Department of Parks
Pioneer Life Week July 20-26 at Carter Caves

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Coy Ainsley,

OLIVE HILL, Ky. – You can experience what Kentucky was like more than 200 years ago during Pioneer Life Week, July 20-26, at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill.


This annual event allows visitors to see how pioneers and Native Americans lived. Most events are free to the public. The pioneer encampment near the park campground is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.


Some of the programs include tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstrations, flint knapping, spinning and weaving demonstrations, primitive fire making, horn smithing demonstrations, pioneer clothing interpretation, salt making demonstrations and living history tours of Saltpetre Cave.


Country Fair Day will be Saturday, July 25, featuring old farm tools and machinery, woodcarving, seed spitting, flint knapping, pioneer toys, flute music, a pie auction and more. A free ice cream social will be at 4 p.m.


Carter Caves State Resort Park also offers cave tours, canoe trips, hiking, golf, mini-golf, fishing, camping, horseback riding and swimming. Carter Caves also has a lodge and restaurant. During the week, the restaurant will have a buffalo buffet including buffalo ribs, stew, meatloaf and roast on Friday, July 24. 


For more information, call the park at 1-800-325-0059 or 1-606-286-4411.





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