Carter Caves State Resort Park

     


Olive Hill, Kentucky
Phone: (606) 286-4411

Sites: 89
Avg. Rate: $27

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Latitude: 38.3754593711768
Longitude: -83.1307125091553

Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 12
  • Good 8
  • Average 5
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

26 Reviews

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Von-Burtons

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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! We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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kycamper02

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate we got was with discount added. We would have gave the campground a 10, but the sites were a little close for our liking. Other than that we loved the park. The caves were OK, but the trails were outstanding. People were friendly and it was a really family friendly campground. We will be staying here again when we get a chance. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Travel Trailer.

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carderh

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

(These are comments for a one-night stay) The campground was an 8 or 9 for us, but the getting-there was a little more difficult. Although the roads into the campground were newly paved, it took us 18 minutes to get the 6.5 curvy miles from the Interstate to the campground. That was a little more than the map-shown 4 miles, and for a one-night stay, a little far. The host was very pleasant and helpful. We wouldn't probably do an over nighter again, but would for an extended stay. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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The Happy Traveler

Review Count: 81
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Located about six miles north of I-64 and marked well from the interstate and local roads. The state park itself is simply beautiful and worth the visit. The campground, well, was a campground with some level and some not-so-level sites. Some spaces were pretty close to one another, while others were spacious. A number of sites had a steep drop off next to the camper pad. 30 Amp extension cord and extension hoses are mandatory at most sites. Some sites are paved, most are graveled. Only selected sites have sewer. There is no wi-fi in the campground. Some roadway areas had asphalt missing and were course graveled. Bathrooms were overused and not cleaned with adequate frequency. There was only one male shower stall in the outer loop, and it was grimy. Check-in procedures were friendly and efficient. Excellent AT&T phone coverage. Neighbor to my camper attempted to preach the Book of Revelation to me, starting off by asking me if I would wear a white robe one day. Strange. Next morning, a child almost ran over me on a bicycle. Perhaps it was because I was not wearing the white robe. The parent hardly said a word to the child. Nevertheless, we would come again. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Travel Trailer.

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John and Kathi

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here with our dogs the week before Halloween. Great caves and sights, friendly people in area, campground had only 30 camping units this week. Old mini golf was fun/easy. Lake was not much, did not take canoe out at all. Out of state fishing license was $35.00 / did not go. Hiking trails are good and scenic. Deer are easy to spot and enjoy. Park well taken care of except lake area, unused and run down for several years. For boating go to Cave run. Sites are very close and most in open. A couple which back up to woods and pool road are best. Overall one of the best campgrounds we have used. As with most state parks money is tight to keep them updated and in top shape. Take extra water line and electric cord / hook ups are as much as 50 feet away. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Travel Trailer.

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FloridianOnTheRoad

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice park set up on a “mountain” top in a beautiful forest. Our packed gravel back-in site was mostly level and was a full hook-up. The utility hook-ups are strangely located and everyone should bring extra water hose, extra sewer hose and a power cord extension. Pre-registration online is advisable because the web site includes a good description of each site and helps in picking out a level site with utilities that are reasonably close-by. There is a nice slate of planned activities every day at this park. Most are either free or very low cost. The cave tours are definitely worth doing. There was no CATV and WiFi is available only by driving to the lodge. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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Andy L

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park. We were only able to spend one night, so want to return for a longer visit. Good site, but water and electricity were a long way from the pad. The site was listed as level, but was not. The rate reflects a reservation fee. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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busyteach

Review Count: 46
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent a weekend here and found the park to be pleasing with lots of shade. We did have a little difficulty finding our site as we came in after dark, but luckily a ranger was out and guided us. Sites were spaced so it did not seem crowded and campers were thoughtful. We used our own shower, but the bathrooms were clean, however, needed some routine maintenance. We walked to the resort restaurant and enjoyed the delicious buffet (no toad vehicle). We had a short stay so did not have time to go to the caves. We would return. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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joanne hitch

Review Count: 67
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for a week at this beautiful campground. We had a large site with shade. The state park was clean and dry even with all the rain they have been getting. We would definitely recommend this campground to everyone. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Sherib

Review Count: 44
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

For a state park campground, this place was wonderful. Sites were large and well spaced. There were some trees, enough to provide shade yet allow satellite reception. Streets were paved and sites were gravel. Only reason not rated 10 is the w/e hook up is not very close to the pad. You may need an extension. Other than that, it was great. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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MeetTheGriswolds

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park, sites are spacious. Lots of activities, we were here during Pioneer life week. The road leading to the park is very winding with sharp, blind curves, the only drawback. WiFi available and very strong in the Lodge. Cave tours were average. Enjoyed our stay. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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tx_rambler

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park. We were just passing through in the off-season but I can imagine it would be a lot of fun in the summer. It was clean and well-maintained. There is a restaurant at the lodge and while the food was excellent, the menu was a little thin. We toured one of the caves as well and it was worth the 9 bucks. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Travel Trailer.

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peddy dick

Review Count: 257
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

I would not try this park in anything bigger than a 40ft. MH. We did it in our 38 ft and toad but it is tight and narrow getting to campground and the last turn is very tight. The site was long but very un-level. We were in the old section and the newer sites are much more level. It is pretty and if we here with a smaller rig and children I would probably have liked it a lot more. I probably would not return or use it as an overnight stop. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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lesjoiner

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $99.00
Overall Rating:      

While I'm sure this is a great park, surroundings look nice, HOWEVER if your driving anything over a class C. Stop and get in your toad and make sure you can get in this park. Roads are steep and narrow. We driving a 40' MCI and couldn't negotiate the roads. That's a bad thing after you've made the long thirty minute climb into the place. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

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James N

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Carter Caves State Park is very nice. There are plenty of activities for the whole family. There is hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, mini golf, evening activities at the campgrounds, and don’t forget the caves! This is why you go; not solely for the camp ground experience. Many sites are small with the table and fire ring at the back of the site versus the side where your camper faces. I put off purchasing a 30 amp extension cord until it was too late. The electrical box didn’t have the typical duplex outlet either so I couldn’t plug an adapter in for the night. We had to drive to Boyd County (1.5+ hour round trip) to find a Walmart. The bath house facility is average for a state park. I took two showers with lukewarm water. All in all, not terrible. We will camp here again. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Tent Trailer.

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