Department of Parks
Pioneer Life Week At Carter Caves State Resort Park Set For July 20-26
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 from July 20-26.
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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.
Some of the programs include tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstrations, flint knapping, spinning and weaving demonstrations and pioneer clothing interpretation.
The evening programs will feature a discussion about the Past, Present & Future of Carter Caves on Tuesday night, a portrayal of Daniel Boone on Wednesday night, frontier stories by the fire at the campground on Thursday night, and a dance at the shelter house at the campground on Friday night.
Country Fair Day will be Saturday, July 25, featuring old farm tools and machinery, woodcarving, seed spitting, flint knapping, frontier food tasting, pottery making, flute music, a pie auction and more. A free ice cream social will be at 4 p.m.
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. During the week, the restaurant will be serving buffalo dishes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
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 52 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 Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov