We just returned from an 8 day/night camping vacation at Carter Caves. We were a 2 family crew with ages from 5 to 63. We had tent site 114 and my in-laws staid in their RV in the full hookup section. Everyone loved the park, facilities, campgrounds, activities, and people -- this is truly a park with something for everyone and all ages.
The park is just beautiful -- we were blown away from the minute we turned into the resort. This was our first visit to Kentucky and this park fits their logo perfectly, "the nation's finest". Carter Caves is clearly well loved and well taken care of. The citizens of Kentucky should be proud.
The facilities are above average and have so much to do you will never get bored -- unless you want to -- with streams to wade in, caves to explore, excellent welcome center with well priced Kentucky crafts and gifts. simple lodge with a great restaurant, nice large pool area, quiet lake with canoeing and fishing, big playgrounds and recreational facilities, horse stables and trail rides, mini golf, and regular golf, and bike-ped trail facilities.
The campgrounds are great and meet the needs of all campers equally well, which is not something most places do. There is a wooded primitive section for tenters like us and full service section for RVers like my inlaws. All the sites are nicely sized, with something for everyone -- woods, sun, open lots, even a few drive through RV sites for those just passing through -- though not sure why you would just want to pass through Carter Caves. You can even get Wi-Fi in either section. Our one complaint in the entire park was the shower and restroom facilities for the primitive section. They really could use an upgrade as they are old, small, not very clean, and hard to use. Maybe for people on short stays they are OK but for 8 days they are in desperate need of some TLC.
Activities are diverse and ongoing. Want a guided tour of caves -- you can choose 3 different caves each with its own personality and you can even go in the dark. Want to ride a horse -- their are trail rides every hour from 10 - 5. Want to get cooled off in the water -- you can choose a swim in the pool or walk in a cool stream. Want some organized activities -- there are plenty to choose from Thursday - Sunday when the park is at it its busiest. Want to play a round -- you can choose the regular course or just put around the mini-golf course. Want to enjoy nature -- go for a hike, canoe trip, or fish. Want to relax and unwind -- sit back at your site and close your eyes, the sounds of nature will take you away. Want your kids to play -- there are lots of other kids who will happily play and you will feel comfortable that your kids are safe.
Above everything else is the people. They are more then happy to take care of anything you need and talk to you about a place they clearly love more then just any workplace. Special kudos to Kelly in the campground office -- she was just great and we really appreciated her smile and advice. Also Sam the tour guide for the Saltpeter Cave. His love of this cave is infectious and his knowledge unequalled. The people at Carter Cave are just special and help make our vacation great.
So how much did we love Carter Caves? So much that rather than find a new location for our annual family camping vacation, we have already booked another 8 days at Carter Caves next June -- and yes we will be back in site 114. Cannot wait!
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