Our focus is 2 trails originally blazed by NKY Group: Cedar Trace & Bison Spur. Most work is trail cleanup and repair, sign repair, clearing & trimming weeds, fallen debris, bushes & small trees. Trails go through a quiet woods with a wood bridge over an intermittent stream. Bison Spur passes a public viewing path along pasture fences where the park’s bison herd can sometimes be viewed.
The work will be easy to moderate – hiking over 2 miles in 4 hours while carrying lightweight tools and doing light manual labor. There are several climbs and descents up to 150’ each. Wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes with good treads and work gloves. Bring your own liquid and snacks. If weather is nice, we can pack lunches to eat in the woods - there are picnic tables at some trail junctions.
Trails might be muddy, slippery or tricky. There are no restrooms along the trails but restrooms in the museum building near where we park may be open - not guaranteed. We will be working at times upto an hour hike from our cars.
All outing participants must sign that Sierra Club’s liability waiver and acknowledgement of self-risk. A parent or legal guardian must sign for minors, including unaccompanied minors who are at least 13 yrs old.
Find more info and a trail map for Big Bone Lick in NKY Group’s online Tri-State Hiking Guide: http://www.sierraclub.org/cumberland/northern-kentucky/tristate-hiking-guide
RSVP here, or phone or email your name, email address and a last-minute phone # by 8pm Friday Apr 5 to the outing leader. Expect email or phone message before 8am Saturday if postponed or cancelled.
Big Bone Lick State Park entrance is 15-20 minutes west of I-71 / 75 exit # 175 on KY-338. Going west from 71 / 75 this route changes streets a couple times, so follow the 338 signs. Eventually descend into a big valley where cell service wanes. Look for the park entrance on the left. Turn in, cross a concrete bridge, then wind around a big bend to reach a 4-way stop below a big hill. Turn right and drive to the parking lot near the museum. Leader is John Robbins,[masked] (voice or text), [masked]