Kentucky Tourism

Carter Caves Olive Hill, KY


Carter Caves State Resort Park
344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY 41164
Park Manager: Chris Perry
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Check out photos from the Google Trekker during their visit to Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Lodging & Camping

  • This beautiful fieldstone lodge offers 28 rooms with full amenities. Each room features a private balcony or patio overlooking the surrounding woodlands. Rooms available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11:00am, local time. We are now pet friendly! No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. Click here to review our pet policy. High speed wireless internet service available at the lodge.

    Winter CampingCamping is now available all winter for $17.00 a night in the main campground!!!

    Water is not available at the sites.  Electric and Sewer sites are still operational.
    Equestrian Campground is available with all hookups including water for $35.00 a night.
    Bath Houses are available at the campground administration building and at the Equestrian Campground.
    Campground Store will not be open through the winter.

    Click here to Reserve A Lodge Room/Cabin

    Click here for Camping Reservations


    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!

    Click here to visit Carter Caves' Meeting site.

    Tierney's Cavern

    Tierney's Cavern Restaurant honors our most popular attraction, the caves and retired park Naturalist John Tierney. The restaurant seats 100 and accompanying the new name is a new menu that offers many appetizing selections.

    As a supporter of Kentucky Proud program we utilize locally grown meats and produce when available. Our staff provides a friendly, warm atmosphere while giving professional service.

    Continental Breakfast is available Monday - Friday during the OFF SEASON.
    Full Breakfast served on Saturday and Sundays.
    **denotes a FREE continental breakfast will be served in the lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge. 

    Restaurant Hours

    Regular Hours

    Off Season Hours

    Dates: November 27 - January 1

    Sunday - 7:00am to 10:00am (Breakfast) 11:30am - 3pm (Sunday Buffet) 4pm - 7pm (Dinner)
    Monday** - Thursday** - Closed for Breakfast, 11:30am - 7pm (Lunch & Dinner)
    Friday** - Closed for Breakfast, 11:30am - 8pm (Lunch & Dinner)
    Saturday - 7:00am to 10:00am (Breakfast), 11:30am - 3pm (Lunch), 4pm - 8pm (Dinner)

    Dates: January 2, 2018 - March 16, 2018
    Sunday - 7:00am to 10:00am (Breakfast) 11:30am - 3pm (Sunday Buffet) 4pm - 8pm (Dinner)
    Monday and Tuesday - CLOSED for all meals.
    Wednesday** - Friday** - Closed for Breakfast, 11:30am - 8pm (Lunch & Dinner) 
    Saturday - 7:00am to 10:00am (Breakfast), 11:30am - 3pm (Lunch), 4pm - 8pm (Dinner)

    Restaurant Menus

    Breakfast Menu Adobe PDF Document
    Lunch and Dinner Menu Adobe PDF Document
    Kid's Menu Adobe PDF Document

    Cave Tours/Hiking

    The Carter County region has the highest concentration of caves to be found in any area of Kentucky. Two of the park’s caves offer guided tours year-round, Cascade Cave and X-Cave. Enjoy a subterranean adventure, created by nature over millions of years. Click here for additional cave tour information.

    Late Fall Tour Dates Adobe PDF Document
    Nov. 1, 2017 -  Nov. 26, 2017

    Winter Tour Dates Adobe PDF Document
    Nov. 27, 2017 -  March 18, 2018 

    The hiking trail system at Carter Caves State Resort Park is an incredible place to explore. Hikers can expect to find arches, caves and swinging bridges out on the trail.
    The hiking trails at Carter Caves were named Blue Ridge Magazine's 'Best of 2017' for hiking. With more than 26 miles of hiking trails to explore, there is plenty of ground to trek.

    For more info on the best hiking in Kentucky click here


    Through the dedicated work of our state park naturalists, Kentucky State Parks protect and preserve the natural beauty of Kentucky.

    Check out Carter Cave's Facebook page for more information.

    Rappelling and Rock Climbing

    Experienced rappellers and rock climbers can now self-guide their adventure activities. The location consists of a nice sandstone cliffline which provides a great 30–40 foot rappel or climb.

    Rappelling and Rock Climbing Area Rules and Regulations

    • Rappelling and climbing are permitted in this designated area only.
    • Rappelling and climbing by permit only. (Permits to be completed at the front desk of the lodge.)
    • Rappelling and top rope climbing are permitted.
    • Sport routes or traditional climbing are not permitted.
    • Setting bolts is not permitted.
    • Rappellers and climbers must use pre-existing installed anchors for rigging.
    • Trees may be used only as access line anchors to reach pre-existing installed bolts.
    • Rope pads must be used when rigging trees.
    • You may not rappel or climb on tree anchors.
    • No rappelling or climbing alone.
    • Area open during daylight hours only.
    • You must return your permit after you leave the area.