Big Bone Lick State Park is recognized as the key to understanding the life of the Ice Age on the North American continent over 10,000 years ago. The area was well known to local indigenous populations, such as the Delaware and Shawnee, who relied springs for salt and game.

A 1744 map Louisiana marks it as the “place where they found the elephant bones in 1739.” Early explorers noted that the large bones lay scattered throughout the valley. The first map of Kentucky, prepared by John Filson in 1784, bore on the legend: “Big Bone Lick; Salt and Medical Spring. Large bones are found there.”


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Rd, Union, KY 41091, United States



Open daily.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contact Details

Phone: 859-384-3522


Official Website: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Bonham State Park Adventures:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is a must-visit state park in Kentucky. Check out other state parks in Kentucky here.

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