Department of Parks
Pioneer Life Week At Carter Caves State Resort Park Set For July 23-29
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – 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 23-29.
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 Monday through Saturday and on Sunday, July 29.
Some of the programs include lantern tours of Saltpetre cave, tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstrations, spinning and weaving demonstrations and pioneer clothing interpretation.
The evening programs will feature a discussion about a lost silver mine on Tuesday night, a portrayal of Squire Boone on Wednesday night, frontier stories by the fire at the campground on Thursday night, and a dance at the new shelter house at the campground on Friday night.
Country Fair Day will be Saturday, July 28, featuring old farm tools and machinery, woodcarving, seed spitting, flint knapping, frontier food tasting, pottery making, music, a pie auction and more. 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.
To get to Carter Caves State Resort Park from Interstate 64 East, take exit 161 (Olive Hill exit). Turn left off the exit onto U.S. 60 east. Go 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