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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.

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. Equipment rental is available at the front desk of the Worthington Lodge.

Museum

Learn more about the fascinating history of Blue Licks in the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy a short video presentation and examine mastodon bones, Native American and Kentucky pioneer artifacts.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April and May open on Saturday and Sunday only, Memorial Day through August 4th open Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday. August 4th through October open Saturday and Sunday only. Closed November through March. Please call 859-289-5507 for more information.

Picnicking

Two picnic shelters (one with rest rooms), are available for rental up to two 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.

Pool hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pool will open daily Memorial Day Weekend through August 4th. Please call 859-289-5507 for more information.

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.