Explore The Land Between the Lakes Cadiz, Kentucky
Known as the largest inland peninsula in all of America, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (aka “LBL”) is one of the main reasons to venture to the friendliest little town in all of Kentucky, Cadiz. Whether you are aiming for a short getaway with wildlife viewing or are hoping to stay longer and explore the charming main street enjoying a myriad of antiques and other attractions, Cadiz, Kentucky has a little bit of something for everyone.
While Cadiz is a great location to visit all times of the year, there is something especially poignant about making a weekend visit or a week-long getaway during the winter months. Due to the absence of tree leaves, and the sparseness of the forest underbrush, you will enjoy even more wildlife viewing opportunities than would be possible in other times of the year. This means you can perhaps experience first-hand the majesty of the regal American Bald Eagle, a bulging bison weighing upwards of 2,000, the guttural bugling echoes of the nature preserve—including the sounds of antlers clashing— or the harems of female elk, including perhaps an impressive 700-pound elk or two. In fact, winter presents the perfect opportunity to take a winter tour via boat or van and look for the many breathtaking creatures that call the area home.
Camping is always in season and is available year-round in the Land Between the Lakes. There are many campgrounds to choose from including Energy Lake, Hurricane Creek, Turkey Bay, and the Wranglers Campground. Each campground offers unique features that set it apart from the others. For example, Turkey Bay is known as a hub for ATV riders and off-roaders. This area features hundreds of miles of trails with varying difficulty levels, and all types of vehicles are welcome.
The Wranglers Campground is yet another potential camping location in the region. This campground offers 220 well-defined sites with electrical hookups and more, and 12 cabins are also available for rent. In addition, this campground features over 100 miles of horse trails to enjoy as well as stalls, farrier and blacksmith services and an activity court. Keep in mind that horses have the right-of-way in this campground.
Even in the brisk winter months, hiking trails are popular and you can enjoy several options, including the Woodlands Nature Watch, which allows you to see the wildlife in the LBL. The Hematite Trail, a 2.2 – mile loop, is another option and is well known for its diversity of woodland wildflowers, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. The Long Creek Paved Trail is a ¼-mile paved trail that is ideal for those who prefer an easy walk to a strenuous hike.
Keep the above activities in mind when planning a visit to the LBL this winter. There are many other additional activities to try, the above are just a few of the best!
Finish your visit to the area off by stopping by our historic downtown where you can enjoy restaurants, quaint shops and stores of all kinds. Interestingly enough, many of the local eateries serve a variety of locally sourced produce and meats caught or grown on land nearby.
Some visit to get outdoors and experience the serenity of the winter wilderness. Others prefer the pleasantries of a good meal with southern cooking and discovering the specialty shops while strolling through the historic downtown. There’s no need to limit your options. You can experience the quaintness of rural life with a combination of all the above. Cadiz, Kentucky awaits your arrival.
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