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

North/South Trail
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

Detailed Forecast

Tomorrow is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as today. Morning thunderstorms.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday 05/26 50%
High 85° / Low 70°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
A few thunderstorms possible. Lows overnight in the low 70s.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday 05/27 80%
High 83° / Low 68°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning partly cloudy late. A few storms may be severe. High 83F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday 05/28 80%
High 79° / Low 60°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by thunderstorms in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 79F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.