Get you fill of history while hiking the trails at Blue Lick Battlefield State Resort Park.
Whether you’re a history or nature nut (or both), this trail system leads you through different habitats, and also takes you back in time to when battles raged over territory, salt, and freedom.
Blue Lick Battlefield State Resort Park began in 1927 and includes ground where the famous “Last Battle of the American Revolution,” occurred on August 19, 1782.
The park’s unique history includes the salt springs, Blue Licks Springs, that attracted mastodons, ground sloths, bison, and other animals in search of salts. Later, Native Americans and early settlers collected salt by boiling off the water. There is a building which is a reproduction of the fort-like Tanner Station.
In the mid 19th century, the water was bottled and used for medicinal purposes and there was even a spa resort, the Arlington Hotel, that attracted wealthy Southern aristocrats.
As you continue on the trail the Buffalo Trace Trail is the remains of an ancient buffalo path or trace. Imagine you are hiking along the same path that thousands of buffalo used as their pathways.