Kentucky’s Land Between The Lakes includes hundreds of miles of unpaved roads and campsites. More specifically, it’s a 40-mile long peninsula that offers hiking trails, horse trails, 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, mountain biking, 400+ miles of scenic roads, and 1400 campsites, including camping within Turkey Bay OHV park. It’s a great spot for the whole family, including educational adventures such as the homestead, the planetarium, and the Elk & Bison Prairie where wildlife roams free within a 700 acre enclosure. We’d highly recommend you make yourself one of the 1.5 million people who visit the LBL every year.

What To Expect At Land Between The Lakes

  • 190 Acres wildlife refuges
  • 200 Wildlife watering holes
  • 261 Miles hiking trails
  • 106 Miles horse trails
  • 70 Miles mountain bike trails
  • 100 Miles off-road vehicle trails (Turkey Bay – suitable for road legal and off road only)
  • 444 Miles scenic roads (Mostly unpaved, a lot unmaintained too)
  • 14 Designated basic camping areas with lake access
  • 1400 Camp sites (4 developed campgrounds, 3 self-service primitive, 14 designated backcountry camping areas)

Best Trails At Land Between The Lakes


Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area offers designated OHV and primitive trails for OHV camping opportunities. The area consists of approximately 100 miles of primary, secondary, and tertiary trails for many different OHV riding experiences.


Located near the border of Kentucky and Tennessee in the Land Between the Lakes Recreation area, Tharpe Road is a primary 4.51 mile access road that connects Woodland Trace Road to the western shoreline and forest roads. The trail cuts across the forest passing by a few old cemeteries along the way. It isn’t challenging but it can be a nice way to get away from the high-speed traffic on the main roads. From start to finish, expect to take about 45 minutes to travel it in full.