Carter Caves State Resort Park, near Olive Hill, will host its annual Tygart Gorge and Arches Hike on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Following a short shuttle ride, provided by the park, participants will hike from the high elevations into a beautiful gorge created by Tygart Creek. Within the gorge, the excursion will visit an old homestead that was inhabited by a well-known moonshiner before crossing Tygart Creek.
Following the hike along the creek, the group will then cross the swinging bridge over the cascading tail waters of Smoky Lake, visit the old Johnson home place, and then traverse another swinging bridge over the scenic Smoky Creek.
The hike then continues on the trail that leads through four natural bridges found around Carter Caves State Resort Park before heading to the final destination, the park’s welcome center.
This outing is approximately 9-mile hike on moderately difficult terrain.
Required equipment include a sack lunch, good hiking boots, footwear for crossing the creek, several bottles of water, and a backpack to carry equipment. Some optional equipment items may include sunscreen, camera, sunglass, binoculars, and trekking pole or hiking stick.
The fee for this outing is $12.00 per person and registration is required. The hike will begin with the shuttle ride from the welcome center at 9:30 a.m.
For more information about the Tygart Gorge and Arches Hike or any other event at Carter Caves, call the park at (800) 325-0059.
Carter Caves State Resort Park was established in 1946 and, as the name suggests, caves are a big part of the park. Bat Cave is the largest of the caves at the park and is the hibernation location to an estimated 40,000 Indiana bats. Bat Cave is only open to tours in the summer but X Cave and Cascade Cave tours are available year round.
Carter Caves is also home to the Lewis Caveland Lodge. Constructed with native fieldstone, the lodge has 28 rooms, each with a private balcony or patio overlooking the surrounding woodlands. The lodge also has a dining room, Tierney’s Cavern Restaurant, with seating for 100.
Other facilities at the park include cottages, campground, picnic areas, golf course, miniature golf, and a large outdoor pool.
Carter Caves is less than 150 from Metro Louisville via I-64. From exit 161 near Olive Hill, follow the signs to the park. Detailed directions can be found using Google Maps.
Carter Caves State Resort Park
344 Caveland Drive
Olive Hill, KY 41164
Telephone: (606) 286-4411 or (800) 325-0059