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Status: Open through Sun Nov 01 2015
Max reservation window: Tue Jul 05 2016
55 site(s) found


Throughout history, the salt springs at Blue Licks State Park have attracted prehistoric animals, Indians and pioneers such as the legendary Daniel Boone. Many 19th-century southerners came to the area seeking the rejuvenation of the therapeutic, bubbling waters. Blue Licks is more widely known, however, as the site of the last Revolutionary War battle in Kentucky. In 1782, Kentuckians engaged Indians and British soldiers near the Licking River. Outnumbered, Kentucky suffered great losses, including one of Boone's sons. Boone's words, "Enough of honour cannot be paid," are inscribed on the monument dedicated to the fallen soldiers in the Battle of Blue Licks. Walking, hiking, enjoying the museum, and swimming are just a few ways to enjoy this historically significant park.


Blue Licks Battlefield State Park is located along historic Highway 68 just 48 miles northeast of Lexington KY.


Visit the Pioneer Museum to learn more about the history of Blue Licks State Park. The junior Olympic-size pool, open seasonally, is a great place to meet friends during the summer. The 18-hole miniature golf course, open seasonally, is perfect for family entertainment. 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).


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.

Nearby Attractions:

The well-known Kentucky Horse Park is nearby.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Art & Museum
  • Artifact/Petroglyph View
  • Basketball
  • Bathhouse
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campers Appreciation Weekend
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Tent
  • Canoeing
  • Catering
  • Cottages
  • Dining
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Hotel
  • Information Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Jogging/Running
  • Laundry
  • Licking River
  • Lifeguards (Seasonal)
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Maintenance Housekeeping
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Meeting Hall
  • Musical Performances
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Study
  • Newspapers
  • Officer/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Program, Recreational
  • Programs, History
  • Programs, Nature
  • Putt-Putt course
  • Recreation Programs
  • Recycling Station
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • River/Stream
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Trail, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Net
  • Walking
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • area attraction
  • interpretive trail
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Churches
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Grocery store
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Supplies
Within 10 Miles
  • 9 hole public golf course
  • ATM/ Cash Machine
  • Antiquing
  • Fishing
  • Lake Carnico
  • Medical Clinic
  • Propane
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Scenic driving routes
  • Shopping
  • Swimming - Beach
  • covered bridges
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Emergency Services
  • Fruit /Produce Picking
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Hospital
  • Maintenance, Rv/Camper
  • Maintenance, vehicle
  • Orchard/Produce Farm
  • Pier fishing
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
  • ball field
Alerts and Important Information

Please note:

  • The maximum reservation window is 12 months in advance to the date.
  • New Inventory is made available when the call center opens.
  • There is a 1 night minimum stay during the week at all parks.
  • There is a 2 night minimum stay on peak season weekends at all parks with the exception of the Kentucky Horse Park.
  • The minimum stay on peak season weekends at the Kentucky Horse Park is 1 night.
  • Customers may arrive on a Friday or Saturday and stay a minimum of two nights.
  • Customer service is authorized to fill in any empty spaces caused by the 2-night weekend stay rule.
  • Please note the following:

  • Longer minimum night stays are required at most campgrounds during holiday periods.
  • Parks prohibits the importation firewood by campers from any state outside of Kentucky. This is in an effort to help prevent the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer into the state. Firewood is available for sale in the state park campgrounds.http://parks.ky.gov/regulations/firewood.htm
  • Please note that the Kentucky Department of Parks permits the use of non-licensed vehicles in campgrounds, including golf carts, only by those individuals with a disability. This policy will be enforced for the safety of all guests.
  • Kentucky Campground sites can be occupied by a maximum of 8 occupants. Four (4) adults and children 16 and under are included in the base rate. Each additional adult is $5.00 per night will be collected upon arrival at the park.
  • The pool opens from Memorial Day to August 16 and August 29 to Labor Day. Opening hour is 10am to 6pm, Sunday through Saturday. There is a fee is charged. There is no diving board.
  • Due to seasonal shutdowns, there is no direct water hook up from Oct 31st through Mar 15th.

    Campground Phone Number: (859) 289-3653
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    38.43194, -83.99278
    38°25'55"N, 83°59'34"W

    The park is located 48 miles northeast of Lexington on US 68.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    10299 Maysville Road
    Carlilse  KY  40311

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (859)289-5507