Department of Parks
Pioneer Life Week At Carter Caves July 24-30
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Learn how pioneers cooked over an open fire. See how a long rifle worked. Make Native American tools and throw a tomahawk.
You can experience what Kentucky was like more than 200 years ago during the Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill July 24-30.
This annual event allows visitors to see how pioneers and Native Americans lived. Most events are free to the public. The pioneer encampment near the park campground is open daily and on Sunday, July 30.
At on July 27, visitors can hear from Dr. Thomas Walker, who began exploring Kentucky in 1750. Walker, who is portrayed by Danny Hinton, is part of the Kentucky Chautauqua program.
On July 29, Country Fair Day will be presented. Old farm tools and machinery, woodcarving, seed spitting, music and food are on the agenda. A free ice cream social will be at
Besides the Pioneer Life activities, Carter Caves will continue presenting its normal programs with cave tours and canoe trips. There’s also hiking, golf, mini-golf, fishing, camping, horseback riding and swimming. Carter Caves also has a lodge and restaurant.
For more information, call the park at 1-800-325-0059 or 1-606-286-4411.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 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