back in time and visit a live, living history farm in Land Between The Lakes.

Mammoth Bay on Lake Barkley

Explored:  April 4, 2004

This is a great place to explore the shore line of Lake Barkley, located in the northeastern part of LBL.

Turkey Bay OHV Area

Explored:  December 22, 2003

One of the most popular attractions in LBL is the 2500-acre Turkey Bay OHV Area.

Grand Rivers Jetty

Explored:  August 1, 2003

The Kentucky Governor joins local leaders to dedicate the Grand Rivers Jetty.

Moss Creek Day Use Area

Explored:  June 16, 2003

This is a nice spot in western LBL on the shores of Kentucky Lake.

Center Furnace in LBL

Explored:  April 12, 2003

Furnaces were a big part of the local economy in the late 1800s.  We explore one in LBL.

St. Stephen Church in LBL

Explored:  April 4, 2003

This church was completely forgotten about during the creation of LBL.  It's now restored and we explore it.

Fort Donelson

Explored:  March 8, 2003

The site of a major Civil War Battle on the banks of the Cumberland River (Lake Barkley) near Dover, Tennessee.

Great Western Furnace

Explored:  March 8, 2003

This is the most well-preserved furnace in Land Between The Lakes, located on The Trace.

Fort Heiman

Explored:  March 8, 2003

Another strategic Civil War fort located on the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake).

Nature Station

Explored:  August 15, 2002

Think of it as a small, outdoor zoo featuring animals native to western Kentucky.

Mint Springs

Explored:  April 5, 2002

An interesting sight for those frequent travelers boating in Tennessee, includes updated information from 2015.

Kentucky Dam Power House

Explored:  April 4, 2002

This is a rare glimpse of the turbines and inside of Kentucky Dam, before public restrictions were put in place.

Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.