During the Pleistocene Epoch, over thousand years ago, a huge ice sheet covered the ground all the way from Canada down to the Ohio River. On the edges of this ice sheet, great herds of giant mastodons, wooly mammoths and ground sloths were attracted to the warm salt springs that still bubble from the earth at Big Bone Lick State Park. The salty marsh that attracted these prehistoric visitors sometimes proved to be a fatal attraction. Animals became trapped and perished in what the early pioneers called "jelly ground," leaving skeletons and interesting clues about life in prehistoric Kentucky. The fossilized remains of these prehistoric animals were discovered in and displayed extensively at museums throughout the world.
Campground Details - BIG BONE LICK STATE HISTORIC SITE, KY - ReserveAmerica
Reservations must be made 1 Day s ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month s in advance. Please note: The maximum reservation window is 12 months in advance to the date. New Inventory is made available when the call center opens. There is a 1 night minimum stay during the week at all parks. There is a 2 night minimum stay on peak season weekends at all parks with the exception of the Kentucky Horse Park. The minimum stay on peak season weekends at the Kentucky Horse Park is 1 night.
Learn the history of Big Bone Lick in the museum, with displays of fossilized bones and artifacts from the last 18, years. The disabled-accessible Discovery Trail, part of the Outdoor Museum, gives visitors a glimpse of the drama that unfolded at the springs in pre-history. The paved Big Bone Creek Trail wanders through the original swampland, now growing wild with brush and flowers, and the last remaining salt-sulphur spring. The Bison Trace brings a live buffalo herd, the park's effort to reestablish the American bison, into view.
Stayed here for the weekend while we visited Cincinatti. Staff were very welcoming and super Nice park with well kept grounds. Most sites were a little short and it took two hoses to reach