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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

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Address: 3380 Beaver Road, Union, KY
Phone Number: +1 859-384-3522
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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is recognized as the birthplace of...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology for it's significant role in the development of scientific thought regarding extinction and the relationship of geology and paleontology the world over. The park has been named a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The park is famous for its combination of salt springs and late Pleistocene bone beds. Ancient creatures like the mammoth, mastodon, and ground sloth prehistorically visited the mineral springs, swamps, and bogs that are now grassy plains covered with trees and shrubs.

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Good for family

We had a good time, our girls loved seeing the Bison & the lake, the trails where also very nicely taken care of and easy to walk with young children (under 6) would defiantly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
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Independence, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been coming to Big Bone Lick since I was a child and I still love it. It has always held an air of prehistoric mystique to me. There is always something different to do. You can hike up the hill on the western side of the site to find a large, beautiful lake with hiking trails encircling it... More 

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Apopka, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Perfect leg stretcher and wonderful museum. A large group of bison easily accessed via a short trail. Regret not buying a t shirt while there, guess we will have to go back. Site closes in mid October for the winter.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We stayed there as a destination park plus the convenience of visiting 2 other major attractions in the area. NOTE: If you use gps, it will tell you to turn wrong into the park, for some reason Garmin and google have the park on the opposite side of the road from the actual entry. This is a beautiful park and... More 

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Lahore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Beautiful state park with good camping grounds and all areas easily accessible. Bison herd is in an enclosed area and short walk from the museum / visitor center. Lake is beautiful and again short walk from Lake side parking. Trails are marked and well maintained

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We had a good time, our girls loved seeing the Bison & the lake, the trails where also very nicely taken care of and easy to walk with young children (under 6) would defiantly really recommend this if your looking for a day trip or a nice quite family fun day!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The bison fields are an easy walk down a gravel trail from the museum parking lot. When I visited they were resting under trees before a rain and so very peaceful. This is where Mary Draper Ingles commenced her journey in the incredible book 'Follow the River.' I am planning to return this week.

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Union, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Family friendly, camping, swimming, fishing and you can visit the bison. They have plenty of shelters and playgrounds

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1 Thank Sharon N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Nice day trip from Cincinnati. There is 1 paved trail that is wheelchair accessible (there is 1 longish hill that has a pretty steep grade, but we manged just fine with pushing a manual chair). No bison viewing area that is wheelchair accessible. But seeing the bison herd is pretty neat.

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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Took my 5 year old grandson there this past weekend. Although I only live 40 minutes away, I had never been there. They have a nice but tiny museum where they show why the park is so famous for having large amounts of mastodon and mammoth bones. There is also an outdoor display that shows how the giant mammals got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We had a nice walk out to see the bison. Was wooded and clear path that also had bench seats every so often for a rest. Once you reach the end there are more benches for viewing. Last time we went was when they had the baby and it sure was a cutie!

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