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Carter Caves State Resort

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344 Caveland Drive, Olive Hill, KY 41164
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am still here..the restaurant has great food.only thing room missing is a refrigerator. Construction block view from balcony..room is very quiet which is great.being in state park is nice.seeing caves and being able to hike right out the door a close distance is nice

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your post. Sorry the on going construction blocked your view, but hopefully that will be over soon as we strive to improve YOUR state park. Again THANK YOU for your visit and we hope to serve you again in the future. More 

Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family toured two of the caves. The tour guides were very nice and informative. My son loved the gem/fossil mining at the visitor center and is must do for young children. He wanted to go back the following day. We will be back during our next visit to the area.

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your post. We love the fact you mentioned the Gem Mine as it is something we are very proud to have. Thank you again for your post and your visit. See you soon hopefully. More 

Olive Hill, Kentucky
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family loves camping at Carter Caves. It is a very nice and clean campground. I am very glad to see the upgrade they are doing on the bath house. I do hope they put in more camping spots with electric and water sites. Also the employees at the camp ground is always hard at work. Keep up the good... More 

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your post and most of all for your business. We truly look forward to hearing from our guests. Your posts allowws us to see what we are doing right or what we need to work on. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

Hartwell, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This park is very educational with great hiking an tours of caves. Children love this park! I think you will be happy with the educational part but if you stay in the lodge please request a room upstairs. You can hear everything that goes on if you are in the room below. The rooms are updated but are dark and... More 

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your stay and very good advise on asking for the top floor. Our lodge is an older lodge and yes you tend to hear the people above you move around. THANK YOU for your visit and your post. We hope to serve you again in the future. More 

Morehead, Kentucky
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented a cottage, and were really excited to stay in it. When we walked in, a strong smell overwhelmed us. We thought perhaps there was a dead fish or animal in the place and sprayed air freshener, but while looking for the missing remote under the bed, we found the culprit--a dirty diaper left by the previous customers. The... More 

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your post but most of all for your stay. You have pointed out some good points that I have brought to the attention of our HK staff. The floors are mopped its just that with the type of flooring we have its tough to prove that. I myself went into a room and mopped it and came... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here 3 nights in mid week. Our room 282 was a king room with lots of space & comfortable bed. Nice quiet clean room, flat panel TV, located just off the main lobby. Handicapped accessible & close to parking. The balcony was disappointing. It partially overlooked the kitchen roof & needed cleaning. Didn't matter much to us because... More 

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your post and most of all your stay with us. We appreciate you taking the time to post about your stay. We try to do our best and it helps when folks let us know. Again THANKS for the post and most of all your visit. More 

Nicholasville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We were tent campers and were very thankful to have a flat, dry site. We were caught between great neighbors (obviously came to spend time outdoors and fairly quiet) and then...awful neighbors, as in, some people simply do not know how to be considerate in a busy campground - noisy during the day with car stereo blaring and noisy at... More 

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your stay. You pointed oout some very good points. I will speak with our Rangers about getting out more on foot rather than driving through. Our plan is to do some remodeling of the upper bath house you mentioned this winter as long as funds will allow it. Our mini-golf... More 

Ashland, Kentucky
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The front desk when I called yesterday immediately transferred me to the campground when I clearly asked about the cabins and rooms. But they would not even let me talk before I could tell them before being transferred. Other than that the campground staff was very nice. We loved pioneer life week. We will be coming back soon.

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your post and thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have passed this information along to our front desk and advied them that this form of service will not be tolerated. Again THANK YOU for your post but most of all for your visit. Hope to see you again someday. More 

Richmond, Kentucky
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

First time camping there and it was very hot and humid, rainy and muddy. The grounds for camping were basic and small. Our camp site was slightly trashed, we spend time cleaning the area first before setting up camp. The fire pit consisted of rocks in a circle. The people working there were adequate but not overly friendly. The bath... More 

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your post. I do apologize that your stay was not up to your expectations. Weather has not cooperated with our area for the past few weeks. The weatherman reported that it has rained 31 out of the last 38 days in our area. Our area was hit with a really bad storm the week of July 13th.... More 

Willow Wood, Ohio, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Campground is going down hill. Understaffed and Ranger only went through one time while we were there. Bathrooms were dirty and 2 showers were broken. Staff member sign up while he was cleaning bathrooms but he was standing there texing on his phone. Young kids working in camp store....no respect for the park or the integrity of Carter Caves and... More 

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Chris P, Manager at Carter Caves State Resort, responded to this review

THANK YOU for ppointing out a few things that need my immediate attention. I have had a discussion with our campground staff and we discussed the issues you pointed out. THANK YOU for sharing them. We hope to serve you again someday. More 

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