Kentucky Tourism

Big Bone Lick Union, KY


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091
Park Manager: Dean Henson
CampingFishingHikingMini GolfOrienteeringPlaygroundsSwimmingUnique AttractionWildlife Viewing
Salt Festival
Oct 13, 2017
Salt Festival
Oct 14, 2017

New Museum Now Open

Big Bone Lick’s museum exhibits are fresh and new! The park, in cooperation with the Friends of Big Bone and the Cincinnati Museum Center, worked together to create and produce all new exhibits for the park’s Visitor Center. Work on the final phase of exhibit installation is now in progress and scheduled for completion by August 1, 2017. 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 ongoing research currently underway at the park.


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 13 - 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 2 p.m. and check-out time is 1 p.m. 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.


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 9:00 am - 4:00 pm from April 1 - October 31
Closed seasonally, November 1 - March 31

Open April 1 - November 12
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.