See the Herd of Bison at Big Bone Lick State Park in Boone County, Kentucky

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Big Bone Lick State Park in Union, Kentucky is a secret that seems well-kept by Northern Kentuckians. Visitors utilize over 4 miles of well-maintained trails through Kentucky forests, but most come for one trail in particular that holds a surprise at the end. An animal most commonly thought of in scenes of the Wild West or Yellowstone National Park, Big Bone Lick boasts an actual bison herd. Visitors are welcome to bring their families and (leashed) furry friends to see the Bison in their natural habitat roaming in open fields in a section of Big Bone Lick.

The American Bison is the largest North American land mammal. They stand up to 6 feet tall and can weigh over 2,000 pounds. They are native to the Northern Kentucky area but are no longer seen in the wild due to being hunted to near extinction in the 1800s. 

The hike to see the bison is mild and dog-friendly as long as they are leashed. From the parking lot in front of the park museum, the hike is .2 miles and there are plenty of signs to let you know you are on the right path. Admission, parking and visiting the Bison herd is completely free and a trip to the museum is recommended to learn more about the history of the site.

The park is open year-round, daily until dark. 

3380 Beaver Rd, Union, Kentucky, parks.ky.gov

— Adam Doty

| Photos by Adam Doty