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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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. For Winter schedule for 2019-2020, visit
ALERT: Reservations for the Equestrian Campground are accepted ONLY by contacting the Carter Caves State Resort Park Campground directly at 606-286-4411. Select option 4 for the campground. Online reservations or calls to ReserveAmerica are not available for the Equestrian Campground. Camping in the Equestrian Campground is open to Equestrian Campers year round. Non-Equestrian Campers choosing this campground must wait until 10 days before chosen arrival date to make a reservation. As always, all information is SUBJECT TO CHANGE without notice
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. 

Restaurant Hours

Dates: December 15 - March 15 
Sunday - Free Continental Breakfast 7-10 a.m. for overnight guests*; Sunday Buffet 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Monday through Wednesday - CLOSED**
Thursday - Free Continental Breakfast 7-10 a.m. for overnight guests*  CLOSED for Lunch. Dinner 4-8 p.m. 
Friday through Saturday - Free Continental Breakfast 7-10 a.m. for overnight guests*; Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dinner 4-8 p.m.
(Friday and Saturday night buffets will be determined based on business. Please call park to check.)
*Denotes a free continental breakfast for lodge and cottage guests served in Lewis Caveland Lodge lobby.

Dates: March 16 - December 12  
Sunday - Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
(Friday and Saturday night buffets will be determined based on business. Please call park to check.  Regular Friday and Saturday night buffets will begin April 3rd)
Sunday lunch buffet 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

**Open until 9 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend through October 31.
(Times and Meals are SUBJECT TO CHANGE without notice. The restaurant will be CLOSED the hour in between each meal for cleanup and preparation for the next meal.)

Restaurant Menus

Breakfast Menu Adobe PDF Document

Lunch and Dinner Menu Adobe PDF Document

Kid's Menu Adobe PDF Document

Cave Tours/Hiking

Early Winter Adobe PDF Document

Winter Adobe PDF Document

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.

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. 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

Rappelling and Rock Climbing Area

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.

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.


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

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