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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
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Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
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Trash Available
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Big Bone Lick State Park is located in Kentucky
38.889 N
-84.748 W
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20 Reviews of Big Bone Lick State Park
Awesome weekend

Great campground and park. We stayed during Camper Appreciation weekend. Lots of activities. Staff was super friendly. Park was clean. Bison herd was an awesome experience. The only down side was our site was quite unlevel. Aside from minor updating needed (like most KY state park campgrounds), this was a great visit.

Nice and Cozy

Great place to learn some history, hike a trail, and view the bison. There are places to have a picnic, and a small campground is available. A visitor center and gift shop is also onsite.

Great park

This is clean and well maintained campground. The sites are large, and RV parking is easy. It's a long way to town, so be prepared. There were 2 camp hosts and they were responsive to campers.


This campground is in a quiet area with amazing scenery. The access to hiking trails is wonderful.

Great family spot close to Cincinnati

There is a museum and playground located on the property. You will also find a lake and a field with bison. The pool is tiny. There is also miniture golf available. It’s a fun place to hike and plenty to do in the area.

Rainy Weekend still Great

we really enjoyed Big Bone. we went to their museum center on Saturday afternoon and walked the Bison trail to see the baby bison they had at the time. it was nice to have something different to do. We had site 10 (i think) it was in the first loop. site was decently level and partially shaded. the pool was not open but the central location was nice. within walking distance of all sites.

Nice Campground

Big Bone Lick Campground inspired us to attempt poetry:

Little Miss [me] sat on her chair,

Handing out chocolate and grahams,

When along came beside her,

A sly, little bandit,

Who stole all her chocolate away.

So maybe we aren't poets, but we did meet our new friend Robert (for robber) The Chocolate Eater. He surprised us one night by joining our campfire before running into the woods with our chocolate. He came out a few minutes later looking for the grahams (see video).

We stayed here for 2 nights and did end up with one of only 2 or 3 sites that were on a slope (#32) and the one below it, toward the entrance. We found a level enough spot to have a good night's sleep. The campground has a nice little pool, a store, laundry, showers, and small playground. The sites are roomy, but in a grass field between the trees--so not necessarily private. The camp host was super friendly.

Oh, and apparently, as we found out the next morning, the raccoons are fairly common and "friendly". I guess they are used to campers feeding them and like to visit. My take: guard your chocolate!

No Tent Pads

We enjoyed exploring the park, but were surprised not to find tent pads. We had to pitch the tent in the grass on a slope. What happens to the grass if you stay a week or so? Those of us sleeping on mats woke up with wet hair from sliding into the tent wall or totally off the mat from sliding downhill. Restrooms were adequate. I also prefer more privacy than the sites have in this campground. We were ready for bed long before our neighbors. They weren’t particularly loud, but the light made it hard to sleep.

Where the bison roam

Big Bone Lick State Park Union, Ky is a very cool little park. There is a lot to do in this one little area except long distance hiking. There are some nice short intersecting trails through out the park. The longest one is 2 miles around Big Bone Lake.

There is a pool, mini golf, and tennis plus some play areas for the kids. Just realize that it’s not quiet and there’s not a lot of privacy. The showerhouse has laundry facilities available and there is a campstore.

The museum and gift shop have a lot of educational stuff which would be excellent for a home schooling trip. A good interactive grade school age children campground.

The funniest part of our visit was when after visiting the bison one of the dogs thought the tar pit display was real animals, he was really getting into it;)

Filled with Natures Wonder

This this is a great Campground, there was plenty to do as far as nature goes lots of hiking and trails and wild buffalo as well as a Visitor Center and museum. There was a pool which was very clean and a playground for children.

We we were alone without kids so we didn't need those amenities but if we would have had young kids with us it would have been great!

The the park was clean and quiet.