Department of Parks
Wildflowers are Theme of Carter Caves Weekend
FRANKFORT, Ky. – If you don’t know your blue phlox from your Dutchman’s britches, the staff at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill will be happy to set you straight during a Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend scheduled for April 28-30.
It’s a weekend devoted to identifying and learning more about the many species of wildflowers scattered through this scenic park.
The special event starts at Friday with a multimedia presentation by retired, long-time naturalist John Tierney depicting the park’s natural beauty.
Then, a full slate of fun is scheduled for Saturday. They include three escorted wildflower walks, including an afternoon hike led by Dr. Allen Risk of Morehead State University. Also scheduled are two canoe trips on Smokey Lake. The hikes are free, and there is a $10 fee for adults for the canoe trips. The country music band Brushfire will hold a free concert at
A canoe trip on Sunday morning concludes the weekend. The cost is $10 for adults.
The wildflower weekend corresponds with Camper Appreciation Weekend. Stay Friday night at the regular camping fee and stay Saturday night free. Also, free continental breakfast will be served to registered campers on Saturday and Sunday morning.
For more information, contact the park at (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