Golden Pond Visitor Center – Open Daily 9am-5pm
North and South Welcome Stations – Open Daily 9am-5pm Apr.-Oct.; Wed-Sun in Mar. & Nov.
All closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
The Golden Pond Visitor Center serves as our information hub at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Visitors will find brochures, recreation maps, trail maps, state maps, clean restrooms, soda machines, a gift shop, children’s play area, pavilion, trail heads, recycling center, and more. Regional brochures describe attractions and historic sites in the area.
An exhibit room of historic photographs and interpretive messages explains the rich heritage of the land and the people who lived “between the rivers.” The exhibit also delves into the buildings of the dams on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers with the eventual forming of Land Between The Lakes.
Be sure to sit a spell to watch the 15-minute version of the 50th Anniversary Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area movie produced by USDA for us.
Visitors will also find Golden Pond which serves as a great place to relax, picnic, and teach your children how to fish.
For a small fee, visitors can see a show at the Planetarium on topics that include space exploration, planets, and the night sky. An Observatory sits out back which hosts FREE Star Parties at dusk from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check the calendar for dates and times.
North and South Welcome Stations
Our gateway welcome stations serve as a mini visitor center. You’ll find regional information, commemorative merchandise, maps, brochures, snacks, water bottles, clean restrooms, recycle center, trail heads, and soda machines
A variety of merchandise is available in our Friends of Land Between The Lakes shops at the Golden Pond Planetarium, Woodlands Nature Station, Homeplace and North and South Welcome Stations in the Land Between the Lakes.
Here visitors will find books, t-shirts, bags, gifts, guides, quilts, music, maps, snacks, drinks, handmade items, and a full selection of educational and commemorative items. The gift shops in our environmental education attractions specialize in relevant merchandise.
- The Homeplace offers period tools, crocks, iron cook ware, children’s toys, and homemade goods like quilts, musical instruments, jellies, candles, pot holders and more, in addition to a wide a selection of Civil War merchandise and books. Ask for a demonstration of the “dancing man” toy.
- Woodlands Nature Station offers nature topical items that feature native wildlife, wildflowers, nature kits, bird baths, hummingbird feeders, and books that encourage conservation for all ages.
- Golden Pond Visitor Center and Planetarium offers NASA inspired toys, books, and educational charts in addition to merchandise made by area artists including quilts and delicious fudge.
A good time for holiday gift buying occurs in November when we prepare for the close of our season. Many items will be on sale.
Your purchases help fund educational programs, volunteer activities, and information services at the Land Between the Lakes. The proceeds benefit hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Thank you!
The friendly staff at our Visitor Center and Welcome Stations will assist you in making your visit to Land Between the Lakes a fun and memorable experience for everyone in your group.