Discovery Trail

Big Bone Lick State Park

Union, Kentucky


4.5 miles, leads through grasslands, woods and wooded savannas; showcases a bog diorama, outdoor discovery area, bison herd and salt-sulphur spring.

  • Length: 4.5 mi

  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
General Description

One of only 582 National Natural Landmarks in the United States, Big Bone Lick State Park is full of geological and historical attractions. Its abundance of salt springs, late Pleistocene bone beds, and the number of ancient species that used to roam the area, are what set this State Park apart from the rest. Visitors may want to take advantage of other attractions on the park as well. A seven acre lake is open to bank fishing for a variety of species or explore the park's outdoor museum. Hiking, walking, or running the trails surrounding the lake is a great way for any visitor to increase their heart rate. With so much to do and see, the park provides a campground with 62 campsites. One attraction every visitor needs to check out, is the American Buffalo herd which lives within the park. It is an effort to re-establish these magnificent creatures at Big Bone Lick, where they roamed free for thousands of years.


Dean Henson
3380 Beaver Rd.
Union, KY 41091

Region: North Central
County: Boone
Phone: 859-384-3522
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