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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Bluegrass at "The Caves"
October 1-3, 2015

Come to Carter Caves State Resort Park for two days of great music. Click here to download the event flyer for more details. (Adobe PDF)

Lodging & Camping

360 Tour

  • This beautiful fieldstone lodge offers 28 rooms with full amenities.

    CALL: 606-286-4411 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. A limited number of lodge rooms will be available for pets. High speed wireless internet service available at the lodge.

    Click here for reservation information.


    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.

    Restaurant Hours

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    + / -   Off Season Hours

    Restaurant Menus

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

    Cave Tours

    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.

    Fall Tour Dates Adobe PDF Document
    September 8 - November 1, 2015

    Early Winter Tour Dates Adobe PDF Document
    November 2 - November 29, 2015

    Winter Tour Dates Adobe PDF Document
    November 30, 2015 - March 31, 2016


    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.