OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park has expanded its cave tours starting Memorial Day weekend.


Guided tours will be available for Cascade Cave, X-Cave, Saltpetre Cave and Bat Cave.


In addition to these tours, the park will be offering crawling and lantern tours inside Saltpetre Cave and a crawling tour of Bat Cave. There’s also a crawling tour of Saltpetre Cave specifically for children ages 6-12.


All tours require guests to take steps to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease that effects bats. It poses no threat to humans.

For more information, call the park at 606-286-4411 or visit www.parks.ky.gov. Tickets and cave tour information is available at the park welcome center.


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, swimming, boating and fishing.


The park is located off Interstate 64 at Exit 161. Take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.





The Kentucky State Parks are part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s effort to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies – including participation in outdoor activities at state parks -- over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health. Visit kyhealthnow.ky.gov



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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