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“nice, little state park. KY is best for state parks.”

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Union
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Owner description: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology for it's significant role in the development of scientific thought regarding extinction and the relationship of geology and paleontology the world over. The park has been named a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The park is famous for its combination of salt springs and late Pleistocene bone beds. Ancient creatures like the mammoth, mastodon, and ground sloth prehistorically visited the mineral springs, swamps, and bogs that are now grassy plains covered with trees and shrubs.
bluegrass state
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500 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“nice, little state park. KY is best for state parks.”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Went with my 8 year old on a day trip. Nice little display up front of mastodon teeth, bones and other artifacts. Everything is behind glass in little cases. Gift shop is small but has a nice selection of books, toys and clothing and drinks and snacks. Our day there was over 100 degrees. There are replicas of ancient animals out back. The trail to the Bison was not very long and well shaded. Go early to see them. They tend to go to the back in the heat of the day. They have programs through the park and that day was tomahawk throwing but your child had to be 10 to participate. A little disappointing for my son. Maybe have another activity for those that can't participate. Took us about 2 hours to tour the park with the bison. Lady at the gift shop told us to eat at Trixie's Marine on our way to Rabbit Hash, KY. Good, not fancy food.

Visited July 2012
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Michigan
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely outdoor walking trails”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

We spent a few hours wandering around here, lovely walking trails all through the park. There is a dinosaur diorama, a path out to the sulfur springs(can I recommend a gas mask here??), and there were buffalo somewhere but we were unable to locate them though we did find the fence. and followed it out to a large pasture. I think they were hiding. There is a very nice indoor museum with many dino bones, and a nice gift shop. I have to say, we keep returning to Kentucky becuase the state parks are so wonderful there. Love it.

Visited April 2012
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KY
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Nice small park”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

It is a kid friendly park. It is not too big, but you could do pretty much everything, such as hiking, fishing, camping, and golfing. Buffaloes are must to see. Also visit information/museum to learn a little bit history.

Visited June 2012
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Kentucky
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4 attraction reviews
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“Fine park, just small...”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

It's fine, just not as large as a "typical" state park. The camp grounds were not as big as some of the other state parks in the area.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Great bit of history”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Great hiking trails..and the museum while small has some real cool things to see. There was minimal staff during my visit as it was early on a week day but the people I did meet were nice and seemed very happy to be there.

Visited April 2012
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