Cut Your Own Free Live Christmas Trees Not Far From Nashville


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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is allowing people to come cut down their own free Christmas tree.

They're giving out permits to cut your own. So if cutting down your own tree on a family adventure is a memory you want, you can do it for free. Just get your permit online and you can cut down a free tree in the recreation area.

It must be cut before December 24th. The maximum height allowed is 10ft. And you're not allowed to leave more than a 4-inch stump. You can cut them down anywhere you find them, with a few exceptions (campsites, cemeteries, see more below).

Directions to Land Between The Lakes from Nashville (courtesy of LBTL website:

90 miles from Nashville.

To visit south end of Land Between The Lakes: Take I-24 West to US Hwy 79 (Exit 4) to Clarksville. Follow Highway 79, south, approximately 24 miles to Dover. Signs will direct you to Land Between The Lakes. Turn right, north, onto State Hwy 461. This road becomes Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway which is the main north/south road. Follow this road into Land Between The Lakes. The South Welcome Station will be on your right.

Alternate route: To avoid the traffic in Clarksville, take 79 south for 2 miles to Highway 374. Turn right and travel 10 miles to the end of 374 and turn right back onto Hwy 79 South.

To visit central areas of Land Between The Lakes: Take I-24 West into Kentucky to Exit 65 (Cadiz/Hopkinsville). Turn left to Cadiz. Stay on US Hwy 68/80 through Cadiz and across the Lake Barkley bridge, into Land Between The Lakes. In approximately four miles, exit onto Woodlands Trace National Scenic By way and follow the signs to the Golden Pond Visitor Center for information.

To visit north end of Land Between The Lakes: Take I-24 West into Kentucky. Take Exit 31 to Hwy 453 South towards Grand Rivers. When you cross the canal between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, you are in Land Between The Lakes. This road becomes Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway which is the main north/south road in Land Between The Lakes. The North Welcome Station is approximately 3 miles on your right after crossing the canal.

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