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.
Spacious campground features 62 campsites with utility hookups, grills, a swimming pool and playground. Showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities are available at a central service building and are open year-round. There is a grocery on-site for your convenience, which is open April 1-October 31. The campground is open year-round but no water at sites from November 1 to March 31. However, spicket is available to fill up holding tank. Check-in time begins 2pm and check-out time is 1pm.
Enjoy the great outdoors at the campground, featuring 51 campsites with utility hookups, a dump station and a central service building with showers and rest rooms. Campground closed from November 18th to March 31st. Pets are allowed if restrained.
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