Elk & Bison Prairie

A drive through the Elk & Bison Prairie takes you back to a time prior to the arrival of European settlers in western Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Elk & Bison Prairie is home to a herd of around 50 American Bison and 40 to 50 Elk – animals once native to our region. The Elk & Bison Prairie is an ongoing project to restore a native, warm-season grass habitat as would have been here over 200 years ago.  It is located just north of the Golden Pond Visitor Center and Observatory along side the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway and north of the US 68/KY 80 east/west route across LBL.

South Bison Range
The South Bison Range sits alongside the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway across from The Homeplace — south of the Tennessee state line.

Visitors view bison roaming in two adjacent 100-acre pastures from the road.

Bison can be very dangerous during mating season and with their young calves. Stay back from the fence if bison are near; bulls have been known to charge the fence and escape.


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