Big Bone Lick State Park has been named by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark, one of only 582 in the nation. The park, which joins an elite group of geological sites around the country, is significant for its combination of salt springs and late Pleistocene bone beds. Ancient creatures like the mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth and bison once roamed through mineral springs and swamps, now grassy plains covered with trees and shrubs. The site is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology for its significant role in the development of scientific thought regarding extinction and the relationship of geology and paleontology the world over. The National Park Service program, which began in 1962, recognizes significant natural history sites and helps support their conservation. Big Bone Lick is already on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only site in Northern Kentucky to achieve natural landmark status. Visit us to learn more about this unique history, as well the opportunity for an up-close look at our American Buffalo herd.

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We took this loop from the campground. Rocky, rooty & slippery (it had just rained). It goes right by the buffalo pen, so you can get a look at them. You can also stop in at the visitor center. Very interesting. Take the trail back to the campground for the loop.

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1 month ago

Rocky, rooty & a moderate incline. One nice overlook. The lake is really a large pond. You can only see one end of it.

great hike.

Completed the Discovery trail, linking the 3 main trails. Fun to see the Bison and some of the history. But the downside is lots of hiking near campgrounds. Print a map before you arrive, not available if you start at the lake parking. Trails are well maintained and easy to follow.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016