Big Bone Lick State Park


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The scientific community recognizes the site of Big Bone Lick State Park as the "Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology." The fossilized remains of giant mastodons, wooly mammoths, and ground sloths were discovered here in 1739 and displayed at museums throughout the world. Notable Americans such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin personally examined the fossils, many of which are on display today at Big Bone Lick Museum. According to paleontologists, during the Pleistocene Epoch, when ice covered much of North America, prehistoric animals were attracted to the warm salt springs that still bubble from the earth at Big Bone Lick State Park. They became trapped in the salty marsh and perished, leaving skeletons and clues about life in prehistoric Kentucky. Come visit the museum and the Discovery Trail to learn this history for yourself, and appreciate the present by enjoying the park's many outdoor activities.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on January 12, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Admin Service, Copying, Admin Service, Faxing, Archeological Sites, Archery, Bathhouse, Bird Watching, Cable/Satellite Service, Campground Host, Camping, Improved Site, Dump Station camper, Field Sports/Activities, Fire Rings, First Aid Supplies, Fishing Lake, Fishing River, Grills, Grocery store, Hiking, Hiking Moderate, Hiking Trail, Historic Sites, Historic Structure/Feature, Horseshoe Pits, Horseshoes, Information/Contact Station, Interpretive Center, Interpretive Display, Jogging/Running, Laundry, Lifeguards (Seasonal), Maintenance Housekeeping, Maintenance, Facility, Museum, Musical Performances, Nature Center, Nature Study, Newspapers, Officer/Ranger Station, Park Lake (Fishing Only), Parking, Pay Telephone, Photography, Picnic Area, Picnic Pavilion, Picnic Shelter, Picnic Tables, Picnicking, Playground, Programs, Archeology, Programs, History, Programs, Instructional, Programs, Nature, Programs, Recreational, Putt-Putt, Putt-Putt course, Recreation Programs, Rentals, Fishing Equipment, Restrooms, Retail, Bait & Tackle, Retail, Firewood, Retail, Ice, Retail, Snacks, Retail, Store/Gift Shop, Retail, Supplies, River/Stream, Seasonal Festivals, Shelters, Showers, Stargazing, Sunbathing, Swimming - Pool, Trails Hiking Moderate, Trails Hiking/Walking easy , Viewing Platform/Overlk, Walking, Water Access, Park Lane, Water Drinking, Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing, ball field, interpretive trail, ATM/ Cash Machine, Boat Ramp, Boating, Boating, Power, Botanical Garden, Camping, Primitive, Canoe Rental, Canoeing, Churches, Dining, Dock, Boat, Docks, Fishing/Crabbing, Driftwood Collecting, Emergency Services, Fishing, Fuel, Boats, Geological Formations, Golf, Golfing, Kayaking, Maintenance, Rv/Camper, Marina, Paddle Boating, Rentals, Boat, Jon (paddle), Rentals,Boat,Canoe, Restaurant, Retail, Drinks, Town, Water Access, River/Stream, Airport, Antiquing, Aquarium Display, Arboretum, Art & Museum, Cabins, Car Rental, Catering, Cottages, Cultural Activities, Cultural Sites/Exhibits, Fuel, Vehicles, Gardens, Botanical Displ, Hospital, Kennel, Lodging goroup facilities, Lodging, Cabins, Maintenance, vehicle, Mall, Medical Clinic, Meeting Space, Motel, Orchard/Produce Farm, Propane, Scenic driving routes, Shopping, Sightseeing, Theme Park

    Campground Amenities

    Electrical hookups, Pets OK, Water hookups

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    $23-27 per night

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