Officials with Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area are inviting the public to come out and experience the newly constructed Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail.
Land Between The Lakes’ Trails Manager, Bill Ryan says the design of the trail is family friendly with smooth surfaces, gentle grades, and trailside rest areas.
Ryan added that the paved 3.2 miles of the eastern portion of the trail provides shoreline views of Lake Barkley as well as wildlife viewing opportunities in adjacent open areas.
Meanwhile, the 8.5 miles of the central and western portions of the trail were developed using a compacted stone surface with visitors able to explore rolling hills and ridge tops of a central hardwood forest ecosystem.
The Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail is the result of a mitigation project for the completed four-lane highway with Trails Unlimited, one of the Forest Service’s 17 Enterprise Units, helping with the design and construction of the trail.