Attractions & Activities to Enjoy While Living at Kentucky Lake

With our beautiful lakes, forests, recreational areas, and attractions, the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley region is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers considering a move here.

Spanning the Kentucky-Tennessee border, our area offers ample opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, and visiting un

As we’ve talked about in other articles, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are two massive reservoirs that allow for excellent water recreation.   We’ve talked about how you can go fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and more on these waters.

We’ve also talked about what it means to own property along the shores of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, specifically as it relates to lake water levels.

When you’re considering a move to Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley, fishing might be at the top of your list.  But there’s a lot more to our lakes than just fishing!

Land Between The Lakes

Just west of the lakes lies Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. This protected peninsula has over 300 miles of scenic shoreline and 170,000 acres of forests and open lands to explore. Hike miles of trails past woodlands, wetlands, and prairies where you can spot deer, turkey, eagles and more.

Hematite Lake (pictured) is one of the most popular trails in our region. Ride your off-road vehicle on miles of backcountry trails.

LBL Attractions

If you need a quick retreat away from your home in the Kentucky Lake Area, you can camp at lakefront sites or backcountry areas in LBL.

Kids and families will love exploring the Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes, with educational exhibits, wildlife viewing areas, and an observatory. The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory offers fantastic space shows and stargazing opportunities. Step back in time at The Homeplace 1850s to experience what pioneer farm life was like in the 19th century.

Family Fun

For some unique attractions, stop by Patti’s 1880’s Settlement in Grand Rivers, with its shops, restaurants, and musical performances that transport you to the past. Cool off at Venture River Water Park in Eddyville, with water slides, pools, and fun for all ages.

Murray State University

The college town of Murray is home to Murray State University, which has a beautiful campus and many cafes, shops, and restaurants. Shows and concerts can be seen at the CFSB Center and Lovett Auditorium.  College sports enthusiasts will love Murray State’s NCAA Division I programs.

Small Western Kentucky Towns

The small towns surrounding the lakes like Grand Rivers, Benton, Cadiz, and Eddyville provide local character, stores, and restaurants. Farmers markets, county fairs, and festivals abound many weekends. Paducah offers more art galleries, shops, culture and is located about an hour west of Kentucky Lake.

With so much natural scenery, recreational options, and family-friendly attractions right at your fingertips, the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley region is ideal for those looking to live an active outdoor lifestyle while still enjoying some cultural activities. The lakes provide a beautiful backdrop to enjoy boating, swimming, fishing and water fun during warm months. And plenty of hiking, camping, and more opportunities await in the magnificent Land Between the Lakes area.

We are ready to answer any questions you may have about Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and Land Between The Lakes.  We’ve lived here our entire lives and are eager to welcome you as new neighbors!

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