We went here after realizing that any other state park would be too hot in August, we thought taking a nice cool cave tour in the mid-afternoon would be more tolerable. This was a very nice park, small enough to get most places by car or bicycle in a matter of a couple of minutes, but large enough to have plenty of activities to keep you occupied. The caves were pretty neat, and of coarse nice and cool. The tour guides were good for the most part, one of them seemed aloof at first but he got better and all the other ones were good. Unfortunately only 2 caves were open for the protection of the bats, due to the white nose syndrome affecting them. The pool was great, it was large with a separate pool for diving and another separate one for small children. The only complaint I have about the pool is the music, it was a radio with terrible speakers and only country music. There was horseback riding, mini golf, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Now the restaurant was not the best. It got good reviews so we planned on eating there for 1 dinner and 1 breakfast, someone even said he thought grandma was in the back cooking, well his grandma must not have been a very good cook then. Dinner was extremely slow, the waitress blamed the sudden rush of people, there were about 16 people in the place occupying 3 tables out of 20. They must just not have enough help in the off season. Some were satisfied with their meals but mine was just OK. Paying the bill was a nightmare, we were still trying to figure out what happened the next day, the waitress was ridiculous and we were overcharged . Breakfast food was the same, this other reviewer's grandma must have gotten her gravy from a can because thats what this gravy was... from a can. Our best meals were the ones I cooked at the cottage. Speaking of the cottage, it was very nice, one of the better ones for a state park although unfortunately, you cannot have a camp fire in the area, but they were nice enough to let us go to an unoccupied camp site to use our firewood and marshmallows. It was not extremely well stocked, I could have used a larger pan for pancakes instead of taking an hour making them, and bring your own dishsoap, theirs is about 5% soap. All in all, everyone was nice, the park was beautiful, we enjoyed ourselves and would go back.
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- Also Known As:
- Carter Caves State Hotel Olive Hill
- Olive Hill Carter Caves Resort