Benton, Kentucky

Top Spots in and near Benton

  • Grand Rivers, Kentucky

    Backpack the North - South National Scenic Trail

    59 mi / 3362 ft gain
    For 59 miles, the North-South National Scenic Trail winds up and down wooded hollows as you make your way along the length of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. A National Recreational Trail, the North-South has a great mix of coastal views of Kentucky Lake (one of the largest artif...
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  • Benton, Kentucky

    Photograph Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

    The Elk and Bison Prairie is a photographers dream within a 700 acre enclosure of native grassland habitat that was common to Kentucky over a century ago. Visitors travel within their enclosed vehicle via a 3.5 mile paved loop road.  About 50 bison and 50 elk call the area home. Entry fee is $5.0...
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  • Brookport, Illinois

    Visit the Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site

    Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is a nationally significant Native-American archaeological treasure. From about 800 AD to 1500 AD it was the ‘capital' of a chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along the Ohio River. Large flat-topped mounds were erected on which the houses and ...
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  • Eddyville, Kentucky

    Hike Hematite Lake

    4.0
    2.4 mi / 111 ft gain
    The Hematite Trail is a great loop for hikers and trail runners located in the heart of Land Between the Lakes Wilderness. Beginning your hike near the picnic grounds adjacent to the Nature Station, this hike is great year round and is good for all skill levels, including families. From awesome l...
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  • Cadiz, Kentucky

    Kayak Energy Lake

    Before going to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area I had heard numerous people explain how peaceful and beautiful the area was, and how empty the lake was dependent on the season. These rave reviews called for a road trip and a 5 day stay in August, which fittingly happened in an...
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  • Paducah, Kentucky

    Explore the Historic Paducah River Front

    4.0
    0.5 mi / 27 ft gain
    Visit Paducah's thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of the Paducah Wall to Wall Murals along the concrete floodwall in downtown.  These works of art depict Paducah's  rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals by renowned artist Robert Dafford and the Dafford Murals Team...
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  • Paducah, Kentucky

    Bike or Run the Greenway Trail

    7.6 mi / 111 ft gain
    The Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail is open to non-motorized traffic from dawn to dusk. Distance markers, shelters, and benches are located along the trail. The Greenway Trail links Perkins Creek Nature Preserve, Stuart Nelson Park, Noble Park, Schultz Park, and the Ohio River shoreline. The best ...
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  • Dover, Tennessee

    Explore the 1850's Homeplace of Land Between the Lakes

    0.75 mi / 11 ft gain
    The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum is an interactive museum of a mid-19th-century two-generation farm. It is a working farm, which means the employees and volunteers work the farm much the way it was worked back in time. The farm includes restored buildings, livestock, fie...
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  • Metropolis, Illinois

    Visit Fort Massac State Park

    5.0
    0.5 mi / 15 ft gain
    The long decorated history of Fort Massac dates back to 1757 during the French and Indian War when this French fort was constructed overlooking the Ohio River in Southernmost Illinois. The French left the fort behind at the conclusion of that war, then was rebuilt and used once more during the Re...
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  • Dover, Tennessee

    Piney Campground

    1.91 mi / 148 ft gain
    Piney Campground is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Dover, Tennessee.
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  • Smithland, Kentucky

    Hike the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve Loop

    2.3 mi / 230 ft gain
    Just as its name implies, the centerpiece of The Nature Conservancy's Mantle Rock Nature Preserve is a 30-foot natural sandstone bridge spanning 188 feet and embellished by bluffs, shelters, honeycomb formations, fluorite deposits, and a rock-lined stream. The nature preserve also contains extrao...
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  • Smithland, Kentucky

    Joy Falls (Mandy Falls)

    Joy Falls (aka "Mandy Falls") is a great cascade and shelf that falls of about 10 feet await along the roadway a few miles from Mantle Rock Nature Preserve. Glades and barrens also provide for rare wildlife and countless wildflowers in the spring and summer. Spend an hour or five minutes enjoyin...
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  • Dover, Tennessee

    Hike the Fort Donelson Battlefield Loop Trail

    3.4 mi / 465 ft gain
    On this relativity easy trail, you will travel along the hand made trenches dug by Confederate Soldiers that protected Fort Donelson and the lower Cumberland River. Then you will pass a monument for the veterans who fought a bloody battle here. Afterwards, the trail will head towards the shorelin...
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  • Belknap, Illinois

    Paddle Mermet Lake

    Mermet Lake Conservation is an old Cypress and Tupelo Swamp that has been turned into a shallow lake by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It was developed in 1949 as a waterfowl hunting destination. Each October the lake is closed and only accessible by hunters, but the Spring and Sum...
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  • Golconda, Illinois

    Ghost Dance Canyon

    0.58 mi / 39 ft gain
    When you arrive at Dixon Springs State Park, drive through the park and stop and take in the main attraction of a waterfall that is partially man made. Then drive and park at the swimming pool, walk to the front of it where the building is, and turn to the right. Follow the trail, and be mindful ...
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  • Wickliffe, Kentucky

    Explore Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

    0.4 mi / 13 ft gain
    A Native American village once occupied the site of Wickliffe Mounds, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River.  Visitors follow a self guided trail system to view the Ceremonial, Ch...
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