Natural wonders, more than twenty caverns in all, make up the Carter and Cascade Caves system in Eastern Kentucky.
Carter Caves, located in Carter County, Kentucky is an adventure for all who wish to explore caves. Information found on the site http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/carter-caves/history.aspx details the extraordinary appeal to such geological wonders.
Four different cave systems will fascinate everyone. The X Cave is one of these four caves. Named for the x pattern of it passages, this cave with its enormous rock formations will leave many in “awe”.
The Bat Cave, which houses some 40,000 Myotis bats, is opened only during the summer months. Passageways are wet and the ceiling heights can vary from 35 feet to only 4 feet.
The next cave one must see while at Carter Caves State Park is the Saltpetre Cave. During the war of 1812, the Saltpetre Cave was useful in supplying riflemen with gunpowder. Here potassium nitrate (also known as saltpeter) was mined. The potassium nitrate was vital in making gunpowder. Remains of these works are evident today in this cave.
Simon Kenton, a famous frontiersman, visited the Saltpetre Cave in the late 1700's, there is evidence of this found also inside this cave.
Cascade Caves is the largest cave system in Carter Caves.
Amazing natural wonders can found in Cascade Caves, including a 30 foot underground waterfall. Visiting these caves one will encounter an area known as the “Lake Room”, here there is a large pool of water resemblance of a lake underground. These caves too must be accessed by a tour guide.
Carter Caves according to the site http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/carter-caves/history.aspx became a state park in 1946. This Kentucky State Park has lodging, a nine-hole regulation golf course and of course caves to explore.
Visiting this park will provide adventures not to be forgotten.
Found in Carter Caves State Park are several natural bridges, Smokey Bridge is one of these natural bridges. Standing 90 feet in height and 127 feet wide, Smokey Bridge is the largest natural bridge in Kentucky.
Over 30 miles of trails can be accessed inside Carter Caves State Park, making this state park worth visiting at least twice. A bit of Appalachia, a magnificent natural wonder filled with many natural wonders, all in the foothills of Appalachia.
Gather more details about this great place in Appalachia at http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/carter-caves/default.aspx, a site designated to give information about Carter Caves State Park and also other state parks in Kentucky.
Additional caves can be accessed at Carter Caves State Park. Some of these caves require a permit.