Carter Caves State Resort Park is a geological wonder both above ground and below! This park has everything, literally! I have never seen a park with so many amenities as Carter Caves State Resort Park. To give you an example; the park has tennis courts, restaurants,  cave tours, camping, hiking trails, gem mining, mini golf, fishing and so so much more! Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive HillKentucky. For more information, click here.

Beneath the forested hills of Carter Caves State Resort Park, nature has hidden more than 20 twisting caverns, where you’ll discover a 30-foot underground waterfall, and many more surprises! This is the perfect setting for a little adventure, in a gorgeous but rugged setting!

The Carter County region has the highest concentration of caves in Kentucky. Enjoy a subterranean adventure, created by nature over millions of years.  Year-round tours are offered of Cascade Cave and X-Cave on a daily basis with the exception of a few days around the Christmas Holiday. Seasonal walking tours are offered Memorial Day – Labor Day, additional walking tours include Saltpeter Cave and flashlight tours of Cascade Cave and X-Cave. Seasonal adventure tours are from Memorial Day to Labor Day of Bat Cave or Saltpeter Cave.

Discover the above ground beauty of Carter Caves on 33 miles of wooded nature trails. These trails highlight many fascinating geological features, including natural bridges, arches, caves, sinkholes, cliffs and a boxed canyon. Trails range from easy to difficult hiking level ability. The trail system supports over 15 miles of multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Enjoy the 18-hole miniature golf course. In the off-season, clubs and balls are available at the campground registration building and the Lodge front desk. Open seasonally. Pictures used in this article are owned by the Kentucky Parks Department. Fees: Adults: $5; Children: $4.

The Lewis Caveland Lodge offers rooms featuring a private patio overlooking the surrounding woodlands. Rooms available by late afternoon. High speed wireless internet service available at the lodge. The park also has cottages and a campground that’s open year-round offering primitive, RV and equestrian campsites. Picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park. Two rental shelters are available.

Smoky Valley Lake is Kentucky’s first trophy bass lake! In addition to largemouth bass, anglers vie for bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Fishing license required for both residents and non-residents and are available at the front desk.

For more of Kentucky’s Amazing Locations, click here. For nearby lodging options, click here. For a list of the best family activities in Kentucky, click here.