This event will give visitors a chance to hike, kayak, climb trees, tour caves, rappel, and learn about winter survival plus a host of other outdoor activities. Guests will be able to select from a list of trips or activities; all trips will led by guides.
Each trip will be rated based on difficulty and skills required. The higher the level, the more skills and special equipment are needed. There will be something for all levels, from beginner to advanced adventurer. Guests will be responsible for appropriate dress, water, snacks, and other items.
The list of the trips, along with registration information and other details for the 2014 event are available at www.winteradventureweekend.com. All participants must register online at this site. The nonrefundable fee for adults (age 13 and older) is $30, and the nonrefundable fee for children ages 6-12 is $20; some trips have additional fees. All participants must be at least 6 years old. Some trips have additional age requirements.
There are many new trips at this year's event, including but not limited to slacklining, geocaching, and a rope-making workshop. The park is also incorporating some wild caving trips in this year’s event, including one being led by old-style carbide cap lamps.
In addition, participants will be able to submit photos in the Winter Photo Salon competition. Categories include winter adventure, caving, and local nature-adventure photos. The images will be shown during the Saturday night program; winners will be awarded ribbons.
For more information about Winter Adventure Weekend or any other event at Carter Caves or to make a reservation for the lodge, call (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