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BIG BONE LICK STATE HISTORIC SITE

Region Union, Kentucky - Northern Kentucky River Region
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3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091

859-384-3522
859-384-3522
dean.henson@ky.gov
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New Museum Now Open

Big Bone Lick’s museum exhibits have been upgraded! The park, in cooperation with the Friends of Big Bone and the Cincinnati Museum Center, worked together to create and produce all new sites and exhibits for the park’s Visitor Center. Phases 1 & 2 are now complete, fundraising is currently underway for Phase 3. We encourage you to plan a visit to Big Bone Lick soon to see our exciting new displays on paleontology, Ordovician geology, ice age mammals, Native American history, the chronology of science at Big Bone, and current research being conducted at the park.

Self Guided Tour

Have a fun little adventure while visiting Big Bone Lick and follow a self-guided tour of the park’s sites. Click here to download and print questions about the park. Once you have completed your self-guided tour, you can see answers to the questions.

Camping


Spacious campground features 62 campsites with utility hookups, grills,  swimming pool and playground areas. Showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities are available at a central service building. The campground is closed November 1 - March 31. There is a campground grocery store on-site for your convenience, which is open April 1 - October 31. Pets are allowed. Campsite check-in time begins at 2pm and check-out time is 1pm. Stay at the campground and enjoy other area attractions during your visit.

Call the campground direct at 859-384-3495 or click here to make a reservation.

Discovery Trail


The cool discovery trail behind the visitor’s center gives visitors a glimpse of the drama that unfolded at the springs during Pleistocene epoch, commonly called the most recent Ice Age. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Bison


The bison is the largest of all North American land mammals. Great bison herds once roamed this area and provided food, clothing and shelter for the American Indians and pioneers. Hunted to near extinction, the last of the wild bison was seen in Kentucky around 1800. The park’s herd is an effort to reestablish these animals at Big Bone Lick.


Hours of Operation

Park Grounds
Open all year
***Park grounds close at dark daily, year-round***
Click here to view park regulations (Adobe PDF).

Museum & Visitor Center
Open daily 8:30 am - 4:00 pm from April 1 - October 31
Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, November 1 - March 31.

Gift Shop
Open daily 9:30 am - 4:00 pm from April 1 - October 31
Closed seasonally, November 1 - March 31.

Campground
Open April 1 - October 31.
Click here to view campground regulations (Adobe PDF).

Admission to the park as well as the museum & visitor center is free to all visitors year round.

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