Kentucky Tourism

Big Bone Lick Union, KY


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

ALERT: The lake, lake access, and 0.5 miles of Coralberry Trail are closed for safety reasons due to a leak in the dam. An assessment of the dam is being made during this closure. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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 14. There is a campground grocery store on-site for your convenience, which is open March 15 - 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. Please note, camping reservations are not made at the park.  Click here to make an advanced online camping reservation or call Reserve America at (888) 459-7275.

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 (859) 384-3522. 


The bison are perpetually viewable every day of the year.  Owing to weather conditions, visitors may occasionally have to hunt for them in the wooded lots that provide shelter and shade. 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 bison herd today recalls the park’s prehistoric past and are our only living mammalian link to the Ice Age.

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

March 15 – November 12:
Open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

November 13 – March 14:
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Gift Shop

March 15 – November 12:
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

November 13 – March 14:
Open Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Open March 15 – November 12
Closed November 13 – March 14

Please note, camping reservations are not made at the park.  Click here to make an advanced online camping reservation or call Reserve America at (888) 459-7275. 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.