Kentucky Tourism

Big Bone Lick Union, KY

  • Fishing
  • Pleistocene diorama
  • Cow and calf
  • Autumn picnic
  • Active dig
  • Salt Festival
  • Salt Festival
  • Salt Festival
  • Salt Festival
  • Salt Festival
  • Salt making
  • Salt spring
  • Salt spring
  • Salt spring
  • Bison herd
  • Big Bone Lake
  • Campsite
  • Playground
  • Mini golf


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091
Park Manager: Dean Henson
CampingFishingHikingMini GolfOrienteeringPlaygroundsSwimmingUnique AttractionWildlife Viewing

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 exhibits for the park’s Visitor Center. While Phase 1 of the three-phase project is now complete, fundraising is currently underway for Phases 2 & 3. We encourage you to plan a visit to Big Bone Lick soon to see our exciting new displays on 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 little fun while visiting Big Bone Lick and take a self guided tour. 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.


Spacious campground features 62 campsites with utility hookups, grills, a swimming pool and playground. 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. Check-in time begins 2pm and check-out time is 1pm.

Call the campground direct at 859-384-3495 or click here for reservation information.

Discovery Trail

The 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.
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.

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.