Jim and I have been to Land Between the Lakes a few times for offroading in our Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
Turkey Bay ORV Area is the Land Between The Lakes’ designated area for off-highway vehicles.
If you’re thinking of going to Turkey Bay soon, here are some of the best links, directions, maps and videos to help guide your offroad trip.
What It’s Like
In case you’re wondering, it’s a pretty tame area to ride offroad… in a Jeep.
Turkey Bay ORV Area tends to be more popular with ATVers than Jeepers.
There are 2,500 acres to explore with water that’s easily accessible, and campsites galore.
Here are some videos featuring Jeeps & other offroad vehicles having fun at the Turkey Bay ORV Area…
Jeep Jamboree at Land Between the Lakes:
Stuck in a Jeep at Turkey Bay ORV Park:
Jeep Photo Slideshow At Turkey Bay:
There Are Some Opportunities For Rock Crawling:
There Are A Few Hills To Climb:
Yes, There Are Even Some Tight Spots:
These Are Some Of The Most Challenging Places On Turkey Bay OHV Trails:
More About Turkey Bay ORV Area & Land Between The Lakes
Always check the latest trail updates first. Or call (270) 924-2000.
Here’s a great map of Turkey Bay OHV trails.
Check here for park rates and camping info at Land Between the Lakes.
A Jeeper’s review of Turkey Bay at LBL.
Lots of great maps for all parts of the Land Between The Lakes.
A collection of photos of Jeeps at Turkey Bay.
For What It’s Worth…
Jim and I actually prefer to go offroading outside of the Turkey Bay ORV park area, rather than inside it.
TIP: Any state park ranger’s office will sell you a map of the forest areas and “forest service roads”. These roads make great off-road trails for those wishing to enjoy some fairly low-key offroading. Just remember, there are few (if any) amenities in these back country parts, so make sure you’ve got a full tank, plenty of water, a cellphone, and some extra supplies — just in case.
Other places to go offroading in the Southeastern U.S.
Since we’ve been married, my husband and I have owned 5 Jeeps (3 Wranglers and 2 Grand Cherokees). And when we’re not driving our own Jeep, we’re usually renting one (a 4×4 Wrangler on vacation). We keep a Jeep Bucket List of places that we’d like to go next, and we're always crossing more states off our list of 'Places That We’ve Jeeped in the USA'. As our daily driver, we keep the soft top on our Jeep Wrangler year round (and the back window permanently rolled up) so the dogs can enjoy the ride. Yep… even in the winter! I've been sharing my best Jeep ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998. When I’m not Jeeping or writing about Jeeps, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).