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The Trace (Through the Land Between the Lakes) + ADD NEW ROUTE


6   in Kentucky Kentucky49 Miles

By Tommy
on December 1, 2007

4.2out of 5

17 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

The Trace begins in Dover, TN on hwy. 79. From there, look for the signs for LBL (Land between the Lakes). If you follow those signs, they will direct you to take a road running to the north called "The Trace." Simply take this road north all the way up to the end in Grand Rivers, KY.

Scenery

Starting at the southern end of beautiful Land Between the Lakes, this ride offers lot's of scenery and places to stop including a bison range, 1850's settlement, lake views and more. Overall the ride offers equal parts of views of wooded stretches and open scenery vistas.

Update from "bikesand beards" on 6/13/12: The ride from Clarksville to Dover Tennessee is ok. Nothing special. Once you get onto the Trace things change. The Trace is full of things to stop and see. There is Elk and Bison Ranges, Free Roaming American Bison, Springs, Lakes, A Western Furnace and so much more. Plys the long tracks of beautiful land. And of course not to far into the Trace is the Homeplace. This is a 4 dolalr tour that takes you through an old times living working farm. This farm has houses that you can walk through, and animals that are just walking around.

Road Quality

The road through the trace is a 2 lane, blacktop with nice curves and gently rolling hills. Overall it is a great motorcycle road to ride!

Fort Donaldson Civil War Battlefield


Update from "bikesand beards" on 6/13/12: All the roads in this ride are maintained fairly well. I came across no potholes, but did see a few small grooves in the road.

Roadside Amenities

At the start of the ride, there are some decent places to eat a quick lunch but during the ride, not many restrooms but plenty of places to stop and stretch your legs. Be sure to see Fort Donaldson Civil War battlefield in Dover before or after your ride and stop along the way to see the bison and ruins of the iron ore furnace during the ride. When you arrive there, be sure to look for Patty's a great place to eat lunch or dinner before your return ride! The address is 1801 Jh Obryan Ave, Grand Rivers, KY or you can just ask anyone there and they can tell you where they are located.

Update from "bikesand beards" on 6/13/12: The Trace is full of camping...to name a few there is Piney Campground, Ginger Bay, Colson Hollow and Brandon Springs. There is a Welsome station on both ends. And there is an OHV area for all you off road riders! This route is full of historical sites, camping, animals and so much more. Enjoy the ride, ride slow. Enjoy the corners and don't miss anything. You could spend the entire day easily on this 48 miles stretch. Patti's Settlement is a great restaraunt at the end of the Trace on the right. Here there is so much to look at and eat! There is also some T-Shirt places and such...And not to far from there is the Kentucky Damn and Kenlake.

Additional Info

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Anyb0dy
on July 26, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Sport

A Nice scenic road, the best and only route through LBL that connects with all the camp grounds and attractions. I will say that this isn't a twisty road, so those seeking tight corners and steep lean angles may find it a bit tame. It is wide and flowy with good visibility and lots of sweeping corners that become much more fun at 70 MPH. However, beware of speeding because of the heavy seasonal traffic and presence of park rangers, as well as wildlife and other legitimate hazards.

I plan on bringing a dual sport next time because LBL has lots of OHV trails.

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By reddog450
on August 20, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 04

Motorcycle Make Road King

Motorcycle Type Touring

Road from Dover up to Peducha. I loved the ride while on The Trace. Seemed like I put 100 miles on in a minutes. Smooth road with few buildings and very little traffic.

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By FatBobber
on March 4, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Peaceful and very picturesque. Highly recommended on a warm, sunny day. Lots of good camping and places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

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By Mando and Bubba
on September 22, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make BMW r1200rt

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Mando and I enjoyed our time on the Trace. It was the first leg of our scenic tour that connected us with the Tennessee River Scenic Highway (Tn 13).

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By skutertrash
on August 22, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley Sportster

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Nice little stretch of road. Went through here after riding the Natchez trace north. Wish I had been able to pull over and explore more.

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By bkellyusa
on November 11, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1988

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I completely agree with the original review of this ride. The road is clean and curvy with beautiful scenery. At the top of the Trace is Mrs. Patti's Restaurant in Grand Rivers, KY which is an incredible place to stop for dinner. The specialty of the house is pork chops like you've never eaten before in life. The restaurants has won many awards including national food magazine awards. We try to make this trip from Dickson, TN as often as possible.

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By dgorman422
on July 30, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Honda Shadow Spirit

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is the first route i've ever ridden (i've only been riding for about a week now). and i loved every minute of it. very light traffic and you get to see some really nice scenery too. Though I wish I would've checked the weather first, it rained quite a bit as soon as i got started. Overall i'd say it's a nice ride.

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By rickfrl
on July 22, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

This was a great ride, with plenty of pretty scenery. There was very little traffic. The roads were in good shape. It is well worth your time to ride it if you're in the area.

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By acranger
on July 15, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great road, with several areas for stops. Watch for wildlife. Note; NO restaurants or gas.

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By Guest
on December 1, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make YAMAHA YZF-R6

Motorcycle Type Sport

excellent ride for me as a beginner very laid back.

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By Guest
on July 16, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

The Trace in Land Between The Lakes is a great road for riding, viewing wildlife, and the area attractions. There is camping available throughout the park and hotels, cabins and vacation rentals available just outside the park. This is one of our favorite day rides.

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By wbruiser2
on May 24, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make FLHX

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have rode this ride many times and love it. Very scenic, good asphalt, and has the right amount of curves and passing zones. Which leads to my only negative; it's a boring ride if you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle and horse trailers. But there are safe passing opportunities.

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By Guest
on April 24, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

this is a great ride, to add a bit of longer to it hit up HWY 24 for about 11 miles. from there youll get to Husband road. if you make a left youll head to Four Rivers HD and Show me's. if you make a right youll run into Drifters a great stop for breakfast. They both have freindly staff no matter what type of bike. A nice stop on the Trace is Grand Rivers. if you make it to Four Rivers say hi to Jerry Ivy. James

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By Guest
on November 24, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I have ridden the trace many times. While on the trace you are about half way between Kentucky and Barkley lakes. If you take some of the side roads it will lead to some old ferry locations as well as many beautiful lakeshore scenes. East will take you to Barkley lake and west will take you to Kentucky lake. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for nesting eagles as well as many other wildlife. If you exit at hwy 68/80 it is only about a 8-10 mile trip either way to the State Lodge Resort Parks. The lodges are a great place to stay with great food. You really need to make a weekend of this ride to really see it all. Great Trip!!

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By Guest
on June 3, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Rode this yesterday starting from the northern end. Good scenery, check out the eastern end along HWY 80/68 There's a great bridge and another state park; lake barkley. Otherwise, there are no amenities, I started at the northern end and filled up and had lunch at the end. Good ride.

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By Guest
on February 27, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

My wife and I took this ride and it is a great run,just be sure to gas up,this is not a great long trip but as was said when you hit the trace there are no amenities

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By Guest
on July 2, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

road the trace yesterday, and loved it!

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