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Carter Caves State Resort Park
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Type Kentucky state park
Location Carter County, Kentucky
38°22′26″N 83°07′20″W / 38.3740°N 83.1221°W / 38.3740; -83.1221Coordinates: 38°22′26″N 83°07′20″W / 38.3740°N 83.1221°W / 38.3740; -83.1221
Size 1,600 acres
Opened 1946
Operated by Kentucky Department of Parks
Status Open year-round

Carter Caves State Resort Park is located in Carter County, Kentucky, United States, along Tygarts Creek. It is formed by Carter Caves, and nearby Cascade Caves, which were added to the park in 1959. [1] On December 16, 1981, 146 acres (0.59 km2) of the park were designated as nature preserves. Bat Cave and Cascade Caverns State Nature Preserves were dedicated for the protection of the Indiana bat, mountain maple, and Canada yew, all endangered species.[2]

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History

The park was in various private hands for almost 200 years until the last private family owners, the J.F. Lewis family and various other private investors, including local Rotary Clubs, donated the large tract of property to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1946. [3] The purchase of the caves and surrounding land was driven by Governor William Jason Fields, a native of Carter County.[1]

Attractions

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Resort park

Carter Caves is a state resort park that features a lodge, cottages, 18 hole putt-putt course, 9 hole golf course, full-service campground (18 sites now have sewer hook-ups), and immense natural beauty. It is well known for its splendor above and below ground.

Caves

Saltpeter Cave

There are several different Cave Tours offered. All caves, except guided tours of Cascade Cave and X-Cave, have been closed until further notice due to the threat of White nose syndrome, a disease which threatens several endangered species of bats.

Cascade Cave is the name for 3 different caves in the same area and is together the largest cave in the park. It features an underground lake room and an 30-foot (9.1 m) underground waterfall. X Cave, named for the crossing pattern of its passages, features some of the largest rock formations in the park. Saltpetre Cave was mined during the War of 1812 because saltpetre, or potassium nitrate, is a major component in gun powder. Historic activities are a major part of the Saltpetre Cave tour. Bat Cave is also toured in the summer months, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and is considered a "wild" cave tour since the cave has not been improved for walking tours. Bat Cave is closed until further notice because a rare bat disease called White nose syndrome is getting closer to Kentucky. The cave is unique in that it is a hibernaculum for the Indiana Bat in the winter months. [4] Laurel Cave is the most visited of the non-commercial caves in the park, but contains some of the most interesting passages. Laurel Cave is open to the public during regular business hours in the summer months only (Memorial Day - Labor Day). All that is required is a permit available at the Welcome Center/Gift Shop. The permit gives you legal access to Laurel Cave (Summer Months Only), Horn Hollow Caves and the connected Rimstone Cave.[5]

Trails

Trail leading to one of the many caves

Over thirty miles of hiking trails encounter seven natural bridges throughout the park. The Cascade Trail is a three-quarter mile trail passing through Box Canyon. The Three Bridges Trail winds three and a quarter miles and includes the park's largest natural bridge, the Smokey Bridge, which stands an impressive 90 feet (27 m) high and 120 feet (37 m) wide. This trail also passes by Fern Bridge and Raven Bridge as it meanders through the park. The half-mile Natural Bridge Trail passes beneath a third natural bridge, the only one in Kentucky that is paved and supports traffic. Longer trails include the 7.2-mile (11.6 km) Carter Caves Cross Country Trail (The 4Cs Trail) and the ten mile (16 km) Kiser Hollow multi-access trail, which parallels the 4Cs trail for a couple of miles before encircling the outer boundaries of the park's property.

Smokey Valley Lake and Tygarts Creek

Smokey Valley Lake is a 45-acre (180,000 m2) lake within the park. Anglers will find populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie in the lake. The boat is accessible by ramp, but no gasoline motors are permitted.

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References

  1. ^ a b Kleber, John E., ed (1992). "Carter and Cascade Caves". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813117720. 
  2. ^ "Bat Cave SNP". Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission. 2006-12-14. http://www.naturepreserves.ky.gov/stewardship/batcave.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Jonathon F. (2004). Carter Caves State Resort Park, A living History. 
  4. ^ Bailey, Bill (1995). "Carter Caves State Resort Park". Kentucky State Parks. Saginaw, Michigan: Glovebox Guidebooks of America. ISBN 1881139131. 
  5. ^ "Dictionary of Places - Carter Caves and Natural Bridges". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0403099811. 

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Carter Caves State Resort Park is in the Kentucky Appalachians.

Understand

The Carter Caves State Park is located in Carter County, Kentucky, along Tygarts Creek. It is formed by Carter Caves, and nearby Cascade Caves, which were added to the park in 1959.

History

The park was in various private hands for almost 200 years until the last private family owners, the J.F. Lewis family and various other private investors, including local Rotary Clubs, donated the large tract of property to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1946. [3] The purchase of the caves and surrounding land was driven by Governor William Jason Fields, a native of Carter County

Landscape

A part of a wide ring of karst, limestone outcrops around the central Kentucky dome, of which Mammoth Caves, the largest known cave system in the world, resides on the western side south west of Louisville, Kentucky. It lies in eastern Kentucky's foothills of the Appalachia Mountains.

Flora and fauna

On December 16, 1981, 146 acres (0.59 km²) of the park were designated as nature preserves. Bat Cave and Cascade Caverns State Nature Preserves were dedicated for the protection of the Indiana bat, mountain maple, and Canada yew, all endangered species.

Climate

Temperate

Fees/Permits

Entry into the park is free as is the parking. Fees apply to the many but not all the parks activities

Do

Spelunking Horseback riding Boating, fishing, swimming in Smokey Valley Lake and Tygarts Creek. Hiking- There are 13 miles of hiking trails.

Eat

Tierney's Cavern Restaurant seats 100 selections from steaks and seafood to salads locally grown meats and produce.

Drink

Lodging

Lewis Caveland Lodge This beautiful fieldstone lodge offers 28 rooms with full amenities. Each room features a private balcony or patio overlooking the surrounding woodlands. Rooms available by late afternoon. Check-out by noon, Eastern Time.

Cottages Enjoy the seclusion of a beautiful two-bedroom cottage. Eleven are available (10 have 4 queen beds and 1 has 4 double beds). The newly-built structures offer modern conveniences such as automatic dishwashers and microwave ovens along with covered decks that offer scenic views of the park’s wooded hills. Ten of the eleven cottages have two bathrooms. Nine have wood-burning fireplaces. Tableware, cooking utensils and linens are provided with fresh linens available daily. Cottages available by late afternoon.

Camping

Camping Enjoy the great outdoors! The campground features 89 campsites including 30 tent sites with utilities, a dump station, and two central service buildings with rest rooms and showers. The tent sites do not have water or electric. Closed for season from mid-November to mid-March.

Group Camp Buildings, 1-888-459-7275. Two group Camp Buildings located in a primitive campground are available for reservation. Each building contains six bunk beds without mattresses. Linens are not provided. Guests will need to bring their own bedding. Each building is equipped with electrical plugs and lights, and accommodates up to 12 people. $48 per night.

Backcountry

Carter Caves Cross Country Trail and the nine-mile (14 km) Simon Kenton Trail, which parallels the 4Cs trail for a couple of miles before leaving the park, through Tygart's State Forest and on to the 200-mile (320 km) Jenny Wiley Trail.

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