Category Archives: Nature & Wonder

Hematite Lake

One could say Hematite Lake is a well-kept secret, but locals know it as a beautiful place to hike just about any time of the year.

Hematite Lake is located near Lake Barkley in Land Between The Lakes, about 15 minutes north of either the Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton or the Golden Pond Visitors Center.

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Big Springs Cave in Princeton

Downtown Princeton, Kentucky is home to a small park featuring a beautiful cave with spring waters coming out of the ground.  The downtown area is situated on top of the cave and the spring, known as Big Springs Cave.

Before Princeton came into existence, the first community was known as Eddy Grove.  The name came from the spring’s swirling waters, or “eddies”, which is the source of today’s Eddy Creek.

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Mantle Rock Nature Preserve

Mantle Rock is, without a doubt, one of the best-kept secrets in western Kentucky.  This natural wonder is hidden away on publicly accessible land just off Highway 133 near the community of Joy.

Located in Livingston County, 34 miles north of Grand Rivers, Mantle Rock is an incredible sight, considering most of land in this part of Kentucky is relatively flat.  But not here.  Mantle Rock is the largest freestanding arch east of the Mississippi River, spanning 188 feet in length and rising 30 feet from the ground. 

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Dunbar Cave State Park

When you consider all of today’s technology and with man exploring virtually every part of the world, it’s a surprise when something ancient is discovered for the first time.

An example of such a place exists right in our backyard.  Dunbar Cave, which is inside the Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville, Tenn., got quite a bit of attention on January 12, 2005 when researchers discovered Native American pictographs and petroglyphs inside the cave.

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Nature’s Rough Side

This prairie king snake just had a snack.

Our office is located in a wooded area with a pond. We have all types of wildlife – groundhogs, lizards, frogs, rabbits, herons – I could go on and on.

We also have snakes. We generally don’t mess with them and let them do their thing (we would act differently if we ran across a poisonous one, which we haven’t yet).

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Honker Lake in Land Between The Lakes

It’s no secret that Land Between The Lakes (LBL) is an adventurer’s playground.  Opportunities for hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, camping and exploring abound.  Honker Lake is one of the most scenic spots in LBL, offering beautiful views year around and chances to see the area’s abundant wildlife.

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Ferguson Spring in Land Between The Lakes

Ferguson Spring
The spring, located between the road and the hill.

Land Between The Lakes (LBL) has many well-kept secrets and hidden gems.  We all know about the main attractions at LBL. However, some places aren’t well-known.  One of those is Ferguson Spring, a beautiful and peaceful location that was once the former site of a farming community.

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Duncan Lake in LBL

Duncan Lake
Duncan Lake in Land Between The Lakes is beautiful in the fall

Most people understand the two lakes referenced in Land Between The Lakes (LBL) are Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.  One look at a map and it’s unmistakable.  There’s a giant piece of land in between two massive lakes. Continue reading Duncan Lake in LBL

Mint Springs in Land Between The Lakes

My family and I planned a day trip to Stewart County to check out some places including a location known as “Mint Springs” in extreme southwestern Land Between The Lakes.  My late grandfather took me there once when I was a kid.   Back then I went swimming in Lost Creek while he gathered up some water from the spring.  He called this place “Mint Springs” but I really don’t know if that is the actual name of the place or just the name he gave it.  There is a location near this area called Mint Springs Hollow but it isn’t near the spring.

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