Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park In Kentucky
Description of the location, recreational activities, and accommodations that can be found at Blue Lick Battlefield State Resort Park in Kentucky.
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.
Overnight travelers can stay in the 32-room Blue Licks Lodge that was completed in 2000. The hospitality room, the suite, and a regular lodge room may be connected into one single unit. The 120-seat dining room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meeting space and banquet facilities are also available and can accommodate up to 100 guests. The gift shop offers an array of Kentucky handcrafts and other souvenir items.
Two executive cottages with two bedrooms are also available. These modern facilities are equipped with cooking utensils and tableware. In addition, cottage guests receive fresh linens each day. The 51-site campground provides utility hookups and a central service building with showers and rest rooms. Water hookups are only available from April to October. No reservations are required.
The community junior-Olympic size pool is a great place to cool off and relax. A bathhouse and concession stand are nearby for convenience to park visitors. The pool is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day with Lifeguards on duty. There is an admission fee for park visitors however, lodge and cottage guests have no admission fees.
The Blue Licks Pioneer Museum offers a short video presentation and a chance to examine mastodon bones, Native American artifacts, and Kentucky pioneer artifacts. The museum is open year-round but hours vary from season to season.
The federally endangered Short's Goldenrod can be found at Blue Licks and is protected in the 15-acre nature preserve. Short's Goldenrod can be linked to the Buffalo Trace hiking trail that lies on the remains of an ancient trampled buffalo path. The River Trail is a one-mile loop trail leading to Licking River. This is near the site where the Shawnee Indians captured Daniel Boone and his men who were on a saltmaking expedition.
The 18-hole miniature golf course is open between April and September and has limited days and hours from Labor Day through September 30 that it is open. The park has two picnic shelters that may be rented as well. One has rest rooms. Tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for convenient family outings. The recreational staff plans and conducts various activities all year long for children and adults. Throughout the year, the park also hosts special events. Some of these include the Reenactment Celebration in August, the Halloween Campout in October, and the Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair in November.
For more information you may write, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, P.O. Box 66, Mount Olivet, KY 41064-0066 or call 606-289-5507 or 1-800-443-7008.