Experience Fall Color at Land Between The Lakes

fallcolorWith more than 151,000 acres of primarily hardwood forest, Land Between The Lakes is the perfect place to enjoy autumn colors. The public is encouraged to drive the public access roads or hike, bike, ride on horseback or ATVs on hundreds of miles of designated trails while enjoying the cooler days and changing seasons.

“Temperature, light, and water supply trigger the natural process that cause leaves to turn from green to the stunning display of colors seen during the fall,” says Yvonne Helton, Silviculturist at Land Between The Lakes. “These factors also influence the degree and duration of fall colors. The timing of the color changes varies by species. Blackgums and sumacs usually turn first. Tulip poplars, sweetgums, sassafras, and maples follow soon after. Oak leaves turn last, long after other species have already shed their leaves.”

Certain colors of leaves are characteristic of particular species. Blackgums, sumacs, and Virginia creepers turn bright shades of red; sassafras turns a brilliant orange; tulip poplars and hickories turn shades of yellow; oaks turn red, brown, or russet; while maples and sweetgums display the most vibrant colors including fiery reds, yellows, and oranges.

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.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

Photo credit: Photo taken at Cedar Pond, October 2014 by Denise Schmittou

Grand Rivers Hunters Moon Festival 2015

Hunters Moon ParadeFor over thirty years, the village of Grand Rivers, KY has celebrated small town community life with an old fashion fall festival.

This Famous Festival features a taste of the Lakes food vending area, craft, and flea market vendors. Along with a Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, children’s Halloween costume parade and awards, children’s games and activities, live music and dance in Little Lake Park, and the big parade. Each year, the big parade is Santa’s first visit to Western Kentucky. The festival was started by the Grand Rivers Chamber of Commerce in the 1970’s as a celebration to bring together visitors and the community.

Find the 2015 schedule of Events below. Come Join in the fun!

Thursday, October 8
Little Mister & Miss Pageant at the Community Center
6 PM Registration, 6:30 PM Pageant. Sponsored by First Kentucky Bank. $1.00 General Admission. No Registration for Contestants

Friday, October 9
Dance at the Community Center 7:00 PM Featuring Stanley Walker and his Band.

Saturday, October 10
7-10 AM Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center
1-3 PM Grand Rivers 125th Birthday Cake at the Community Center
Starting at 10 AM in Little Lake Park- Craft & Retail Vendors & Taste of the Lake Food Vendors.

Children’s Area
10 AM Games & Inflatables
10 AM Registration & Children’s Halloween Costume Parade

Main Stage
11 AM Animal Tales Show & Meet and Greet the Animals
12 PM Cake Walk
1-3PM Potter’s Clay Singers
4-6PM Night Moves Dance Group
6-9PM Dance in the Park with Stanley Walker and his Band

Chamber Silent Auction
10 AM—4 PM Beside the Chamber Office
Bid on Lodging Packages, Gift Certificates, and local merchandise

The Grand Rivers Trolley
10 AM—5 PM All Around Town Free


For more information about this event please visit us online at GrandRivers.org or call us at (270)362-0152

Run the Land Between the Lakes this October

Screenshot_1Join us this October in Grand Rivers for a whole new Run LBL half and full marathon. This run takes place Saturday, October 17th and starts promptly at 8AM.

Run LBL is brought to us by Durbin Race Management, who also manages the March Ultra Run in the Land Between the Lakes as well. Run LBL is based and born from the March run. Run LBL is just a smaller race and slightly different route.

The course starts by the incomparable shoreline of Kentucky Lake amidst the signature lighthouse and sailboats of Lighthouse Landing resort, and proceeds to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The section on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive is just that… Scenic views of the lake. From there runners use paved bike paths and small paved, and sometimes gravel (not the big clunky kind that hurts your feet) roads on their journey down to Moss Creek Campsite beside the lake. Run a little loop and you’re back on the bike path, and trace yourself back to the finish at Grand Rivers Tourism office. This completes the 13.1 half marathon.

Marathoners get to head back out for the second loop.

For more information visit Durbinracemanagement.com and Ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=32571

KWW Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival 2015

KWW Labor Day Arts & CraftsFor Labor Day weekend, the place to go is the DOWNTOWN GRAND RIVERS. Original or handmade jewelry, furniture, baskets, quilts, pottery, lace, clothing, and wooden decorative items are featured along with stained glass designs, embroidery and paintings by exhibitors from nine different states. Over 100 different artisan and craftsman booths!

One of the longest-running and largest in the area, the festival features a large turnout of vendors, approximately 100 craft booths & artisans from 7 states. The event features handcrafted items, with a few actually demonstrating their crafts. Visitors can also enjoy a wide variety of delicious carnival food & regional specialties while at the festival.

The festival runs Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday and 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Monday. $1 per walk-in or $3 per car. The event is KWW’s largest fundraiser of the year and much of their annual operating cost comes from the proceeds. 

The festival is at Little Lake Park behind Badgett Playhouse. Take I-24, Exit 31 & go south 3 miles to Grand Rivers.

For more information please contact KWW at KentuckyLakeBarkley.org or call them at (800)4481069.

2015 Trail of Tears Century Ride in Grand Rivers, KY

trailoftearsridePresented by Wood N Wave Bicycles and Watersports!

Calling all Bike riders, sign up now for the Trail of Tears Century Ride.

Event Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Distances offered: 100, 48, 32, and 16 Mile!

The Trail of Tears Century (100 mile) is an impressive road route that takes you through rural Livingston County, KY. At approximately mile 35, you will travel the original Trail of Tears route, passing Mantle Rock. Then you will ride along the Ohio River with beautiful views and a short chance to recover from the near 3000 ft. of climbing you did in the first 50 miles! Then on to more hills and a very rewarding finish back in Grand Rivers.

For those who don’t feel 100 miles is what they are looking for, rides will be offered at 48, 32, and 16 miles also. These routes are shorter, but rest assured, the 48 and 32 mile routes are no joke and will challenge you plenty! The 16 mile route is for beginners and offers an enjoyable ride through rural Livingston County. Cue sheets will be available for pickup before the ride.

Riders registered for and completing the 100 mile route will get a special gift after completion of the ride. Event T-shirts will be offered to pre-registered riders only. Make sure to list the size shirt in your registration.

This year’s proceeds go to 2 great causes; the Livingston County Cross Country Team, and Healing Projects! This organization helps orphans all across the world and is based right here in our area. You can learn more about their mission and vision at www.healingprojects.org.

Again this year, Liteside Bakery & Café will be providing all riders a FREE dinner after the ride for everyone who is registered. Extra meals are available for an additional fee.

All registered riders will receive a FREE LONG SLEEVE event shirt and a grab bag from the event. Wood N Wave Bicycles will be providing door prizes so make sure you check your bib number at the gift table!

Pre-registration will end 1 week before the event. On the day of the event, registration will be available for an additional $5 per entry. It will begin at 7:00 AM.

Find Event Registration online here.