LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES
Managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority and surrounded on three sides by two huge lakes (Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley), this is an enormous, 40-mile-long peninsula which is located both in southwest Kentucky and northwest Tennessee.
Terrain is gently hilly, with elevation differences of no more than 200 feet. There are woodlands, some inland lakes and ponds, and the wildlife includes deer, bison (restricted to a 200-acre range), bobcat, and wild turkey.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are available on 200 miles of easy to moderate trails. Longest are the 60-mile North-South Trail, which extends the length of the peninsula, and the 26-mile Fort Henry National Recreation Trail, which forms a series of loops. There are also about 30 miles of horse trails. Fishing is possible, and hunting is permitted during the appropriate season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the peninsula, as are campfires, except where posted otherwise. No fees or permits are required, but backpackers are asked to check in at one of three welcome stations to leave their itinerary. A series of shelters is located along the North-South Trail. When camping elsewhere, sites should be at least 50 feet from trails.
For Further Information: Land Between the Lakes, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211; (502)924-5602.