Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

#15 of 60 in Nature in Kentucky
State Park · Nature / Park
Carter Caves State Resort Park is located in Carter County, Kentucky, United States, along Tygarts Creek. It is formed by Carter Caves, and nearby Cascade Caves, which were added to the park in 1959. On December 16, 1981, 146 acres (59 ha) of the park were designated as nature preserves. Bat Cave and Cascade Caverns State Nature Preserves were dedicated for the protection of the Indiana bat, mountain maple, and Canada yew, all endangered species.
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  • A quick two day getaway with our dog. We had never taken the dog on a trip before. The dog loved hiking through the woods which we did quite a bit. We also loved the hiking trails.  more »
  • Very nice scenic area with lots to see if you’re into a hike or two. The caves and natural bridges are nice too. The camp site trailer pad we had was level, however, the site yard is not. Also, the...  more »
  • Bad experience camping. It ruined my whole time there. Left abruptly. The staff was intrusive to say the least. Came back to my tent and my things had been bothered. Not a good camping locación for...  more »
  • This is a beautifully maintained resort lodge and welcome center. The staff is courteous and super helpful. I went during a music fest and it was great seeing these musicians jamming together. A full day of events took place around the lodge. It was a delightful afternoon. I will be going back to see more of the natural beauty this park has to offer. I saw a red fox on the drive up and that just made my day. Natural and well maintained in one place. Exceptional.
  • This place is really quite a gem. They have quite impressive caverns, cliffs, gorges, and other various massive mineral formations. They have a number of enjoyable trails, and a fair amount of wildlife. I think it would make a good place to set up during the Apocalypse, and have incorporated it into my plans. We stayed in the cabins, which were quite nice except for one thing: there was an infestation.
  • We camped at the camp grounds and found the site quite nice. The only issue was the persistent flies. The tiny grocery store in the camp ground office has a good variety of camping foods, toiletries etc and ice cream bars! The gift shop at the Visitor Center was really nice with a good variety of gifts. We toured Cascade Cave and really enjoyed it. Our tour guide Mason was very personable and fun. The stairs were still very doable with my hurt ankle and fibromyalgia.
  • Very pretty park. Very popular. The campsites are close together. A nearby camper decided to crank up his tunes very loud around 8 pm, and kept it up for a couple of hours. They were moved on the next day. The folks at the site next to ours said the camp is always well managed toke it pleasant and peaceful. There are many families with young children here, all well-behaved and having fun. There is very family-friendly atmosphere. Be sure to visit the gift shop and try the caramel covered marshmallows. We only had time for one cave tour. It was amazing though.
  • I took my Cadette Girl Scouts the walking Bat cave Tour. Our guide Wesley was awesome. He made the girls feel very comfortable. It was just challenging enough that Girls loved it! An came away with a new level of self confidence in themselves. Would definitely reccomed. I'll be back with my 6 year old next year.

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