Department of Parks
Carter Caves State Resort Park Paddling Trips Set
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park is hosting several kayak and canoe trips this spring.
The Tygart Creek Paddle Excursion and Grayson Lake Paddle Trip will be offered on dates starting March 28 through June 13. Here are the details:
Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions
March 28, April 4, April 26, May 9
This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that takes you down Tygart Creek, cutting through Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge. You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours. The park will provide canoes, paddles, life vest, shuttle ride from the Welcome Center and guides for your trip. The park does not have kayaks, although paddlers have the option to bring their own kayak. Participants should have some paddle experience before signing up for these trips. You will see high cliff sides and the natural beauty that the spring has to offer. We will also take a side trip into one of Kentucky’s largest natural limestone tunnels. Required equipment includes; the correct attire for cool weather paddling, a complete change of clothes, treaded footwear, flashlight (for natural tunnel visit), sack lunch, bottled water and a dry bag for your supplies. The cost is $25 per person. Limited space is available and registration is required. Call 1-800-325-0059 to register. Participants meet at the Welcome Center at 9:30 a.m. This trip can be canceled due to high or low water levels or extreme weather conditions.
Grayson Lake Paddle Trip
May 10 and June 13
Grayson Lake is a cliff-lined reservoir considered by some to be the most aesthetically pleasing paddle within 75 miles of this area. This is a 7-mile loop by canoe or kayak on flat water. The park does not have kayaks, although paddlers have the option to bring their own kayak for the trip. Meet at Carter Caves State Resort Park Welcome Center and take about a 40-minute commute to the launch area. From there we will be on the water for about 4-5 hours. We will find a nice rock outcrop and stretch our legs and take a lunch break. Canoes, paddles and life vests will be provided along with transportation to and from the put-in and a guide. If you plan to bring your own kayak, please make this known when registering. This trip can be canceled due to extreme weather conditions. Equipment suggestions include sunscreen, hat, camera, lunch, water and a dry bag for your equipment. The cost is $35 per person. The trip will meet at the Welcome Center at 9 a.m. Limited space is available, and you must call the park at 1-800-325-0059 to register.
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, horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing.
Directions: From Interstate 64, 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.
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 http://www.parks.ky.gov