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Blue Licks Battlefield Things to Do


Weather Conditions

Birding
Spring is a good time for viewing Snipe, Solitary Sandpipers, and Killdeer. Summer is the best time for viewing several species of hawks such as Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, Broad-winged, Red-tailed and the American Kestrel. Both Spring and Fall are fantastic times to see migrating warblers. Along the Licking River ravines are excellent for watching wood ducks, migratory and nesting Emberizidae Parulinae such as Prothonotary and Cerulean Warblers, and both wood thrushes Acadian and flycatchers. Red-headed woodpeckers are frequently seen across HW 68 on the Heritage Trail as well as Warbling Vireos.

Boating
Free boat access to the Licking River.

Guided canoe trips offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call for availability.

Camping
Enjoy the great outdoors at the campground, featuring 51 sites with utility hookups, a dump station and a central service building with showers and rest rooms. Campground closed from November 1 to March 31. Pets allowed if restrained.

Gift Shop
We are proud to offer a very unique selection of KY handcrafted products at our lodge gift shop, many of which are locally made. High quality pottery from six unique Kentucky artisans can be found throughout the shop, along with handcrafted baskets, lavender fragrances, punched-tin prints, note cards, painted gourds, soaps, walking sticks and a large selection of books and cookbooks by Kentucky authors. Kentucky food products include salsa, jams, mustards, hot sauces and a wide variety of sweets.

A smaller shop is located in the Pioneer Museum; see Museum information for hours.

Hiking
• Buffalo Trace (.15 mile) - is where the trampled remains are of an ancient buffalo path. • The Licking River Trail (1 mile) • Savannah Loop (0.5 mile) • Indian Loop Trail (0.8 mile) • The Heritage Trail (2.5 mile). • The River Trail is a one-mile loop trail to the Licking River, near the site where Daniel Boone and his men were captured by Shawnee Indians on a saltmaking expedition.

Miniature Golf
Our 18-hole, miniature golf course is perfect for family entertainment. The mini-golf course is open seasonally and dependent upon weather so please call ahead for hours of operation.

Museum
The Museum is temporarily closed for renovations.

Picnicking
Two picnic shelters (one with rest rooms), are available for rental up to three years in advance. Tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for a great picnic outing.

Playgrounds
Children's playground located near the mini golf course and picnic shelter.

Swimming
A junior-Olympic size community pool is a great place to meet friends during the summer.
Ask about summer pool party rentals Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Wildflower Viewing
Blue Licks is home to the federally-endangered Short’s Goldenrod. This plant is protected in the 15-acre nature preserve at Blue Licks. Short’s Goldenrod is historically linked to the Buffalo Trace hiking trail-the trampled remains of an ancient buffalo path.

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