Carter Caves State Park is a place I used to go with my family when I was growing up. It is largely unchanged since the 1960s. There are a few new things, and the swimming in the lake is not what it used to be, but so much of it looks and feels the same to me, which is a good thing. Located in Eastern Kentucky, it is a few miles off the I-64 Interstate. You drive down a very winding road with a creek running beside it. There are pull-off areas where you can stop your car, get out, and just wade in this very shallow creek. Highly recommended! The Lodge has decent but not fancy accommodations. This time we stayed in a cabin. There were 2 bedrooms and one bathroom. It was very nice. There was a red fox in the yard of the cabin, and it didn't seem too frightened of us! We kept our distance, and just admired it. Touring the Caves is a good idea. They have tour guides who will take you on a cave tour if you sign up ahead of time. It is quite unique and cool (both temperature-wise and otherwise!) to go into the caves! There is fishing, some canoe trips, and mini-golf. The pool area is nice,,,even a wading pool for the little ones, and what appeared to be a diving pool. But I remembered swimming at the Lake, and was a little disappointed not to see that so much now. We had our family reunion there, and rented a shelter for our dinner and visiting. This cost a little more, but was worth it. They are so popular for family reunions that you have to reserve several months in advance. The people I spoke with on the phone in order to set up the reunion were really helpful and friendly. I would recommend Carter Caves State Resort. Oh, and the food at the Lodge is OK. It is important to note that the Lodge is really the only game in town (no fast food places nearby, unless you want to drive to the Subway shop in Olive Hill, a number of miles away).
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- Also Known As:
- Carter Caves State Hotel Olive Hill
- Olive Hill Carter Caves Resort