Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail: Golden Pond to Meredith
ElevationAscent: 232' 71 m
Descent: -221' -67 m
High: 666' 203 m
Low: 586' 179 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
Current trail conditions
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“A portion of trail that spans the width of Land Between the Lakes, connecting Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.”— Joshua Hutchens
The Golden Pond Trailhead can be found behind the Visitor Center, which has a playground and picnic area. Less than 0.25 miles from the Visitor Center, a spur off the main trail leads to a tunnel that kids will enjoy.
The trail goes north along Forest Service Road 163 and then turns onto an unlabeled maintenance road before going back into the woods (reverse directions if coming from the Meredith trailhead). Pay attention to signs and the Trail Run Project mobile app during this portion as the trail is not otherwise obvious.
Other unique features of this section of the trail include a bridge that kids will enjoy playing on and a beautiful cedar grove.
The Meredith Trailhead is not visible from Highway 68/80. You must turn on a narrow, gravel drive. After driving about 50 yards, you'll arrive at a gravel parking lot.
Many people set out on this trail and run a portion of it before retracing their steps and returning to their vehicle. Whether seeking a peaceful walk in the woods, a trail run, or an intermediate bike trail, this is a great trail.
Land Manager: USFS - Land Between the Lakes National Rec Area Office
Apr 23, 2019: Public Hearing Notice 4.23.2019
Apr 16, 2019: 2019 LBL Geocache Starts Today!
Feb 28, 2019: The Heritage of Land Between the Lakes’ Daffodils