This was our second time at Carter Caves State Park. I can say that we had a great time. There is a multitude of things to do they have a large number of hiking trails, two cave tours and canoeing. They do have full hook up sites available but because they back up next to one of the campground roads we did not stay at one, our site did have water and electric. Pad was large. As with most state parks it is showing it's age. The site next to ours the electric did not work. Carter caves in in a remote area do not expect for there to be a lot of stores or shops in the county. - depguy
The campground area is fairly small and pads are close together, much like many older KY state parks that were originally built by the CCC. The access roads are narrow and have some tight turns and steep grades, but we saw a number of mid-length travel trailers in the campground (30-35' long.) Be advised that there is a hairpin turn just past the Welcome Center with a very steep grade just as the turn ends - underpowered vehicles will have difficulty here and backing (if required) will be a challenge. Bring your own firewood as we did not see any for sale inside the park. Double-check your utility distances unless you have extensions handy.
Our spot, B-48, was near the rear restrooms, but unfortunately many KY state parks do not fully open all facilities until Memorial Day weekend, so we had to use the restrooms at the check-in station at the campground entrance. These restrooms were quite old and worn, but were cleaned regularly. Most posts were in great shape, but a few of the pull-throughs looked a bit worn. Utilities were in good order and looked well maintained, although in some spots they are a long distance from the pad and will require extensions. Distances for utilities are provided on the reservation website and are accurate, so check the description first to be sure you will be able to reach.
Many of the spots are fairly level (ours required only minor front-rear leveling) but some of the pull-throughs will require substantial effort to achieve level. Check-in was easy, park staff were very courteous and helpful, and the campground host was easy to find at all times and quite friendly.
The park itself is really beautiful, clean, and well maintained. It offers much to do (mini-golf, 'gem mining', horseback stables, cave tours, boating, hiking, bird watching, wildflowers, etc.) There are a number of planned activities as well that are posted all over the park. We will definitely camp here again. - WrongWayRandall
This was our first trip, and as novices, we were not sure what to expect. The campground was very small and the sites were on top of each other. Our site was horrible to get into (we stayed at #15). I don’t know how anyone could ever pull into the next site #13 to us. Narrow roads, trees and a poorly situated dip in the road made it very difficult for us to maneuver into the spot. Also, our fire pit was so close to the camper pad we couldn’t open our awing. We had to haul the (heavy) picnic table back over to our site, because there were two at the next site over. Some of the other sites, which were recommended to us, were booked, but we found upon our arrival that #23, 36 and 37 looked very nice. We were near the bathhouse, which was old and dated, but found it to be clean and well-heated. I showered there, and had plenty of hot water. Showers areas were roomy enough, and again well heated. It was still very chilly on this Easter Weekend, so I was happy to go to a heated bathroom. As recommended, we bought firewood locally (at the campground) but found it to be fresh wood, which did not burn at all. We loved the campground activities. They just opened a “gold mine” area but we didn’t do that with the kids. We did go on the cave tour (highly recommended). There were many closed tours due to the unfortunate outbreak of “white-nose syndrome” (killing bats) but we had a delightful tour. The kids and I attended a haunted ghost story at the Lodge one evening. The hiking was great, and we did the moderate (few rough climbs) 3.5 mile trail around the campground (recommended). Overall, the camping sites were much less desirable than the overall camping experience. I would love to go back but will definitely avoid the sites in the middle of the grounds and find another place to buy firewood. No alcohol on the allowed property and if you want a cocktail, prepare to drive 30 minutes into Moorhead because Carter County is dry! - Von-Burtons