OLIVE HILL, Ky. -- You can experience what Kentucky was like more than 200 years ago during Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill from July 22-28.


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 28.


Some of the programs include tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstrations, flint knapping, spinning and weaving demonstrations, cabin chinking, primitive fire making, horn smithing demonstrations, and pioneer clothing interpretation.

Now that Saltpetre Cave has reopened for tours, the park will be conducting a few living history lantern tours of the cave again for the first time since the summer of 2008.


Country Fair Day will be Saturday, July 27, featuring old farm tools and machinery, woodcarving, seed spitting, flint knapping, pottery making, pioneer toys, flute music, a pie auction and more. A free ice cream social will be at 4 p.m.


Carter Caves also offers cave tours, canoe trips, hiking, golf, mini-golf, fishing, camping, horseback riding and swimming. Carter Caves also has a lodge and restaurant. During the week, the restaurant will have a “Buffalo Buffet” including buffalo ribs and roast on Friday, July 26.


For more information, call the park at 1-800-325-0059 or 1-606-286-4411.




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 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 website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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