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First Lady Jane Beshear unveils new equine campsites at Carter Caves State Resort Park

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 17, 2011  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

OLIVE HILL, Ky.– First Lady Jane Beshear officially unveiled the new equine campsites at a grand opening ceremony at Carter Caves State Resort Park today.

The eight sites will allow campers with horses to spend the night and enjoy the more than 20 miles of multi-use trails on the park and adjacent state forest.

“The addition of equine camping at Carter Caves will make the grounds and surrounding area more attractive to trail riders,” Mrs. Beshear said. “This new feature at Carter Caves will be a welcome addition to our list of opportunities in this part of Kentucky.”

The eight sites have electric, water and sewer hookups as well as hitching posts, picnic table and fire ring. The project also added an energy saving bathhouse and a day use parking area that can serve up to five horse trailers or be used as parking for hikers and bike riders. Horse campers also have access to the laundry area and playground that are located in the main part of the campground.

Joining Mrs. Beshear for the opening ceremony were Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, Sen. Robin Webb, Rep. Jill York, and Elaine Wilson, director of the state adventure tourism program.

“Carter Caves State Resort Park is a great camping location and the addition of horse campsites will broaden the appeal,” Sec. Sparrow said. “We appreciate all the help and support this park receives from elected officials, neighbors and guests.”

“The equine community welcomes the addition of campsites at CCSP,” said Sen. Robin Webb, of Grayson.  “Trail and economic opportunities will be enhanced as we expand. I appreciate our First Lady and Governor Beshear for their interest in adventure tourism and trail expansion in northeast Kentucky. I look forward to riding there and using the facilities myself.”

"Horses and the recreation they provide are an important component to Kentucky," said Rep. Jill York, of Grayson.  "The addition of this facility to Carter Caves State Resort Park will make overnight stays possible for riders and their mounts alike. The equine campground is a great reason for visitors to extend their stays and keep exploring our area trails."

The Kentucky State Parks now have four campgrounds with equestrian campsites: Carter Caves, Pennyrile Forest, Dale Hollow Lake and Taylorsville Lake. The Kentucky State Parks operate 31 campgrounds across the state. For information and reservations, visit

Carter Caves State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, Tierney’s Cavern Restaurant, cave tours, golf, mini-golf, gift shop, horse concessions, fishing and hiking trails.