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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

3380 Beaver Road, Union, KY
+1 859-384-3522
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A lovely gem to visit

This is a wonderful place to learn about natural history. The short walking path (1 mile) was well... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Canton, Ohio
via mobile
A unusual gem in NKY

Big Bone to the locals its a great park for a 2-3 hour pop in with the kids, or a walk in nature... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Erich R
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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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3380 Beaver Road, Union, KY
+1 859-384-3522
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to learn about natural history. The short walking path (1 mile) was well paved and and contained great information. There are longer trails but we didn’t have enough time.

Thank ester94
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Big Bone to the locals its a great park for a 2-3 hour pop in with the kids, or a walk in nature with out of town visitors. We go about once a month, no entry fee!!! Kids play grounds, BBQ pits, a woodlands walk...More

Thank Erich R
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We had so much fun here with out tweens! The new visitors center had many interesting and informative displays. Very educational and the Bison were beautiful. We got to see the salt springs and took a creek hike which the kids loved! Swinging bridge was...More

Thank Lakehideaway
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We walked the trails to the salt lick this time, and enjoyed the relaxing walk. Did not visit the bison this visit, but worth it, especially with kids. This is a good education spot to see the history of animals that lived in North America...More

Thank Dave-OH
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We stayed at the Campground inside the park this August. The staff was friendly, and the campsites were a good size. The grounds were well maintained and the Camp Hosts were very informative. There are trails that lead down to the lake, to the Bison,...More

2  Thank tabithaw282
Dean H, Manager at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

We are pleased to learn of your recent pleasant experience at Big Bone Lick! I wanted to assure you that we're well aware of the need for replacement of the interpretive panels surrounding the Ice Age diorama adjacent to the museum. It is a work...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

Attended Big Bone Lick State Park with my daughter and grandchildren. The Bison Trail was well worth going, and the kids really enjoyed seeing the Bison up close while they were grazing. We also went to the museum and gift shop and it was delightful.

1  Thank Nancy V
Reviewed 17 August 2017

After passing the sign for many years on the highway, we finally made a trip to this park. There's a small museum with informative and well-curated exhibits. They were in the process of installing a new exhibit of the Harlan Ground Sloth during our visit,...More

1  Thank lesiurefarm
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Kentucky is a beautiful state & the state parks we've been to have showcased that beauty. Big Bone Lick State Park was a sign we saw off of I 71/75 & laughed at on our way to the Smokies or Southern Kentucky. We finally decided...More

3  Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 8 July 2017

I always like to add a bit of education in our family vacations and this is the place. The Visitor Center is quite informative with displays explaining about the area. There is a walkway out behind the center going to the old salt licks with...More

1  Thank Sue C
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

FREE museum which is brief but tells the story. Great gift shop. Extremely clean bathrooms. BISON are a small herd but so wonderful to see. There are four calves currently. A short walk from museum. TRAILS aren't very long and most are paved or graveled....More

2  Thank WorldTravelLady101
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11 July 2016|
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Response from lphillips1971 | Reviewed this property |
There is a paved trail and of course the roadway around the park. Then the trail to the Bison is gravel. Not really sure if there are designated bike trails.
Judy W
16 January 2016|
Response from rwashnc |
Don't know about all the sites but the second loop has plenty of space. Bring up a site map and then use the google satellite view to pick your site. This is what I do when I am picking sites for most parks I visit.