Take the Road Less Traveled
In addition to the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, 100-numbered roads provide easy driving and next best are 200-numbered roads…unless storm damage occurred. Our Motor Vehicle Use Map identifies all public roads for you to travel.
You will also find excellent viewing from our extensive hiking trail system in addition to our paved and gravel roads. Trails range from easy, barrier-free pathways to rugged, challenging trails. Long Creek Trail offers a paved trail for our wheel-chair bound visitors.
When to Go
Different times of the day and year will bring different results. To maximize your chances, dawn and dusk offer the most active times of the day for wildlife. March through June and late October through January offer the greatest diversity of wildlife.
What to Bring
Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars, water, and a good field guide to assist you. We have guide books for sale in our gift shops. Photography equipment, spotting scopes, canoes, and kayaks can enhance your wildlife viewing visit. Our Nature Station offers canoe and kayak rentals.
We highly recommend you use tick repellent, BEFORE hiking and other outdoor activities especially from March through November. Tick repellent is available for purchase at all our facilities and at local stores.
Best Wildflower Viewing
You’ll find a variety of wildflowers in March, April, May, and June when the sparse tree canopy allows sunlight to reach the forest floor. The Elk & Bison Prairie offers native wildflowers through the warmer months.
Wildlife Watching Information
Stop by the Woodlands Nature Station to see details about recent wildlife sightings at their observation desk. You can also report your sightings here and ask questions about what you saw in the field.
The Nature Station serves as our hub to wildlife viewing opportunities at Land Between The Lakes. The Nature Station opens daily 10am to 5pm April through October and Wednesday through Sunday in March and November.
You can follow the Nature Station on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LBLNature and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/lblnature/. New in 2015 is an app game to play and learn about nature http://agentsofnature.com/.
Take a minute to talk with one of our naturalists. He or she can help narrow your options — or expand your choices. They will also help you in identifying what wildlife you saw or answer natural history questions of the area.
Respect the Resource
Please remember to “Respect the Resource” and “Pack it in, Pack it Out.” Nothing ruins a wonderful outdoor experience like seeing other people’s trash in a beautiful setting.
Keep in mind you need to leave the metals and rocks for “conservation purposes and heritage preservation” in order for your children and grandchildren to enjoy the rich beauty of Land Between The Lakes for years to come. Thank you.