There are numerous beautiful bodies of water in Kentucky, but Land Between the Lakes holds a very special place in my heart. Surrounded by two legendary lakes: Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Land Between the Lakes is a beautiful place of dazzling beaches, vibrant wildflowers, and constellation-dotted skies. It’s a magical region teeming with wildlife, where wild buffalo quite literally roam free. And all of this natural splendor can be enjoyed via the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, a 43-mile route that’s truly one of the most sublime scenic drives in Kentucky – especially during the summer!

Have you driven this little-known loop just outside Land Between the Lakes before? The Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway really is one of our favorite scenic drives in Kentucky!

If you’re not convinced to explore this byway yet, note that Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley along this route have both been repeatedly named as some of the most beautiful lakes in Kentucky. Check out some more of our reader-voted favorite lakes, including Herrington Lake, Cave Run Lake, and numerous others and start planning your next road trip to see them all!

While you’re at it, check out this waterfront cabin with picture-perfect views of Kentucky Lake to make your Bluegrass State getaway complete.

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Scenic Drives in Kentucky & Related Info

How many scenic byways are in Kentucky?

Kentucky has an incredible 37 official scenic byways (both national and state), as well as numerous scenic roads and trails that crisscross every region of the state. Some of the prettiest scenic byways in Kentucky include: 

  • Boone Creek Scenic Byway
  • Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway
  • Midway-Versailles Road (US-62)
  • Pisgah Pike Scenic Byway
  • Red River Gorge Scenic Byway
  • US 68 Scenic Byway


And there are plenty more to choose from! Kentucky is also full of numerous beautiful backroads to explore (especially in fall!), as well as memorable scenic drives that may or may not be officially-designated as byways, but are certainly officially gorgeous in our book. For instance:


...and many more!

Does Kentucky have any food trails?

If you prefer to explore the magic of the Bluegrass State through your appetite instead, Kentucky is a feast for ALL of the senses! Indulge in these delicious food trails in Kentucky to experience the state's diverse culinary talents:


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