Department of Parks
Volunteers From Nine States To Work At Carter Caves State Resort Park
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Nearly 100 volunteers from nine states are scheduled to work at Carter Caves State Resort Park this weekend as part of the 2nd Annual Carter Caves Restoration Camp.
The volunteers will work on projects such as removing graffiti from caves, cleaning trails and repairing any damage from vandalism to help return the caves to their natural state. The volunteers, which include 40 Boy Scouts, will spend the March 29-30 weekend at the park.
The Esso Grotto, a group of cavers from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, is sponsoring the event. “Most of the work we do will be underground in the caves,” said Grotto President Jonathon Lewis. “The volunteers are working to preserve these caves so everyone can enjoy them.”
The park is the home of 20 caves and several natural arches. Five caves are open for tours depending upon the season. For more details, visit www.parks.ky.gov Each January, the park hosts its annual Crawlathon event – a weekend of cave tours, games and workshops for anyone interested in caving.
Carter Caves State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, Tierney’s Cavern Restaurant, cave tours and canoe trips. There’s also hiking, golf, mini-golf, fishing and a campground. For more information and reservations, call the park at 1-800-325-0059 or 1-606-286-4411.
To reach Carter Caves, take exit 161 off Interstate 64 at Olive Hill. Go east on U.S. 60 for approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. Park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.
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