Experience some of our amazing trails at Land Between the Lakes and get back to basics…
A backpacker at Land Between the Lakes carries all his or her camping equipment and personal belongings in a backpack on their back while walking via a hiking trail in order to camp one or more nights. Backpackers generally travel along the trail to a different location by foot each day.
Parking a vehicle and carrying supplies by hand to a campsite along a trail is not backpacking.
You may backpack and camp along Canal Loop, North/South Trail, or Fort Henry Trails in Land Between the Lakes. All backpackers must pick up a free Backpacking Permit at kiosks behind North Welcome Station, behind Golden Pond Visitor Center, or parking area across from South Welcome Station. Instructions come with these free permits.
Trails where overnight backpacking is allowed:
Water is not available on trails. There are a few seasonal springs. You must carry water and/or bring a filter to use when you find water (lake shore). Water is available at Golden Pond Visitor Center and dump stations in Land Between the Lakes.
If you plan to camp in a designated Basic Camping Facility, you must purchase a Basic Camping Permit for each person 18 and over. See Basic, Dispersed, and Self-Service Camping and Camping Fees for more information.
Designated Basic Camping Facilities Include:
- Birmingham Ferry
- Boswell Landing
- Demumbers Bay
- Ginger Bay
- Grays Landing
- Neville Bay
- Nickell Branch
- Pisgah Point
- Redd Hollow
- Smith Bay
- Sugar Bay
- Taylor Bay
- Twin Lakes