KY - Carter Caves Campground - Olive Hill, KY (Eastern KY)

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  1. omit

    omit New Member

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    Went on a quick 2 day camping trip with the kids and grandpa to Carter Caves State Park in Eastern KY. We were the only campers in the campground for the 2 days. Lots of nice hiking, did two cave tours that are offered. Only $15.00 per night - electric + water. Carter Caves Campground is now open year round. Water gets turned off December 1 in the campground. Several very nice large sites. I have a list of recommended #'s if anyone is interested. Would I go back? - yes - but there are too many other camping locations I need to go to first. Cave tour guide Kenny was really nice and excellent guide Caves tours offered 363 days per year.
     
  2. TheWayneTrain

    TheWayneTrain New Member

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    Plan to head down to Carter Caves this spring for the first time. Any thoughts on a good site #? Shady, quiet, room for the little ones to run around and/or in sight of the playground. Appreciate it.
     
  3. rednekprechr

    rednekprechr New Member

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    Just got back from Carter caves-We Love It There!-
    For good sites, with little ones, I suggest 89 and 17. 89 is further from the main playground, but has a HUGE grassy area. 17 is very near the smaller playground, is VERY FLAT, and VERY close to the shower house. Both sites have good shade.
    Firewood is available outside the park, about 1 mile, for a good price (30-35 pieces/$10).
     
  4. TheWayneTrain

    TheWayneTrain New Member

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    Went to Carter Caves 2 weeks ago & had a great time. Stayed in 41, which was a good flat spot near the playground. You're right about 89, might try to get that next time.
     
  5. rednekprechr

    rednekprechr New Member

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    37 is another one that is shady and flat.
     
  6. RubberSoul

    RubberSoul New Member

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    I absolutely love this campground because you can walk to the caves. You are literally walking on a trail, and it goes through a cave. The sites aren't very level though, at least the ones that I've been on, however, they are very shady. I've been twice.
     
  7. CharlieTN-OtherHalf

    CharlieTN-OtherHalf New Member

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    We just returned from a 5 day stay at this campground. First the negatives so I can finish on a positive note. ;) We camped in site #50. From the map in the reservation system it appeared it was on the outer edge of the campground and possibly backed up to the wood, which is true, but there was a road between our site and the woods. In the early spring the road wasn't too busy, but it leads to the lake and the pool, is I can imagine it would be heavily traveled. Our site was spacious, with trees, but terribly unlevel. We had to extend the BAL leveler all the way and still had some slant. The restrooms were a bit aged, but clean and the water was hot and pressured. We were one of only 3 PUPs there so we didn't have any trouble getting some shower time. It seems more often than not the fir pit placement wasn't very good in relation to the RV pad. This can be a plus for those that only use the fire to socialize.....I'm a campfire cook....so I was running back and forth a lot. Maybe that was my lack of preplanning too.....ha! It was very quiet, peaceful and lots to explore. We did the two cave tours that were available...take a light jacket. I would suggest site #8 also. Appeared level, open space, wooded for shade and not too far of a walk to the bath for the midnight potty break of children.


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  8. rwilliek

    rwilliek New Member

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    I have been driving back and forth past there for the last four or five days....kept wondering what it was like!

    Thanks for the review, and I have to commend you on your choice of popup :) We have the exact same one.
     
  9. bburgcamper

    bburgcamper 16 weekends a year camping just isn't enough.

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    We spent fall break at Carter Caves last October. We enjoyed the park. They do a haunted trail that is a huge event for the community. Those of our group that went on the trail said it was great. There are several nice parks with a short distance. We spent one day at Grayson lake as we plan on returning to kayak.
     
  10. rdmullins

    rdmullins New Member

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    We had fun at this campground! I have to say I was taken aback at first by how close together the sites were, but:

    1) We were near a curve in the road, so that was a factor.
    2) Our other main camping experience is at Twin Knobs in the Daniel Boone National Forest (Cave Run), and those sites are HUGE.
    3) Our neighbors to either side had McMansions on wheels, complete with slideouts and porticos and servants' quarters, etc.

    And, anyhow, once we were set up we had more than enough room to get in and out which is about all we needed to do. Our site was a little hilly, and it was a challenge to get our pup leveled. I had to borrow a wheel chock from a neighbor. One other thing to consider - the electric hookup (for our spot, anyhow) was 240 only. Our pup is 120. Luckily the general store at the campground gate had adapters, very reasonably priced, and we were back in business. I should have had one already anyhow.

    The cave tours are great, and as cave tours go not very strenuous. There's a nice playground area that the kids enjoyed, and lots of bikes all around. There's a nice looking pool a little farther up the hill* and a lodge and restaurant, but we only drove past those things. There's a mini-golf course that our kids really liked. All in all, there's a lot to do and it's all pretty centrally located.

    * Oh, yes. The hill. Be aware that the last leg of the journey to the campground is somewhat steep. Now, my truck is a four-cylinder so your experience may differ, but I didn't make it out of second gear until the road leveled out at the summit. :) It made me wonder how the folks beside us do it, but they probably have V12s or something and spend more on gas than we spent on our camper.
     
  11. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    we camp there 4-5 years ago. We liked, nicw trails. The caves were closed at the time do to some mold that was killing the bats and they did not want humans bringing the mold into the caves, Soulds like that has changed.
     

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