Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

#15 of 60 in Nature in Kentucky
Must see · 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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  • 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 »
  • Caves are amazing. You can ask for permit and tour alone for free or get a guided tour for $15 a person. The park is breathtaking. One of the prettiest places in Kentucky. I am reviewing the on...  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.

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