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Ghost Town

The nature around Blue Heron is spectacular. We did a self guided walking tour and visited a bit... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Science Hill, Kentucky

It was interesting to see the size of the operation. Being just a shell of its former self was a... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2017
Dustin A
Lafayette, Indiana
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

I was absolutely impressed with the outdoor exhibits along a beautiful trail at Blue Heron Mining Camp. We did not take the train (so expensive) as my mom did some research and found others saying not to do so - time at the camp was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

The nature around Blue Heron is spectacular. We did a self guided walking tour and visited a bit of an entry way into a mine, and looked at some buildings that had written depicted descriptions of miners lives while working in the mine. We did...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

I and my kids want to visit Big South Fork national recreation area and we stopped by the Blue Heron Visitor Center. It was a total disappointment! When we arrived, it was a ghost town. My car was the ONLY car in the parking lot,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Geli2460
Reviewed 2 March 2018

On Wednesday (2/28), four of us decided on a day trip from Summerville (1 1/2 hours away). I had a beautiful flyer for Blue Heron visitor’s center so we decided to go. It described beautiful boardwalks and a wonderful interpretive center which is open Monday-Friday...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank blcrowder
Reviewed 14 November 2017

It was interesting to see the size of the operation. Being just a shell of its former self was a little disappointing. There was defiantly a lot walking but I enjoyed myself.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Dustin A
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Entry is free. If you take the train from Strunk, you're paying for the train and any food you purchase in tandem. This park is free if you just come here. Be ready to walk, navigate stairs and inclines. If you struggle with any of...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Q499LZbrianm
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

15 minutes enough to see this. Go to Barthell mine and only here if you have extra time. Rusty I beam frames representing old buildings Original tipple structure worth seeing

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Jim S
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We arrived by train and were greeted by Rangers. I would have been unsure where to start if we had arrived by car. The is an interpretive area, all outside except the restrooms and the giftshop. It will be hot/cold/rainy/windy, so be prepared. Most exhibits...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank MrsBray123001
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Our family of five visited Blue Heron briefly via car after missing the Big South Fork Scenic Railway train ride. The location was beautiful and the historical information was uniquely presented. The "ghost" structures provided a vague sense of the life of miners and their...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank LegoMom3
Reviewed 8 July 2017

we took kids on the train ride they so enjoyed this then at the stop got to look at and read lots of information about the community of years ago

Date of experience: October 2016
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21 July 2017|
Response from Jim S | Reviewed this property |
Basic nachos and cheese concession stand