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

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 complete. 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.

Field Trips and Outreach Programs

Big Bone Lick is the perfect place to get hands-on lessons in history, science, and environmental education. Engage your class, youth group, home school group, or scout troop through a field trip to the park. Your group will experience fun programs and exploration in an outdoor setting. Park Interpreters can also bring programs to your classroom, school, or organization to enrich any curriculum. Programs can be presented to adults as well. Field trips and outreach programs may have a small fee. For more information and scheduling, please contact the park interpreter at or (859) 384-3522.


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
April 1 - October 31:
Open daily, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 

November 1 - March 31:
Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, and the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Gift Shop
April 1 - October 31:
Open daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm from 

November 1 - March 31:
Closed seasonally

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.