Land Between The Lakes’ Hematite Trail Update
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will host an Open House on Saturday, November 14, from 1 to 3pm to update interested members of the public on the progress to repair their popular Hematite Trail. Forest Service staff will be available at information tables at the Woodlands Nature Station picnic pavilion. In case of bad weather, the Open House will move inside to the Woodlands Nature Station’s theater.
“These past few years have been rough on Hematite Trail,” explained Jeff Laird, Customer Service Manager at Land Between The Lakes. “Several areas of the trail have safety issues, such as portions of the boardwalk have shifted away and trail edges have eroded into the lake. We have completed emergency repairs only. We know how important this trail is to our visitors. People enjoy the unique environmental education experiences Hematite Trail provides. We want to make the trail whole again. We have been researching various options to rehabilitate Hematite Trail. This Open House will update the public on our findings.”
The Forest Service’s goal is to develop an economical plan that maintains and rehabilitates the trail while also providing a low level of annual maintenance and protects the surrounding natural resources. They anticipate that any work on Hematite Trail may need to be carried out in phases over multiple years, due to the nature of the repairs, location along the trail, and associated costs.
Land Between The Lakes requested help from the Forest Service’s Trails Unlimited Enterprise Team, to develop ideas for Hematite Trail. Trails Unlimited has experience at Land Between The Lakes, having worked on the Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail along Highway US68/KY80 and other, smaller trail projects.
A partial list of possible repairs includes:
- Replacing approximately 1,000 feet of boardwalk and three complex bridges,
- Rerouting and improving over 300 feet of trail,
- Replacing the photo blind with a shoreline viewing blind,
- Reconstructing the overlook, and
- Adding a parking lot and a connecting trail to the overlook allowing for a more accessible entry to the natural beauty that surrounds Hematite Lake.
People are encouraged to arrive anytime between 1 and 3pm on Saturday, November 14, to talk about Hematite Trail with the Forest Service. Site photos, trail needs, rehabilitation ideas, and potential costs will be available at the information tables.
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.
For more information about Land Between The Lakes call 1-800-LBL-7077 or visit landbetweenthelakes.us
Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between The Lakes 3146 Silver Trail Rd., Golden Pond, Kentucky 42211 View Map