Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park

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Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park

Kentucky

(859) 289-5507

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Overview

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park is located 48 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky on US 68. The salt springs at Blue Licks date back to prehistoric times and were the center of Indian life for a while as well. Blue Licks is most noted as the site of the final battle in Kentucky of the Revolutionary War. This 150-acre park became a polished resort park in May 1999. It has a nature preserve with hiking trails, an 18-hole miniature golf course, junior-Olympic sized pool, nature preserve, gift shop, picnic areas, and an interesting Pioneer Museum featuring mastodon bones and pioneer artifacts.

The park lodge has 32 rooms with private balconies or patios and full amenities. The gift shop offers Kentucky handcrafts, books, confectioneries and a wide array of other items. Cottages are also available for rent.

Blue Licks is home to the federally-endangered Short's Goldenrod. This plant is protected in the 15-acre nature preserve at Blue Licks. Short's Goldenrod is historically linked to the Buffalo Trace hiking trail-the trampled remains of an ancient buffalo path.

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Activities

  • Boating

    Free boat access to the Licking River is available. Guided canoe trips offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call for availability.

  • Bird Watching

    Spring is a good time for viewing Snipe, Solitary Sandpipers, and Killdeer. Summer is the best time for viewing several species of hawks such as Sharp-shinned, Cooper's, Broad-winged, Red-tailed and the American Kestrel. Both Spring and Fall are fantastic times to see migrating warblers. Along the Licking River ravines are excellent for watching wood ducks, migratory and nesting Emberizidae Parulinae such as Prothonotary and Cerulean Warblers, and both wood thrushes Acadian and flycatchers. Red-headed woodpeckers are frequently seen across HW 68 on the Heritage Trail as well as Warbling Vireos.

  • Camping

    Enjoy the great outdoors at the campground, featuring 51 campsites with utility hookups, a dump station and a central service building with showers and rest rooms. Campground closed from November 18th to March 31st. Pets are allowed if restrained.

  • Golfing

    An 18-hole, miniature golf course is perfect for family entertainment. The mini-golf course is open seasonally and dependent upon weather so please call ahead for hours of operation.

  • Hiking

    The River Trail is a one-mile loop trail to the Licking River, near the site where Daniel Boone and his men were once captured by Shawnee Indians on a saltmaking expedition. The Buffalo Trace hiking trail (.2 miles) is a trail of the trampled remains of an ancient buffalo path. Other trails available include the Savannah Loop (.5 miles), Indian Run Loop (.8 miles), and The Blue Licks Heritage Trail (2 miles).

  • Historic Sites

    On January 25, 1927 Blue Licks State Park became Kentucky's fifth state park. Judge Samuel Wilson of Fayette County, chairman of the Blue Licks Battlefield Monument Commission, presented a deed for thirty-two acres to the Kentucky State Park Commission on behalf of local citizens who had donated the land. Located north of the Lower Blue Licks Crossing in present day Robertson County, the site of the Battle of Blue Licks enshrines the memory of the men who died in one of the worst military defeats of the American Revolution.

    The Battle of Blue Licks has the combined drama of frontier warfare and the Revolutionary War. On August 19, 1782, nearly seventy Kentuckians died in what some historians have called the "Last Battle of the American Revolution." While that claim is debatable, the struggle at Blue Licks embodies the conflict between the American Indian, Kentucky settlers, and the British Crown.

    The Pioneer Museum retells the story of the Blue Licks area beginning with the Ordovician time period, all the way up to the park's dedication in 1928, making it one of Kentucky's first state parks. Enjoy a short video presentation and examine mastodon bones, Native American and pioneer artifacts, as well as Revolutionary War memorabilia. Learn about the "healing waters" of the spring through the story of Blue Lick's early years as a travel destination.

    Immerse yourself in the 18th century with a visit to Tanner Station, a reproduction of a small trade station known to have been at the spring in 1784. According to early documentation, David Tanner settled the lower Blue Licks in the summer of 1784. Today, Tanner Station is used to illustrate life along the Licking River in the 18th century, as well as to host the fall Tanner Station Rifle Frolic, held the first weekend in November.

  • Picnicking

    Tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for a great picnic outing. The park has two picnic shelters, one with restrooms, available for rental in advance. Three rooms at the lodge accommodate meetings or banquets: The Daniel Boone Room seats 175, The Pavilion seats 225, and The Arlington Room seats up to 125.

  • RVing

    The campground has RV hookups.

  • Water Sports

    The junior Olympic-size pool, open seasonally, is a great place to meet friends during the summer.

Directions

Driving

The park is located 48 miles northeast of Lexington on US 68. Traveling I-64 East: 1) Take the US-27 / US-68 exit- EXIT 113- toward PARIS / LEXINGTON. 2) Turn LEFT onto N BROADWAY / US-27 N / US-68 E / PARIS PIKE. Continue to follow US-27 N / US-68 E. (distance 4.3 miles). 3) Turn LEFT onto US-27 N / US-68 E / KY-627 N / PARIS BYPASS RD. Continue to follow US-68 E / PARIS BYPASS RD. (distance 7.0 miles). 4) Turn LEFT onto US-68 BR / MILLERSBURG RD. Continue to follow MILLERSBURG RD. (distance 4.1 miles). 5) MILLERSBURG RD becomes US-68. 6) Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto US-68 E / KY-36 E. Continue to follow US-68 for approximately 8.4 miles.

Traveling I-64 West: 1) Take the KY-32 exit- EXIT 137- toward MOREHEAD / FLEMINGSBURG. Turn RIGHT onto KY-32. (distance 24.2 miles). 2) Turn LEFT onto KY-32 / KY-57. Continue to follow KY-32. (distance 4.7 miles). 3) Turn RIGHT onto KY-165. (distance 6.2 miles). 4) Turn LEFT onto US-68 / KY-165. Continue to follow US-68. (distance 5.6 miles). End at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park : 10299 Maysville Rd , Carlisle , KY 40311 , HWY-68.

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(859) 289-5507

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