Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
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Carter Caves State Resort Park is located in Olive Hill. Use our Olive Hill family vacation planner to arrange your visit to Carter Caves State Resort Park and other attractions in Olive Hill.
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I had not been here since 1998, and I can honestly say I have been missing out. This place is really neat. I will be back every year from now on.
There's quite a steep, winding pull to get into the campground. Most sites are nice and level, but the first ones you come to after the check-in office are either sloped or are narrow and don't have g... read more »
What a great park. They have several caves where you can go on tours. The hiking trails were great. I was amazed by three bridges trail. A must see how the creeks cut through the hills. They even have... read more »
The best state park in Kentucky. Hands down. Lots of hiking trails. Great cave trips. And the lodging is top notch.
I was traveling back home to Louisville KY from a family vacation trip in North Carolina. My mom wanted to do a bit of sight seeing and I just wanted to get home, reluctantly I looked at the atlas to see what we could do that wasn't too far off the main rout home and found Carter Caves. I wasn't too interested in seeing caves but looked at the sight to see "things to do" and found many things that sounded like it would be fun for a future visit when I hadn't been driving for 7+ hours. They also said they had playgrounds and I thought that might be just perfect for my 19 month old to stretch his legs for a bit. Upon pulling in I felt we were definitely in the country and I didn't have to feel out of place in my comfy driving attire and groggy state. I got the feeling that this was a place that wasn't meant for the general high end touristy folks, but more for the simple get away. We arrived JUST IN TIME for the last tour of the day of x-caves. And it was better then I had expected! The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and despite having given ALL the tours that day, to what she considered "Large" groups she was still up beat and positive. I did notice that after the tour the shop quickly closed up and the guide left before we could even get in the car after a potty break...But who could blame them I was ready to get home TOO! Since my experience at the caves was good we decided to peek around the area a bit to see if we would come back for a camping trip in the future. We did notice that the tent spaces were VERY close with a few spots as an exception. Better for if you were camping with a small group or with friends. We took note of the sights that seemed to be more separate and noticed they also were reserved for upcoming guests (Must be good spots for sure) I would appreciate if there was some sort of map indicating which sites are good for two families and which are more secluded. We also drove by the cabins and I would have to say the balcony looked a little scary height wise on most but would have to have a great view when the trees are full of leaves. There were a few cabins that looked more sturdy on a solid ground but you loose the view. Didn't see an option for fire pit with the cabins though they did have the charcoal grills they were rather close to the road. Would love to have a way of knowing what your getting before choosing to stay in one. Over all I would love to come and stay for a few days and camp but I wouldn't expect a 4 star stay after all camping is ruffing it so it would be as expected with some perks for "things to do"
I loved this place! There's so much to do! Hiking, caving and fishing. We went on both the Cascade and X Cave tours. They have miles and miles of hiking trails.
We went on the Cascade Cave tour and really enjoyed it. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful.
Stacey Ann Forget
Amazing campground! Definitely look into the cave tours before you visit and plan ahead!
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