Department of Parks
27th Annual Crawlathon Set For Jan. 25-27 At Carter Caves State Resort Park
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – One of the most unique caving events of the year is scheduled for Jan. 25-27 when Carter Caves State Resort Park hosts the 27th Annual Crawlathon.
The Crawlathon is unique because it has something for everyone – from the novice to expert spelunker – this weekend has it all for anyone interested in caves.
New this year will be a session on cave photography, three “adult only” cave trips, a “Pirates of the Caverean” treasure hunt and another new cave trip for kids called “Extreme Carter City Connection.” Cave trips and instructional programs are led by experienced guides.
“Some people who attend the Crawlathon have never caved before, while others may be among the best known cavers in the country,” said Carter Caves Naturalist Coy Ainsley. “Anyone interested in caves or caving will find something they can do.”
Anyone who plans to attend the Crawlathon should pay attention to the degree of difficulty for the various cave trips. Some require crawling through tight spots and may not be suitable for people with health problems. Children must be 6 years old to participate in events approved for children.
Information and a printable registration form for the weekend are available at www.crawlathon.com The deadline for postmarked registration is Jan. 15. The fee is $35 for adults (ages 13 and older) and $20 for children (ages 6-12). Participants may sign up for two trips on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Included in the registration fee is access to all evening programs, workshops, cave tours, transportation to selected caves, and a T-shirt for the 2008 event. This fee MUST be returned with your registration form to guarantee your participation. Reservations are by mail only.
Carter Caves State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, Tierney’s Cavern Restaurant, cave tours and canoe trips. For more information and reservations, call the park at 1-800-325-0059 or 1-606-286-4411. Lodging is also available nearby at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park at Greenup.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 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 http://www.parks.ky.gov