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Middle Loop Scenic Drive

This is a longer scenic route, about 115 miles. We're going to being our Lakes Area Middle Loop at Aurora and head west down the four-lane Kentucky 80.  About 15 miles down Kentucky 80 you will run into Murray.

At Murray, there are several attractions and shopping opportunities for you and your family to enjoy.  Murray also has more dining options than any other part of the area.  Heading south on US 641 from Murray, about eight miles down the road is the antique lover's paradise - Hazel.

At Hazel, you will find over a dozen antique malls and stores, representing over 500 dealers!  Once you've toured Hazel, continue south to Paris, TN, about 15 miles down US 641.  In Paris, be sure to visit the all the attractions including the Heritage Museum, the Eiffel Tower, and the south's most beautiful downtown district - the Paris Court Square.

Turn on US 79 North from Paris and head to beautiful Kentucky Lake and Paris Landing State Park.  Plenty of scenic vistas and attractions await you here!  Back on US 79 North, cross Kentucky Lake and head into Stewart County.

Most of the drive from the lake to Dover borders the southern end of LBL.  About 12 or so miles down the road, you will enter into Dover.  Be sure to stop at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield and take the tour! It's an experience in itself.

From Dover, continue north on US 79 to the intersection of Tennessee 120, and head north through Bumpus Mills. You can enjoy a day of fun at the Bumpus Mills Recreation Area.  Continue to head north across the TN/KY border.

The highway becomes Kentucky 139, which intersects with Kentucky 164.  Turn west on Kentucky 164 to Linton. Stop at Linton and get a couple of pictures of Lake Barkley.  From Linton, head north to US 68/KY 80 at Canton, then turn west back through LBL and to Aurora.


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Colorful Bridge
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

In the back of Hematite Lake in LBL are a series of boardwalks and bridges. In autumn, spectacular colors of foliage are scattered throughout, as seen here on this "colorful" bridge.