Friday, December 7, 2007

Bridge over Tennessee River

A little more than an hour north of Nashville you'll find one of the largest, man-made bodies of water, Land Between the Lakes. The impounding of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers formed Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. They, in turn, created the largest inland peninsula (believe it or not) in the USA. In 1963, President Kennedy named the area a National Recreation Site to show that land with limited resources could actually be an asset. LBL continues to be a natural asset to the US.

LBL has over 170,000 acres of land, over 200,000 surface acres (water), 200 miles of hiking/biking trails, 100 miles of horseback riding trails, over 950 campsites, 1300 plant species, over 240 bird and 50 mammal species, and three sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, LBL has over 90 bridges, including the one shown above.

I took this photo from the Turkey Bay vehicle area. The water on the south side of the bridge (where I'm standing) is part of the Tennessee River. The water on the north side is part of Kentucky Lake. There are a number of campgrounds and fishing docks in the area. In addition, there's also the elk and bison prairie (created to restore their natural habitat) and Golden Pond Visitor Center.



8 comments:

quintarantino said...

That seems to be a big bridge over a big river. Another very nice photo Chris.

Parece ser uma grande ponte sobre um grande rio. Outra bela fotografia, Chris.

oldmanlincoln said...

Nice photo. And excellent description. It reminded me that I was on Kentucky Lake in 1953 and got a bad sunburn. I was in the Army and we just finished training with 101st Airborne. I was exhausted, as we all were, and we went there and I fell asleep with swimming trunks on. Well, I was blistered all over including the bottoms of my feet. I was in hospital for 3 weeks and had light duty for 6 more weeks. I was almost court martialed because of that as I effectively had damaged or destroyed government property (me) and it was only the hospital doctor who saved my butt. I was in the burn unit and suffered horribly with dead skin dropping off and blood seeping everywhere. Not nice memories of Kentucky Lake.

I like the photo though.

NorthBayPhoto said...

Another beautiful bridge photo!

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Carlos Lorenzo said...

That's a nice looking bridge and interesting information. I can picture the vastness of the place thanks to your good description.

Steve Buser said...

I have very vivid memories of that area in my travels through there. Very beautiful area.

Jim said...

I love these older bridges, they remind me of when I was a child.

Me said...

Cool pic. Neat looking bridge. And that area sounds wonderful. I read a little about it recently when I was vacationing in Gatlinburg, and thought that is sounded like a place we could spend a week on, easily. Yes, great description.

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I absolutely love that bridge! It's just so old and graceful. Thank you for the description, that's a very unique place with a lovely name, Land Between the Lakes. It just sounds so nice. :)

Have a lovely weekend!