Department of Parks
Carter Caves State Resort Park Set To Host 26th Annual Crawlathon

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 15, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson
(502) 564-8110 Ext. 307

OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park is gearing up for the 26th Annual Crawlathon – a full weekend of cave trips and adventure.


The Crawlathon will be Jan. 26-28 at the park near Olive Hill. The weekend includes wild caving trips, canoeing, pit plunging, vertical workshops, proper techniques of caving workshops, and trips for children.  Trips are offered from Saturday morning through early afternoon on Sunday. 


The Friday evening program includes multimedia presentations on caving topics. On Saturday night there will be a presentation by Jim Pisarowicz on the History of the Exploration of the Caves of the Black Hills, which includes Wind Cave and Jewel Cave, two of the longest caves in the world. The presentation will be followed by the famous “Squeezebox Competition,” which involves crawling through a box that represents a narrow cave passage. 


Registration is $30 for adults (ages 13 and older); $15 for children 6-12. Fee includes access to all evening programs, workshops, cave tours (two trips Saturday and one trip Sunday), transportation to caves, and a t-shirt. You must be at least 6 years old to participate.


Pre-registration will begin Dec. 16 and end on January 16, 2007. On site registration begins at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26. Payment must be received with the pre-registration.


Call Coy Ainsley at 1-800-325-0059 for information. Forms and other information about the weekend is available at


Carter Caves State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, restaurant and campground.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at