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Turkey Bay OHV Area

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Alt Names

Land Between The Lakes OHV Area, Turkey Bay OHV Park, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Land Between The Lakes National Forest

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular recreation area offers about 100 miles of challenging trails, with scenic views and primitive camping near Kentucky Lake. There are a few single track trails, but most of the terrain consists of rocky trails with steep rutted hillclimbs and numerous mud pits. 4WD vehicles and dune buggies are common here, and a permit is required to ride or drive at this location.

A newly installed fenced in half mile trail loop called the 'Turkey Trot' is open for the little ones and has small logs and rocks. Permits can be purchased at the gate entrance or at one of three visitor centers.

The trails are open year-round but may close on short notice due to heavy rainfall or inclement weather, so check the trail hotline before heading out.

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Nearest CityCadiz, KY
Address100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211
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From: Hopkinsville, KY
1) Take US-68 west about 36 miles
2) Turn left (south) on SR-453/The Trace Road, continue about 1.5 miles
3) Turn right on FS-167, proceed toward the staging area.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Approx Size2,500 acres (4 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation350 to 600 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesLand Between The Lakes  ORV Permit Sticker
Dates Opendaily dawn to dusk
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNoriding hours sunrise to sunset
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law EnforcementYesDedicated Rangers/Officers
On-Site Office/Station
ATV/Saddle Mounted Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.


RidingYes ($20.00 per OHV)
Valid for 3 consecutive days from date of purchase.
Tent: $8.00
RV: $8.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Discount available for multiple nights.
CommentAnnual OHV Permit - $75


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NE)Trigg County Hospital (270) 522-3215
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Minit Mart Foods (270) 522-4565
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Minit Mart Foods (270) 522-4565
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Wranglers Campground (270) 924-2000
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Wranglers Campground (270) 924-2000
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Outpost Supply Center at Wranglers Campground (270) 924-2000
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteKentucky Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 MilesSugar Bay Lake Access Area


Contact InfoLand Between the Lakes
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond, KY 42211
(270) 924-2000
CommentPress 1 then 1 again for trail status.
Contact InfoGolden Pond Visitor Center
(270) 924-2233
CommentOpen daily 9am-5pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day


Turkey Bay Trail Photo

Turkey Bay OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 5/21/2012 (Thanks!)

Turkey Bay Trail Photo

Two men wearing Fox Racing Chest Protectors, Alpinestar boots and O'neal motocross jerseys standing alongside two four wheelers.

Photo Submitted 5/10/2015 (Thanks!)

Turkey Bay Trail Photo

Honda TRX parked next to a Honda FourTrax Recon with gloves and helmets.

Photo Submitted 5/10/2015 (Thanks!)

Turkey Bay Trail Photo

Green Polaris Ranger Crew UTV with winch attached to front bumper and mud tires parked alongside trail.

Photo Submitted 8/14/2015 (Thanks!)

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