"Carter Caves" Carter Caves State Resort Park by CoAir13
Carter Caves State Resort Park Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 26 photos
Situated in the hills of North Eastern Kentucky...far away from any big town...sits this gem of a park. Underneath this beautiful wilderness, you'll find over 20 caves to explore either on your own or with a tour guide. In addition, there are 26 miles of hiking trails, canoeing and fishing on the Smokey Valley Lake, and horseback riding. This is a "resort" park so you can also golf the 18 hole course, play tennis and basketball, and cool off in the pool!
The caves aren't the only natural wonder on display here! There are several natural bridges scattered throughout the park. Some need to be hiked to, others are a short walk. Be sure to pick up a map at the Welcome Center. It will give you all the details regarding trail length and difficulty. The hikes are all moderate to difficult because of the hilly terrain. It can get steep and drop- offs can be pretty high!
While Summer has it's sun and heat and clear hiking, Spring has its wildflower blooms, and Autumn has its magnificent foliage, Winter is just as good a time to visit as any other season. There are 2 caves closed because of bat hibernation, but all others are open. For Winter tips and photos check out Stephen-KarenConn's Carter Cave page.
- Pros:Unspoiled beauty at its finest!
- Cons:Bugs...and more bugs!
- In a nutshell:A must see for nature lovers!!
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