Kentucky Tourism

Big Bone Lick Things To Do

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Museum and Visitor Center

The Big Bone Lick museum features exhibits that tell of the park’s momentous historic and prehistoric past. Displays include Ordovician fossils, Ice Age mammal bones, Native American artifacts, the salt making era, and ongoing current research. The museum is open daily 8:30 am - 4:00 pm from April 1 - October 31, and from and 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday - Friday, November 1 - March 31.


Orienteering is a sport in woods navigation where a person uses a map and compass to complete a course. It can be done by yourself or with your family. It is a great way to spend part of the day discovering new parts of the park! The site of the 2012 United States Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Championships as well as the 2015 Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, Big Bone Lick State Park offers two permanent orienteering courses. A beginners’ course covering 2.7 km featuring 10 controls (check points) and an intermediate course covering 4.5 km featuring 10 controls, both in a wooded setting. You can get your map by clicking here.


Summer issues in the arrival of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Whip-Poor-Will, Falcons, and many of the Warbler species. Fall is the best time to see dozens of species of migrating flocks stop over and gather at the park. Winter is a great time, when the park is quiet and undergrowth at a minimum, to best view any of the 57 bird species still found wintering at the park. If you want to see the most variety of birds the Big Bone Creek Trail is the best place to be.


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 Nov 1 - Mar 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.


A 7.5-acre lake contains largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish for bank fishing. A Kentucky fishing license is required. Open year-round. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Plan your fishing trip and improve your success with the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources fishing forecast.
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Gift Shop

The park’s gift shop is a unique browsing experience. Visitors will find a charming assortment of t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, books, fossils, collectible rocks and minerals, park-themed toys, handcrafts, candies, and more. It’s the perfect place to find the perfect item to take home as a souvenir of your visit to Big Bone Lick. The gift shop is open daily 9:30 am - 4:00 pm from April 1 - October 31, and is closed seasonally from November 1 - March 31.


There are 4.5 miles of hiking trails around the lake and Outdoor Museum area. Open year round.

Miniature Golf

An 18-hole miniature golf course, with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside, is near the entrance to the campground. Open April 1- October 31 to all visitors.


Nearly 40 acres of picnic grounds with tables, grills and a playground areas are ideal for family outings. The two picnic shelters have tables, grills, water and electric, and may be reserved for rental up to one year in advance. Year-round.


Two playgrounds ideal for family outings.


A swimming pool is available at the campground for campground guests only. Seasonal.


Tennis courts are available for the enjoyment of park visitors. Seasonal.