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Carter Caves State Resort Park raises $8,000 for school backpack program to help feed hungry children

Carter Caves State Resort Park has raised $8,000 to support a backpack program in Carter County schools that helps feed hungry children. The park accepted cash and food donations during its recent Halloween Haunted Trail. Besides the money, about 700 food items were donated. Carter Caves Park Manager Chris Perry (left) stands with Vicki and Doug Boster, who donated food to the park’s food drive.The...

Traditional music from the hills of Eastern Kentucky — Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ set for Sept. 4-7

The annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ is slated for Sept. 4-7 at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The event will feature traditional music from the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Named for J.P. Fraley, a Kentucky native well-known throughout Appalachia for collecting fiddle titles at various festivals in Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina, the festival began as a family reunion in the early...

Experience frontier living during Carter Caves State Resort Park’s 28th annual Pioneer Life Week

Find out about frontier life in Kentucky by visiting Carter Caves State Resort Park for the 28th Annual Pioneer Life Week July 22-29. This event focuses on life in Kentucky in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground registration building. A display during Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves. See re-enactors...

Kentucky State Parks getting $50 million more in improvements to ‘guest experiences’

Announcing $50 million in infrastructure projects to bolster and make improvements to Kentucky State Parks, Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed House Bill 268, a measure that made the parks funding possible. The $50 million for parks was included in a bond issue approved earlier this year by Gov. Bevin and the 2019 General Assembly. The money will address the most critical needs within the parks...

Kentucky State Parks to hear public comment Feb. 27 on grant for Carter Caves campground upgrades

The Kentucky State Parks will hold a public hearing Feb. 27 for a grant to help make campground improvements at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The campground at Carter Caves State Resort Park (Photo from KSP) The hearing will be at 6 p.m. EST at Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Drive, Olive Hill, as part of the Kentucky Department of Parks Land and Water Conservation Fund grant process. The...

Cave Tours, hiking featured at Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 24-27 at Carter Caves State Park

Cave tours, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing, and guided hikes are among over 200 activities and experiences offered at the 10th annual Winter Adventure Weekend, set for Jan. 24-27, 2019, at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The four-day event offers 220 instructional workshops and field trips for beginners to advanced winter adventurers based on difficulty and skills required. New field trips...

Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ set for Sept. 5-8 at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill

The annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ is set for Sept. 5-8 at the Carter Caves State Resort Park. The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and Eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as dulcimer,...

Carter Caves State Resort Park to showcase pioneer life in late 18th, early 19th centuries July 23-29

A weeklong event featuring pioneering life in Kentucky will be presented at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill July 23-29. The annual Pioneer Life Week showcases life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground. Guests can also see reenactors demonstrate the skills that were needed for life...

September two-for-one camping deal offered at Kentucky State Park campgrounds

Kentucky State Parks are offering a weekday camping special this September. Guests can purchase one night of camping Sunday through Thursday and get a second consecutive night free from Sunday through Thursday. The offer is good from Sept. 4 through Sept. 27. When making reservations online, guests should use the promo code “Fall2018.” Three Kentucky State Parks have slightly different camping...

Carter Caves State Resort Park offering Tygarts Creek paddling trips on six dates in April and May

Plan a spring adventure on Tygarts Creek on a canoe or kayak with a 6-mile excursion hosted by Carter Caves State Resort Park. The park is offering guided trips on six dates in 2018 – April 14, 21, 29 and May 2, 6 and 12. Paddling on Tygarts Creek (Photo from KSP) The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges. The park will provide canoes or...

Olive Hill’s Carter Caves State Resort Park to host Eastern Mining Collectors Show on April 7

Learn about the history of mining or buy a few antiques at the Eastern Mining Collectors Association’s annual Spring Meet and Show at Carter Caves State Resort Park on Saturday, April 7. A recent mining show at Carter Caves (Photo from KSP) Vendors from across the country will be at the show to sell, buy and trade mining artifacts used in the mining of coal, gold, silver and copper. The artifacts...

Carter Caves State Resort Park to host ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend January 25-28

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 25-28, 2018. Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures. A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers...

Garden Club of Kentucky to dedicate Monarch Butterfly waystations at William Whitley, Carter Caves

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate two more Monarch butterfly waystations at the William Whitley House State Historic Site and Carter Caves State Resort Park in September. The William Whitley House ceremony is Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. and the Carter Caves event is Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky have worked with state parks and other groups to design and install Monarch...

Carter Caves State Resort Park the site for annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ Sept. 6-9

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ from Sept. 6-9. The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as dulcimer,...

Back in Time: Carter Caves State Resort Park site for 26th annual Pioneer Life Week

The 26th Annual Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves State Resort Park will be held through Saturday. The weeklong event focuses on special programs that show life on the Kentucky frontier in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the pioneer camp near the Carter Caves campground registration building. Re-enactors will demonstrate skills that were needed for...

Carter Caves State Resort Park offering five opportunities for Tygarts Creek paddle excursions

Carter Caves State Resort Park is offering paddling excursions on Tygarts Creek this spring. This 6-mile canoe or kayak trip will go down Tygarts Creek, cutting through Kentucky’s most scenic limestone gorge. The excursions will last about 3.5 hours. The park will provide canoes, paddles, life vest, shuttle ride from the Welcome Center and guides for your trip. The park does not have kayaks,...

Eastern Mining Collectors Association sets sixth annual spring meet at show at Carter Caves

The Eastern Mining Collectors Association will hold its sixth annual Spring Meet and Show at Carter Caves State Resort Park on April 1. Learn about the rich history of coal mining in Eastern Kentucky at this free event. Vendors from across the country and as far away as California will be at the show to sell, buy and trade mining artifacts used in the mining of coal, gold, silver and copper. The artifacts...

Kentucky State Parks to issue requests for management proposals for nine-hole golf courses

The Kentucky State Parks Department announced that it will solicit requests for three of its 9-hole golf courses. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be issued for the 9-hole golf courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill and Kincaid Lake State Park near Falmouth. Kentucky State Parks is looking for a private concessionaire to operate these two courses. Additionally, the park system will...

Dinner theater production of Ghost of Windsor Manor presented at Carter Caves State Resort Park

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host a dinner theater entitled “The Ghost of Windsor Manor” Nov. 4-5, 2016. The performing group Murder and Merriment, who had their debut performance at Carter Caves this past Valentine’s Weekend, return to perform another interactive and entertaining murder mystery performance. “The Ghost of Windsor Manor” is about an eccentric spinster aunt who calls...

Laurel and Horn Hollow caves re-open at Carter Caves; Music Gatherin’ set for Sept. 7-10

Two caves at Carter Caves State Resort Park have reopened for self-guided tours. Laurel and Horn Hollow caves were closed in 2009 due to the spread of white-nose syndrome among bat populations. White-nose syndrome was found at Carter Caves in 2013. There was interest in reopening Laurel and Horn Hollow caves and the emphasis now is focused on limiting the spread of the disease, which does not effect...