Big Bone Lick State Park campground is a hidden treasure in northern Kentucky. The 62 shaded campsites are separated from the rest of the state park providing a sense of privacy. History, paleontology, wildlife and all sorts of recreation are all within walking distance.
Located about 25 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Ohio, Big Bone Lick State Park campground provides 30 amp electrical service and water, with a free dump station within the park. The water connections are in a somewhat unique location between every other campsite, therefore an extra-long water hose may be needed to stretch to the opposite side of where the water pipes are typically located.
A small swimming pool ranging in depth from 3’5” to 4’8” provides a break from the summer humidity. The building housing the showers and restrooms is in need of some maintenance and shows its age, but is clean and functional. The four coin-operated washers and dryers are available should the need arise. The playground areas in the campground and adjacent state park are great for entertaining the kids.
The check-in station at the entrance to campground doubles as a small store, but only carries the basics. Grocery and department stores are within about twenty minutes of the campground. The Big Bone Lick State Park campground is host to a wide variety of RV’s. A sampling of nearly every type of RV can be seen, ranging from van conversions all the way to large Class A.
After entering the state park, be prepared for a rather steep incline to the campground. It is a paved and well maintained road accessible by any RV. All the sites are paved, but few are level. There will be a few extra minutes spent leveling the rig, but the vast majority of sites will work just fine and not require any extraordinary effort.
A visitor center provides historical perspective and an orientation to the area. There is also a gift shop in the Visitor Center to fill any souvenir needs. Walking trails and a little light hiking are available at Big Bone Lick State Park. There’s even a small herd of buffalo tucked safely away in a fenced yard. Tennis and miniature golf offer some unique activities not always found within walking distance of the campground.
Big Bone Lick State Park campground provides a diverse environment for a great camping experience.