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Maps & Directions



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

Labs and Lockhouse, along the river:
8309 Mary Ingles Highway
California, KY 41007
859-635-6941
Conference Center & Lodge up on the hill:
8330 Mary Ingles Highway
California, KY 41007
859-448-0476

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

From Thomas More

  • 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 the upper drive on the right for the Lodge OR take the lower drive on the left for the labs and lockhouse

From Cincinnati

  • 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 the upper drive on the right for the Lodge OR take the lower drive on the left for the labs and lockhouse

From I-275, East of Cincinnati

  • 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 the upper drive on the right for the Lodge OR take the lower drive on the left for the labs and lockhouse

From East

  • 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 upper drive on the right for the Lodge OR take the lower drive on the left for the labs and lockhouse

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.