Field Station Directions

THERE IS CURRENTLY A DETOUR TO GET TO THE BIOLOGY FIELD STATION.

KY-8 is closed for bridge repair just west of the Biology Field Station. You cannot access the Station from this direction.

All visitors must access the Biology Field Station from the east.

From I-275, take the exit for KY-9/AA Highway. Stay on KY-9 S for approximately 11.7 miles.

From KY-9 S, turn left onto KY-1996. Follow signs to stay on KY-1996. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto KY-8 W. The Biology Field Station will be about 1 miles up the road. Visitors should follow signs for Lodge Parking, unless otherwise instructed.

The Biology Field Station is located on the banks of the Ohio River (RM 451) in Campbell County, near California, KY.

Conference Center & Lodge up on the hill:
8330 Mary Ingles Highway
California, KY 41007
859-448-0476

Parking is available in the parallel parking spots along the Upper Drive to the Lodge. If these spots are full, proceed to the next driveway on right. Drive past the 5 houses and the Lodge, and take the fork to the left to arrive at the Lodge parking lot.

NOTE: Mapquest and other similar sites often send one on a more convoluted route than the directions listed below.

  • Take I-275 East to Exit 77 (Wilder)
  • Turn right onto the AA Highway (Route 546)
  • Travel approximately 10 miles to Route 1997
  • Turn left onto Route 1997 – Travel only 1/2 mile
  • Turn right on to Route 1566 – Travel to the end (~4 miles)
  • Turn right onto Route 8 (a steep and sharp Right turn – be careful!)
  • Travel on Route 8 for ~1 mile
  • Take driveway on the right for the Lodge.
  • Take I-471 – Daniel Beard Bridge (aka “Big Mac” Bridge)
  • Take Exit 1 Route 27 (Alexandria Pike) south past NKU
  • Go through a series of stop lights
  • Turn left onto Industrial Rd (Rt. 1998), just past the Department of Veterans Administration Building
  • Turn right at bottom of hill onto Route 8 (Mary Ingles Highway)
  • Travel ~11 miles to the Station (1 mile past the 12 Mile Creek Bridge – the only bridge you’ll drive over)
  • Take driveway on the right for the Lodge.
  • Take I-275 to Exit 74 (Alexandria)
  • Take Route 27 S past NKU to Industrial Rd (Rt. 1998)
  • Turn left onto Industrial Rd (Rt. 1998), just past the Department of Veterans Administration Building
  • Turn Right at bottom of hill onto Route 8 (Mary Ingles Highway)
  • Travel ~11 miles to the Station (1 mile past the 12 Mile Creek Bridge – the only bridge you’ll drive over)
  • Take driveway on the right for the Lodge.
  • Take AA Highway exit onto Route 1996 (1996 doglegs right then left)
  • Follow 1996 to Route 8
  • Turn left on Route 8
  • Travel approximately 2 miles
  • Take driveway on the right for the Lodge.

NOTE: High Water Directions – When coming from AA Highway and the Ohio River level is greater than 42.0 feet as reported at Cincinnati – detour off route 1566 – right onto Route 2921, turn left onto Painter Road, then left on Route 8.