Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Big Bonelick State Park

Big Bonelick State Park
Big Bonelick State Park

Address: 3380 Beaver Road, Union, KY 41091-9627
Phone: 859-384-3522

Info: Grounds: Open year round from daylight until dark. Museum/Giftshop: January to March – Thursday to Sunday from 8am to 4:30pm. April to December – Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4:30pm and Friday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Campground: Open year round. Campground Grocery: Open April 1 – October 31. Hours are variable. For hours of operation contact grocery at 859-384-3495 or business office at 859-384-3522. Nature Center: Call 859-384-3522 for hours of operation.

Visit this state park to get an up close look at an American Buffalo herd, and enjoy the Outdoor Discovery Trail Museum, Camping, Fishing (7.5-acre lake contains largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish for bank fishing. A Kentucky fishing license is required. Year-round.), Mini-Golf (An 18-hole miniature golf course, with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside, is near the entrance to the campground. Open to all visitors.  Seasonal, April 1st to Oct. 31st. RATES: $3.50 13-older. $2.50 Children 4-12. Children 3 & under free.), Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball courts, Softball fieldsHorseshoe pitsTrails (3.5 miles of hiking trails around the lake and Outdoor Museum area. Year-round.),  and nearly 40 acres of Picnic grounds with tables, grills and a playground.

Typical Day: The Nature Center/Gift Shop is our first stop to read about the history of Bison, Buffalo and Mammoths, as well as pick up a Discovery Trail and Bonelick Creek Trail map. Recreated grasslands, wetlands and wooded savannas lie along the Discovery trail leading to the paved Bonelick Creek Trail where you’ll literally see a herd of real Buffalo. This park blooms all through the months of Spring and Summer, and changes into a world of new colors in the Fall. When we want to go for “a walk in the park”, we enjoy the great outdoors at this state park. The trails provide lots of shade and lots of level walking ground great for all ages. Along the trail you’ll find natural creeks, wild grasslands, and stopping stations where you can read about the history of the exact original swampland you are standing on from hundreds of years ago. This is a peaceful park with lots of nature to explore like hanging vines (perfect for little hands to hang from) and eventhough the Buffalo are behind a protected fence, they come right up to it where you can feed them grass and imagine what life had been like way back when they roamed free.

Cincy Kids: APPROVE!

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