Wednesday, 09 04, 2013
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park will host its Tygart Gorge and Arches Hike on Sept. 28.
This is approximately a 9-mile excursion on moderately difficult terrain.
Following a short shuttle ride provided by the park, you will trek from the high elevations into a beautiful gorge created by Tygart Creek. After hiking through an old homestead that was inhabited by a well-known moonshiner, you’ll cross Tygart Creek by foot. Then you’re off to a swinging bridge over the cascading tailwaters of Smoky Lake through the old Johnson homeplace and over another swinging bridge crossing the scenic Smoky Creek.
But that’s not all! You will continue on the trail that leads through four natural bridges found around Carter Caves State Park to the final destination at the park’s welcome center.
Required equipment includes a sack lunch, good hiking boots, footwear for crossing the creek, several bottles of water and a backpack to carry your equipment. Some optional equipment items you may want are sunscreen, camera, sunglasses, binoculars, trekking poles or a hiking stick. There is a $12 fee for this hike. Registration is required. Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 for more information and to make reservations. Meet at the welcome center at 9:30 a.m.
Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing.
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