Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park

Park Activities

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Miniature Golf
  • Orienteering
  • Playgrounds
  • Water Recreation
  • Wildflower Viewing
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
10299 Maysville Rd.
Carlisle, KY 40311
Carlisle, KY
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region


Top Five Things to Do
1. Enjoy a visit to the Pioneer Museum.
2. Find that special Kentucky Proud specialty item in our Gift Shop.
3. Retrace the steps of Daniel Boone and the ancient buffalo on our trails.
4. Visit the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War.
5. Dine in at Hidden Waters Restaurant.

Lodging & Camping
The lodge offers 32 rooms with full amenities, including two suites, one of which can be used as a hospitality center for meetings and family reunions. Open year-round. Rooms are available by 4 p.m. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m., local time. The park also has two cottages. We are now pet friendly! No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. The campground is open mid-March through mid-November and has 51 sites, each with standard electric and water hookups for tent or RV campers. (Utility hook-ups require an extended water hose or electrical cord due to distance from pedestal.)

Hidden Waters Restaurant
Enjoy gorgeous scenery while dining in the restaurant. As a supporter of the Kentucky Proud program, we use local meats and produce when available and now serve Kentucky wine and spirits in the restaurant.
Restaurant Hours - Dine In
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 8 -10 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 8 -10 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 -10 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 -10 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 8 -10 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Each of the three meeting rooms has its own unique setting: the Arlington Room boasts wide, sunny windows and is just adjacent to the restaurant; the Daniel Boone Room offers a beautiful stone fireplace and a private patio with a view of the woods; the Pavilion Room is adjacent to the Daniel Boone Room and outside disturbances are kept at a minimum. These options are great places to hold your next business meeting or event, and the lodge’s helpful staff will ensure the planning and execution goes smoothly. For information about hosting weddings and groups CLICK HERE.

Things to Do
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.

Free boat access to the Licking River. Guests must provide their own canoe or kayak.

Gift Shop
We are proud to offer a very unique selection of KY handcrafted products at our lodge gift shop, many of which are locally made. High quality pottery from six unique Kentucky artisans can be found throughout the shop, along with handcrafted baskets, lavender fragrances, punched-tin prints, note cards, painted gourds, soaps, walking sticks and a large selection of books and cookbooks by Kentucky authors. Kentucky food products include salsa, jams, mustards, hot sauces and a wide variety of sweets.

Please be mindful that pets are not allowed on any park trails that share land with State Nature Preserves or are in protected archaeological areas. This includes a few trails at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. These trails will be posted as such.
  • Buffalo Trace (.15 mile) - is where the trampled remains are of an ancient buffalo path.
  • The Licking River Trail (1 mile) - a one-mile loop trail to the Licking River, near the site where Daniel Boone and his men were captured by Shawnee Indians on a salt-making expedition
  • Savannah Loop (0.5 mile)
  • Indian Loop Trail (0.8 mile)
  • The Heritage Trail (2.5 mile)

Miniature Golf
Our 18-hole, miniature golf course is perfect for family entertainment. The mini-golf course is open seasonally and dependent upon weather. Equipment rental is available at the front desk of the Worthington Lodge.

Learn more about the fascinating history of Blue Licks in the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy a short video presentation and examine mastodon bones, Native American and Kentucky pioneer artifacts.
March 16 - October 31 - Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday only. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday only. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. November 1 - March 15 – Closed. Please call 859-289-5507 for more information.

Two picnic shelters (one with rest rooms), are available for rental up to two years in advance. Tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for a great picnic outing.

Children's playground located near the mini golf course and picnic shelter.

Wildflower Viewing
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.