Hematite Lake Trail at Land Between the Lakes

Hematite Lake Trail at Land Between the Lakes

Hematite Lake Trail at Land Between the Lakes

Hematite Lake Trail Steps
Hematite Lake Trail Steps Over the Dam

Living close to the Land Between the Lakes we like to head out and hike the trails and take in some fishing at Kentucky Lake. I had heard that after several years in the works that they finished the rehab on the trail around Hematite Lake. My youngest son and I went out and decide to give it a try.

When we arrived you could tell it is already becoming a popular site for hikers and visitors. The parking lot was full and people coming and going. The trail is an easy hike and is a short 2.25 mile hike. The weather that day was good for mid February so a lot of people were out trying to take advantage of the weather.

Hematite Lake Trail Bench
Hematite Lake Trail Bench

My son and I headed straight ahead and found some spots that would be good to launch a kayak from if you had some. If we would have had time we probably would have fished for a little bit but that day we were trying to get our hike in and back to the house before dark.

Hematite Lake Trail Boardwalk
Hematite Lake Trail New Boardwalk

The trail has a few moderate inclines but for the most part it is flat terrain. The path is well done and easy to traverse. The redone boardwalks on the back side of the lake look beautiful and provide some outstanding picture opportunities. We didn’t see a lot of wildlife but since the trees were bare there was lots of great views of Hematite Lake.

Hematite Lake Trail Views from board walk.
Hematite Lake Trail Views From Boardwalk

There had been a lot of rain in the area over the past month so I was expecting the trail to have some muddy spots but for the most part the trail was dry. There are a few parts that look like they could use a small bridge to gap the water runoffs. Some other trail goers had thrown down rocks or large sticks to get across these areas. You could also see some big trees uprooted and leftover cut up trees that are part of the rehab of the trail.

Hematite Lake Trail Downed Trees
Hematite Lake Trail Downed Trees

It took us about an hour and a half to hike the trail and we stopped a few times to take water breaks and enjoy the lake views and take pictures. This is a great area to enjoy a picnic with the family and take the hike and maybe do some fishing. Hematite Lake is just down the road from the Nature Station where you can view some animal exhibits and find out more about the Land Between the Lakes area.

The dam and spillway for Hematite Lake Trail.
Hematite Lake Trail – Dam

I love going on hikes like this with my son and get some just father son time. Being outdoors and getting in the fresh air and exercise really makes us feel more energized. I hope we get some more opportunities to hike the Hematite Lake Trail this summer when we can do some fishing and maybe take some kayaks out on the lake. I hope they keep up the improvements as this is a great area and an asset to the Land Between the Lakes recreation spots.

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That place looks like it would be so much fun to explore. I would love to get some exercise in a pretty place like this! Thanks for sharing. I love learning about places I’ve never visited before.

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