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First Lady Jane Beshear announces $1.3 million for Carter Caves State Resort Park campground

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

OLIVE HILL, Ky. – The campground at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill will receive $1.3 million so horse camping sites can be added, First Lady Jane Beshear announced today.

The expansion of the campground is in the design phase and state park officials estimate between eight and 12 full service sites for horse camping will be added. The new sites will be along an equestrian trail, which covers 10 miles in the park.

“This will make a great addition for Carter Caves State Resort Park and this region,” Mrs. Beshear said. “This is a beautiful part of the state and horse enthusiasts will enjoy visiting and camping here.”

The funding comes from a $60 million bond pool that was approved several years ago by the General Assembly for state park improvements.

Mrs. Beshear was joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer and Rep. Robin Webb.

The park currently has 89 improved campsites with water and electric hookups. Twenty of these sites also have sewage hookups. There are another 31 primitive sites and two bunk houses that hold 12 people each.

Carter Caves State Resort Park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include 26 miles of hiking trails, golf, swimming, boating, fishing and a horseback riding concession.

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.

Two other state parks – Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park and Taylorsville Lake State Park – have horse campsites available.