Department of Parks
New Climbing Area Opening July 2 At Carter Caves State Resort Park

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 26, 2015  
Contact Information:  Coy Ainsley,

OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park is opening a new adventure activity area at the park – rappelling and rock climbing.


“We’re glad to add this new adventure activity area at Carter Caves, which already offers so many outdoor activities to guests,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “This climbing and rappelling venue will attract more people to Carter Caves and this area.”


This free, self-guided activity is open to guests at the park. Anyone interested in taking part needs to register at the lodge front desk and obtain a permit. The climbing area will be open July 2 after 2 p.m.


Climbing anchors have been placed in a cliffside along the Three Bridges Trail, and climbers and rappellers can park nearby. Climbers and rappellers will be asked to follow a few rules such as climbing only during daylight hours, not climbing alone and using only the existing anchors for rigging. Climbers and rappellers ages 17 and under must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Climbers and rappellers need to be experienced and must also bring their own equipment.


Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 for more information.


Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, boating and fishing.


The park is located off Interstate 64 at Exit 161. Take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.





Editor’s note: An opening ceremony for the rappelling and rock climbing area will be held July 2 at 1 p.m.



The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at