Looking for a fun Kentucky day trip? Then round up the family and take them to see the buffalo at Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky. In addition to the buffalo, the park has several hiking trails, a fishing lake, camping, and more! Keep reading to learn more.
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We had plans for about the past 3 weeks to head down to Kentucky to Big Bone Lick State Park, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating. Finally this Saturday, the weather report looked clear and we finally were able to go. We stopped in Cincinnati at IHOP. While we were eating our breakfast, the sky opened up and poured. So much for the weather report!
We walked around the now nearly empty Cincinnati Mills mall while we waited for the weather to clear up. The storm didn’t last too long and we decide to continue on our way. It turned out to be a hot, muggy day when the sun finally came back out.
Visiting Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky
Big Bone Lick State Park is located in Union, Kentucky not too far from I-75/I-71. It is about 20 minutes southwest of Florence.
Big Bone Lick has a nice Visitor’s Center with a museum and a gift shop. Through the museum exhibits, you can learn more about fossils, the ice age mammals that roamed in Northern Kentucky, the salt making era, and the Native Americans that once lived in the area.
Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky also has camping, a woodland orienteering course, and 4.5 miles of hiking trails.
Our first stop was the trailside museum where they had life-size replicas of Wooly Mammoths, Mastodons, etc.
The wildflowers were in full bloom during our visit, so I enjoyed taking some pictures of them.
This little guy decided to join us on our picnic. He got close enough for us to take several pictures.
Buffalo at Big Bone Lick
Big Bone Lick State Park has a herd of buffalo, which is part of the reason we decided to visit.
We were fortunate enough to be able to see several baby buffalo while we were there. Too cute!
The buffalo are in an enclosure to ensure that you don’t get too close. There are signs posted that the buffalo are dangerous and you shouldn’t climb the fence. So make sure you watch your kids.
Hiking at Big Bone Lick State Park
Big Bone Lick has 5 different hiking trails ranging from 1/2 mile to 2 miles in length. Any of them would be fine for hiking with children. Our youngest is not quite 6 and she managed all of the trails just fine. Of course, she has been hiking since she was old enough to walk!
There were several geocaches and letterboxes in the park. We hiked about 6 miles when all was said and done.
After our picnic lunch, we decided to venture up to the Corralberry trail which is a 2 mile hike around a small hilltop lake. It really is beautiful there and so peaceful.
We struck out on both the geocache and letterbox that were up there. However we did amuse ourselves seeing how many times we fell in the mud. The trail wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t rained that morning. However the mud made things interesting. Kaylee and Kevin were the only ones who hadn’t fallen by the time we finished.
Poor Sierra slid back down one hill on her belly. We commented that they pay Hollywood stunt doubles big money to do things like that! Fortunately she wasn’t hurt. She actually giggled and thought it was great fun.
All in all it was a fun day at Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky. The kids really enjoyed seeing the buffalo and the hiking trails were nice with lots to see.
Camping at Big Bone Lick
Although this was just a Kentucky day trip for us, Big Bone Lick has a nice campground. It is close to the Corralberry trail and has lots of fun activities for families including a swimming pool, mini golf course, playground, and tennis courts.
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