Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area

Located in west Kentucky and Tennessee, Land Between the Lakes boasts many Civil War sites.

Click on the picture below for more about why this area was strategic in the War.

LBL Re-enactors

Near Hematite Lake is the Center Furnace trail, an easy 0.3-mile walk which takes about 20 minutes to complete. It offers visitors a historical view of the community 100 years ago as well as remnants from the large iron furnace which was used prior to the Civil War.

LBL Re-enactors

For history lovers, the Fort Henry National Recreation trail is a moderate 26 miles in the southwest of LBL.  The trail is said to follow closely General Ulysses Grant's movements from Fort Henry to Fort Donelson during the Civil War.

If you're interested in re-enactments, click on the picture for a link to the Land Between the Lakes Re-Enactment.

Also, don't miss the Homeplace 1850 (soon to become Homeplace 1862). This living history farm depicts life as it was in the mid-19th century and features a self-guided walking tour.

Cannon at Fort Donelson

When visiting the Land Between the Lakes, don't miss Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Cemetery just south in Dover, TN.

Land Between the Lakes Map


    • Civil War Sniper (State Marker 881, US 68 & KY 453, LBL, Trigg Co.)
    • Drummer Boy at 7 (State Marker 994, 6 mi. S. of Golden Pond, US 68, LBL, Trigg Co.)
    • Laura Furnace (State Marker 998, 6 mi. S. of Golden Pond, US 68, LBL, Trigg Co.)
    • CSA Graves (Tennesse State Marker at the site of Fort Henry)

For more information:

    • Golden Pond Visitor's Center (270) 924-2000
    • Contact Virginia Alexander (270) 522-6110

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