Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union

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#16 of 61 in Nature in Kentucky
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • I booked a couple of nights here on the opening weekend. The park didn't open due to poor weather. I did not receive a refund, although I was promised one the only time I ever got to speak to... 
    I booked a couple of nights here on the opening weekend. The park didn't open due to poor weather. I did not receive a refund, although I was promised one the only time I ever got to speak to...  more »
  • If you plan on camping bring plenty of leveling blocks and water hose, very difficult to get level. The staff at check-in and visitor center was unfriendly, almost rude, 7/8/22 during 3day visit. The....  more
    If you plan on camping bring plenty of leveling blocks and water hose, very difficult to get level. The staff at check-in and visitor center was unfriendly, almost rude, 7/8/22 during 3day visit. The....  more »
  • An amazing opportunity to learn about paleontology, geology, Ice Age mammals, Native American history, and more. Also a unique opportunity to be up and close with bisons. We took the trail to the... 
    An amazing opportunity to learn about paleontology, geology, Ice Age mammals, Native American history, and more. Also a unique opportunity to be up and close with bisons. We took the trail to the...  more »
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  • Tent camping in Kentucky during an intense summer heat wave had it’s challenges, but the lovely campground made the best of a very sweaty situation! We had a lot of kids in our party and the campground pool was an absolute life saver for adults and children alike. The pool was right next to a small playground, bathrooms and laundry. All simple and small, but well kept. The campground was very family friendly with lots of kids but very quiet once it got dark. We stayed in site 19 and it was perfect. We had room for larger tent and a couple small tents tucked back near the woods under a canopy of mature trees. We had easy access to the trails and the kids enjoyed playing in the woods near our site. There were bugs as to be expected but the elevation is high enough that there are hardly any mosquitos which made sitting outside much more pleasant! The camp store has your basic things like wood and ice and some supplies, but not much. We did have to do a run to town to get a couple things that weren’t available on site. One warning: There is an absolutely lawless band of trash pandas (raccoons) that run this park at night! The are bold and relentless. Anything left out will be dragged into the woods for their enjoyment never to be seen again! Plan on putting everything in your car when you leave or cleaning up a big mess.
  • A great place for visitors of all ages! The museum is small but very informative. The loop trail to the salt spring is paved and easy accessible even for strollers or wheelchairs, mostly shaded too. Be warned, the salt spring itself smells like sulphur but that is normal. The trail to the bison (about 10 of them) is gravel and one way in and back out (uphill on your way back out). There is not much shade on this trail but you work your way around the encloser so you can get a great view of the bison wherever they are. They were all right near the fence as you can see! There was very friendly ranger setup right near the bison that was very informative and answered any questions that anyone had.
  • Wonderful park with nice trails. The bison viewing area was pleasant with highly viewable areas to look at them fairly close. It was in the evening when my wife and I arrived so some of the attractions were closed. The park wasn't overrun with people and was pleasant to walk around.
  • CAMPING LOT: The camping spot that my family stayed in was level. However some of the spots did look uneven, so pick your spot carefully. There is no plumbing and for some odd reason a creepy shed was by the spot and I heard noises come from the shed at night. SWIMMING POOL: The pool was a bit small, but clean. It was never so crowded that I didn't want to go in. (I whent in June) BATHROOMS/SHOWERS: Showers could use some TLC. There was some mold and hair on the walls. There is a handicap assessable shower. The toilets and sinks were pretty clean though. ACTIVITIES: There are tons of trails throughout the park. The camping ground also has mini golf course and a playground. Mini golf could kill a hour of time and isn't very expensive. WILDLIFE: I saw tons deer there which was really cool. The deer never got too close as well. That was not the case with the raccoons. My campsite was visited by a raccoon every night that wouldn't be scared away if my dog barked at it or banging pots and pans at it. There were also about 6 raccoons in the dumpsters at night.
  • We had a great time at Big Bone Lick. The kids couldn't have had a better time. Very educational and fun games (scenic bingo) for us to play while on the trails. A lot of fun and at a very good price.

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