Department of Parks
Winter Adventure Weekend Planned Jan. 27-29 at Carter Caves State Resort Park
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of hiking, canoeing, recreational tree climbing, cave tours, winter survival, rappelling and other adventures with its third annual Winter Adventure Weekend, Jan. 27-29, 2012.
Guests will be able to select from a list of trips they want to take – for beginners and advanced winter adventurers alike. All of the trips and events are led by guides.
Each trip level is based on the difficulty and skills required. The higher the level, the more skills and special equipment are needed.. Guests will be responsible for appropriate dress, water, snacks and other items.
The list of the trips, along with registration information and other details for the 2012 event are available at www.winteradventureweekend.com. All participants must register online at this site beginning Monday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. EST. The nonrefundable fee for adults (age 13 and older) is $25, and the nonrefundable fee for children ages 6-12 is $20. (All participants must be at least 6 years old. Some trips have additional age requirements.)
There are many new trips at this year’s event, including a high-line ride, mountain biking, geocaching, campfire cooking, winter tree identification, woman-only backpacking trip and six new adventure presentations held on Saturday. There are also new locations for the recreational tree climbing program and the “down for dummies” rappelling program.
Participants will be able to submit photos in the Winter Photo Salon competition. Categories include winter adventure, caving and local nature-adventure photos. The accepted images will be shown during the Saturday night program, and winners will be awarded ribbons.
The 2011 Winter Adventure Weekend event won a best event award in its class this past November at the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society Conference held in Bowling Green.
Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, swimming, boating and fishing.
The park is 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.
The phone number for the park is 1-800-325-0059.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges – more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov