Best Things to Do in Big Bone Lick State Park

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Big Bone Lick State Park is located at Big Bone in Boone County, Kentucky.

Big Bone Lick is the perfect place to get hands-on lessons in history, science, and environmental education.

There are several activities to do here: hiking, tennis, swimming, picnicking, and so on.

You can also see a bison as the largest of all North American land mammals.

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Boone County Arboretum is located outside Union, KY. It took only 25 minutes southwest from downtown Cincinnati. The park is open daily. You can enjoy more than 3,600 trees and shrubs. This park also well is known as Central Park and was the nation's first arboretum within an active recreation park setting.
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is located at Big Bone in Boone County, Kentucky. The name of the park comes from the Pleistocene megafauna fossils discovered there. Mammoths are accepted to have been attracted to this area by a salt lick stored around the sulfur springs. Other animals, including buffalo, caribou, deer, elk, horse, mastodon, moose, musk bull, peccary, sloth, and tapir.

Boone County Arboretum

Cool place for a walk and look at a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers.

The arboretum itself is quiet and clean.

Lots of parking and space to walk and explore.

Address : 9190 Camp Ernst Rd, Union, KY 41091, USA

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Great park, fascinating scenery, excellent way to learn or to dip your toes into the history of your planet.

And also your great country,and your wonderful state of Kentucky.

Restrooms and showers are clean and plenty of hot water.

Some trails and of course the Bison.

Address : 3380 Beaver Rd, Union, KY 41091, USA


We want to recommend a short trip to Big Bone Lick State Park. It would be a great idea to visit with your friends or family. The park features indoor and outdoor exhibits of fossils, American Art, a 1,000-pound mastodon skull, and a gift shop.

Before you start your trip, having breakfast is a good idea. We recommend you to visit Enlightenment Coffee, it offers a variety of locally roasted specialty grade coffee.

After having a little breakfast, drive directly to the park. It took only 13 minutes. The park features several nature trails while you can see a woolly mammoth, a mastodon, a ground sloth, bison, and scavengers feeding on carcasses and skeletal remains.

There are plenty of activities you might like here, such as camping, hiking, miniature golf, swimming, tennis, etc. Besides, there are 40 acres of picnic grounds with tables, grills, and playground areas.


Oak Creek Campground offers 99 sites, all sites have water and electricity. There is also a modern swimming pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is free for guests. Besides, for a family gathering, you can also use a large shelter building.

Enlightenment Coffee

An excellent place to work or socialize.

Coffee is delicious and many hand-crafted options to choose from.

Excellent food options as well as cozy environment.

Address : 11069 Clay Dr, Walton, KY 41094, USA


Please follow protocol COVID-19 like wear face-covering and practice social distancing.


The best time to visit Union in Kentucky is from May until September when you have a pleasant or warm temperature and limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in Union is 29°C in July, and the lowest is 2°C in January. The weather and climate of Union are suitable for a sun holiday.


The Farmstand Market & Cafe offers the freshest ingredients only. Several menus are offered including beverages. There is also a vegetarian menu. Kitchen 1883 - Union is where you can enjoy great American food with several menu offerings. The list consists of a family pack, lunch, and dinner menu. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Friday at 11 a.m - 9 p.m. and on Saturday to Sunday at 4 p.m - 9 p.m.

The Farmstand Market & Cafe

The place has a clean, quaint atmosphere & all is good & favorable.

The food is always incredible, above and beyond expectations both in quality and presentation.

The bourbon-butterscotch-pecan pie for dessert is absolutely scrumptious.

Staff members are always nice, prices are reasonable and the place is always kept clean.

Address : 9914 Old Union Rd, Union, KY 41091, USA

Kitchen 1883 - Union

Kitchen 1883 is high quality and highly recommend.

The wait staff are very friendly and the service is quick.

Address : 9003 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY 41091, USA


These two accommodations might be your references to stay in during your trip to Big Bone Lick State Park. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Richwood - Cincinnati South and Belterra Casino Resort, each of them, have excellent facilities like free internet access, pool, fitness center, and so on.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Richwood - Cincinnati South

Pleasant place for staying with complete facilities for your needs.

The rooms are spacious with comfy bed, pillow, and spotless bathroom.

Breakfast is superb, the lady who does the breakfast room is kind and pleasant.

Staff are amazing, kind and generous, even the other visitors seemed very friendly.

Address : 12928 Frogtown Connector Rd, Walton, KY 41094, USA

Belterra Casino Resort

A very extraordinary hotel with attractive facilities and a very beautiful view.

The rooms are very large equipped with adequate facilities.

Breakfast or food in the restaurant is very delicious provided by experienced staff.

Address : 777 Belterra Dr, Florence, IN 47020, USA