General LBL Map
Organizations We Like
- TBRA - Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association
- CRCC - Chain Reaction Cycling Club
- USAC - USA Cycling
- KyMBA - Kentucky Mountain Bike Association
- IMBA - International Mountain Bicycling Association
Land Between the Lakes has miles of old logging roads and scenic backroads perfect for mountain biking and cycling. Two extensive mountain bike trails are suitable for various skill levels and numerous paved roads meander through LBL. Wind across rolling hillsides and alongside meadows into quiet lakefront bays. Land Between the Lakes offers some excellent and virtually undiscovered opportunities for mountain biking. Pick up a trail map at any Welcome Station and hit the road!
Canal Loop Trail
The Canal Loop Trail is a 14.2 mile trail system that includes four connector trails to offer a variety of bike rides. The trail can be accessed from either the North Welcome Station Trailhead or the Kentucky Lake Drive Trail Access. The system provides options from 1.5 miles to 14.2-miles in distance and is popular because of the less strenuous terrain and scenic lake views. The Canal Loop Trail offers impressive vistas of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, blissfully winding bikers along the shoreline--particularly the eastern section, near Nickel Branch Boat Launch, which also provides a striking view of Barkley Dam. Access via road #102 or The Trace. Kentucky Lake Drive, which branches west off The Trace near the Canal Loop Trails, carries cyclists atop a ridge overlooking the serene waters below. Old cemeteries dot the landscape along the North/South Trail, invoking reverence for former residents between the rivers.
Rating: Easy to moderate; 900-foot change in elevation. View a Map
The northern portion of the North/South Trail, a 31-mile section, is open to mountain biking and connects the North Welcome Station with the Golden Pond Visitors Center. The point-to-point trail traverses ridge tops, bottomlands, and the shores of Kentucky Lake. Visitors can us this trail in conjunction with LBL's legal roads to make a series of shorter loops. Other opportunities include connecting to the Canal Loop Trail for a total of 45 miles.
Rating: Easy to advanced; single-track, logging roads, gravel roads. -View a North Map --- View South Map
Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail
The newly constructed trail runs parallel with US68/KY80, east and west between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. This family-friendly trail was designed with smooth surfaces, gentle grades, and trailside rest areas. The paved 2.5 miles of the eastern portion of the trail provides shoreline views of Lake Barkley as well as wildlife viewing opportunities in adjacent open areas. The 8.5 miles of the central and western portions were developed using a compacted stone surface. Here visitors can explore rolling hills and ridge tops of a central hardwood forest ecosystem.
Rating: Easy to Moderate--View a Map
- 2:43 PM CDT on July 21, 2017
- 7:00 PM CDT on July 23, 2017
Tomorrow is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as today.
Friday 07/21 10%
High 97° / Low 78°
Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the upper 70s.
Saturday 07/22 10%
High 97° / Low 79°
Sunny skies. Continued hot and humid. High 97F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 07/23 20%
High 94° / Low 74°
Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.