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Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $22.00
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. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
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. We camped at Carter Caves State Resort Park in a Tent Trailer.
Take a cave tour if you can - they are worth doing. Have fun!
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $23.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
(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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $23.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $23.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $32.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $28.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $28.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $20.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $30.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $28.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $22.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $99.00
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.Undo
Take a cave tour if you can - they are worth doing. Have fun!WrongWayRandall • April 2015
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