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Old bison trace (trail) ~ photo by Greg Abernathy

Blue Licks State Park Nature Preserve

Location: Robertson County
Size: 53 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to Public
Brochure/Trail Map: 

Kentucky Department of Parks
Purchased with Assistance of: 
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
Dedicated Dec. 16, 1981, Blue Licks State Park Nature Preserve consists of 53 acres located in Robertson County within Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. This area was dedicated into the nature preserves system for the protection of Short's goldenrod (Solidago shortii), a species of plant that is a near-endemic to Kentucky (one site in Indiana) and one of the rarest worldwide. Short's goldenrod is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
  • Features - globally rare plant, relict bison trail, glade
  • Access - 0.25 mile foot path along buffalo trace, easy
  • Facilities - state park
  • Parking - abundant
  • Activities - hiking, birding, nature study, etc.
  • Directions - Robertson County just north of the Licking River on US 68. From Maysville, take US 68 south 25 miles to park entrance; from Paris, take US 68 north 23 miles to park entrance; from Cynthiana take KY 32/36 east 14 miles to US 68, take US 68 north 9 miles to park entrance.

State nature preserves located within Kentucky state parks are special places with different management priorities. While the parks are there primarily for public recreation, the acreage that has been dedicated as a nature preserve is set aside for the rare, threatened or endangered species and communities that occur there. KSNPC is focused on management for these species and communities while providing opportunities for scientific research and nonconsumptive recreation. For information concerning the use of state park facilities, programs, recreation opportunities and lodging visit the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park website.