Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky

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About Carter Caves State Resort Park:

Beneath the forested hills of this resort, nature has hidden more than 20 twisting caverns, where you'll discover a 30-foot underground waterfall, and many more surprises!

History of Carter Caves State Resort Park

Established on July 31, 1946
On July 31, 1946, the citizens of Carter and surrounding counties donated 945 acres to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for a state park. Contained in this tract are some of the most impressive caves in the state. Additional land has been obtained, making a total of some 2,000 acres. Carter and Cascade Caves are the best-known caverns in eastern Kentucky. Located in north-central Carter County, the Carter and Cascade Cave system is comprised of more than twenty caverns. Four of these caves are open for tours. Others are undeveloped or access is limited. Each cave has distinctive features from the way in which geological forces formed them.

Bat Cave is the largest cave in the park. It is open only in the summer and is the home of an estimated 40,000 Indiana bats called Myotis that hibernate there in the winter. These bats are protected by the Kentucky Parks System. The cave’s main passageway is a half-mi

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About Carter Caves State Resort Park:
Carter Caves State Resort Park is located in Carter County, Kentucky, United States, along Tygarts Creek. It is formed by Carter Caves, and nearby Cascade Caves, which were added to the park in 1959.On December 16, 1981, 146 acresof the park were designated as nature preserves. Bat Cave and Cascade Caverns State Nature Preserves were dedicated for the protection of the Indiana bat, mountain maple, and Canada yew, all endangered species. History The park was in various private hands for almost 200 years until the last private family owners, the J.F. Lewis family and various other private investors, including local Rotary Clubs, donated the large tract of property to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1946.The purchase of the caves and surrounding land was driven by Governor William Jason Fields, a native of Carter County. Attractions Carter Caves is a state resort park that features a lodge, cottages, 18 hole putt-putt course, 9 hole golf course, full-service campground, and immens
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