Big Bone Lick State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kentucky

The big draw to Big Bone Lick State Park is undoubtedly the bison. This largest of all North American land mammals is viewable at any time of year. Bison herds once roamed the entire area and provided food, clothing, and shelter for Native Americans and pioneers. They were hunted to near extinction, and the last wild bison were seen in Kentucky over 200 years ago. The herd at Big Bone Lick are some of our only links to the Ice Age and can teach us about the area’s prehistoric past. 

Weather at the park is somewhat rainy, with the park getting between 1-2 weeks of rain each month of the year. March is the rainiest month. It does get cold in winter - lows are around 23F. Summers don’t get too hot, and the average high isn’t even in the 90s. However, Kentucky can get quite humid.

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Weather
Spring 39-75 F
Summer 63-86 F
Fall 38-80 F
Winter 23-45 F
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Nearby Cities
Bigbone, KY
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Big Bone Lick State Park

Big Bone Lick State Park has 62 campsites with utility hookups, grills, swimming pools, and playground areas. The campgrounds also include showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. If you choose to rent an RV to camp, consider renting with RVshare. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team that will work with you to make sure you get the perfect RV for your needs.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Oak Creek Campground

This family-owned campground has 99 sites including pull-thrus and back-ins and primitive tent camping as well. They’re open year-round and are a short drive from the park. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: pool, shelter building, planned activities, laundry, showers

River Ridge Park

River Ridge offers shady campsites, just 40 minutes from Cincinnati, and close to Big Bone Lick and other attractions as well. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: pool, rec area 

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What to Do at
Big Bone Lick State Park

Inside Big Bone Lick State Park

While Big Bone Lick is known for the bison viewing, there are plenty of other things to do as well! Go for a hike, try mini-golf, or try your hand at orienteering. Activities at the park include: 

Museum: Big Bone Lick has new museum exhibits. The park works with the Friends of Big Bone and the Cincinnati Museum Center, and has displays on paleontology, Ordovician geology, ice age mammals, Native American history, and other exhibits. 

Bison viewing: You can see the bison at all times of the year. Due to weather, you may have to hunt for them in the wooded areas that provide shelter and shade. The last of the wild bison were seen in Kentucky around 1800.

Hiking: The Discovery Trail wanders along Big Bone Creek past interpretive panels that share the prehistoric drama of the area. Or try one of the other 4.5 miles of wooded trails that wind through the park and show different sections of terrain and wildlife along the forested ridges and by the sparkling creek. 

Orienteering: Try finding your way in the woods with just your map and a compass. Big Bone Lick offers orienteering courses, including a beginner course that covers 2.7 km (about 1.6 mi) or a more challenging 4.5 km (about 2.8 mi) course. 

Birding: Ruby-throated hummingbirds arrive at the park in mid to late spring, along with a host of colorful warblers. You can find hawks in summer, and listen for the calls of owls at night. During the fall, watch the migrating species as they continue their journeys for winter. There are also more than 50 species of birds who make the park their home during winter.

Outside Big Bone Lick State Park

There are lots of things to do in the area surrounding Big Bone Lick State Park! Visit red wolves, learn about the history of the area, or learn how the liquor Kentucky is known for is made.

Restaurants

Family’s Main Street Cafe

Family’s Main Street Cafe prides itself on serving up homecooked meals like you might get at home with Mom or Grandma. Staples like meatloaf, turkey, and liver and onions are on the menu, along with comfort sides like mashed potatoes and carrots.

Type: American

Location: Walton, KY

Smokin’ This and That BBQ

Authentic, southern barbeque ribs, pulled pork, and other barbequed goodies are all available at this BBQ joint. Their family restaurant gives discounts to Armed Forces, police, fire, vets, and others who protect the community. They specialize in dry rubs, rather than barbeque sauces, and they cook everything to be tender and fall off the bone.

Type: BBQ

Location: Florence, KY

The Farmstand Market & Cafe

The Farmstand Market & Cafe has farm to table dining in a casual dining space. There’s also a retail market that features local farm products and catering services. Their burgers, especially, come highly recommended.

Type: Cafe

Location: Union, KY

Shopping

Roebling Point Books & Coffee

Roebling Point Books & Coffee celebrates what a good book can do for the soul. They stock the latest novels, and promise that if they don’t have a book you’re looking for on-hand, they’ll track it down if at all possible. Grab a good book, and then order up a cup of coffee while you get started on it.

Location: Covington, KY

Sightseeing

Boone County Distilling Company

When William Snyder bought a flour mill in Boone County, Kentucky in 1833, he couldn’t possibly know he’d eventually turn that mill to making the liquor for which the region is now known - bourbon. Tour Boone County distilling and learn about the history of bourbon, how it’s made, and how this unique liquor shows the pioneering spirit that was...and is...alive and well in Kentucky.

Location: Independence, KY

Red Wolf Sanctuary

This non-profit is dedicated to saving wild lands and the animals who live there. Their goal is to teach future generations the vital part each species plays in the maintenance of a healthy eco-system and to show visitors the wonders of nature and wildlife. Tours are available where visitors can see the red wolves and other animals, and learn more about their habitats and ways.

Location: Rising Sun, IN

Dinsmore Homestead

The Dinsmore Homestead shows the life of a prosperous and cultured Boon County farm family in the 19th century. Silas Dinsmoor and his nephew James Dinsmore purchase 700 acres between the Ohio River and Middle Creek, where they established a farm. Learn how they lived, and more of the history of the area.

Location: Burlington, KY

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How to Get to
Big Bone Lick State Park

The park is located 22 miles southwest of Covington on KY 338, off US 42/127 and I-71 & I-75. From I-75 north or south, take exit 175 to KY 338. From I-71 north or south, take exit 62 to 127N/42E to KY 338.

Entering Big Bone Lick State Park

Admission to the park is free year-round.

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