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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

3380 Beaver Road

Big Bone Lick is a unique state park showcasing the remains of some of America's most intriguing Ice Age Megafauna. Once covered with swamps, the land that makes up Big Bone Lick featured a combination of odorous minerals and saline water that animals found difficult to resist.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site now has 813 acres with 40 acres of picnic grounds and a 62-site campground with electricity, water, grills, bathhouse, and a pool. There are facilities for various recreational pursuits and mosaic trail system. The park's modern museum and visitor center has paleontological and archaeological exhibits on display and the adjacent grounds also feature life-sized replicas of mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth, and bison.


John Faehr

Saturday, June 23, 2018
We were born and raised here in the area. Spent at 3 to 4 days a week in the summer. If they had a space we were in it. We have 4 sons and my wife and I worked opposite shifts so we could spend time with our boys. Have brought our grandchildren here also. We have been here for 2 weeks. And we are disappointed in the way the park is keeper. The beautiful fields that ran along 338 we mowed now weeds three foot tall. And your staff throughout could use some work. You can walk into your museum and not be spoken to. Grass in campground needs to be taken care of better. Still love the park just think you could do more.

Regina McIntosh

Friday, June 8, 2018
Pretty interesting little park. We went fossil hunting and checked out the bison. Amelia was a fantastic park guide during our fossil hunting excursion! Looked like a nice place to RV camp. Didn't see too much shade for tent campers however. Lots of interesting history and natural beauty!

Amanda Beets

Sunday, May 20, 2018
I absolutely love this park! We make the 4 hour drive from Tennessee as often as possible. The Bison are BEAUTIFUL! The lady named Shawn at the gift shop is amazing! They have awesome bison gifts in the gift shop and the museum connected has a lot of neat things. Make the trip is very well worth it!

A Dead Guy

Friday, May 25, 2018
This is one of my favorite parks in the country. Several trails that total over 3 miles of hiking. Camping area that is gated and fishing. Historical park has information and post around the park providing information about the historical and prehistorical past of the area. There is also quite a few Bison that live protected in the park. Viewing areas lets you get pretty close to them. Great for hiking and camping enthusiasts to the "let's go to the park for a bit" for a short time out. Closes at dusk and had handicapped accessible entrances.

Geoff Sebesta

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Once you go to this park, you will understand why they can't change the name. It is the lick of a river, and they found a lot of big bones there. Everything from mammoths to giant sloths. The modern science of paleontology began right here. I went with my little daughter, and we had a wonderful time. She even saw a bison. They have actual living bison there. Recent studies are showing that the animals that died at the lick did not just wonder passively into muddy ground and perish. The First Nation tribes that lived in the area were very enthusiastic about leading animals into that morass and killing them while they were defenseless. Interesting.

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