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About Carter Caves State Park
Access
Drive In, Walk In, Boat In
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State
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ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Carter Caves State Park is located in Kentucky
Latitude
38.372 N
Longitude
-83.118 W
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16 Reviews of Carter Caves State Park
Breathtaking and Peaceful

This is a beautiful state park with breathtaking views of creeks along the roadway, wonderful landscape designed by nature, good hiking trails, peaceful campground, and a nice lodge. The campground is a bit tight, especially when lots of cars are in visiting the campers, very peaceful though as the night goes on. The road to the lake could use a little TLC. Trails are marked nicely, as well as how to get to the equestrian site, Day use area, pool, lodge, and restaurant. Restaurant was very good buffet and menu items available. Lodge was clean and well kept. Very relaxing state park.

Enjoyed our stay

Park was nice, clean and has friendly staff. We liked that we could walk to the bathrooms and not have to drive there. We stayed at site 100 and really enjoyed the shade trees. Showers are small but they work and there are only 3 stalls of toilets and 3 showers ( I believe) in the women’s side- unsure of men’s. Plenty to do, including a playground, pool, miniature golf, bike riding, horse back riding, hiking, etc. All sites have a picnic table and a grate over the fire pit. Water wells are easily accessible and they have washers and dryers as well. Check-in location was a bit confusing but eventually figured it out.

good campground

something for everyone ,rv to tent camping…also cabins and a lodge is available for reservations. great dinning at lodge. wonderful hiking trails…And cave tours.

Beautiful Scenery

Camper/RV sites are smaller than we are accustomed to. We thoroughly enjoyed the pools, hiking, and cave tours. All staff is incredibly thoughtful and polite. Bathrooms were clean.

My favorite local campground

Very nice, well kept. Its our “go to“ for campIng!❤️

5 generations of my family have loved this place

my family have been coming here for 5 generations. it’s definitely a family favorite. Yes it can get crowded, yes there are kids and lots of noise. they’re coming here to have fun too! I grew up in the primitive campground with a huge canvas tent. We’ve graduated to an RV and are on the other side of the campgrounds now but still loving it. I’ve never stayed on the side with the horse camping but we usually run down there for the showers. Canoe the Tygart, take a trail ride, spelunk a Cave, eat a S’more, hike the red trail, see the natural bridge, come for pioneer week, Halloween is a hoot, watch out for skunks, hope you see a wildcat or two, tell a ghost story, play some corn hole, watch out for bears. Anyway go to the caves, you’ll love it.

Amazing!! Breath taking views, hiking, caving, canoeing. The total package!

primative camp sites are great!! Nice facilities, limited full hook up for campers. Super nice staff. Beautiful area for day trips or extended stays.

Great for families

We went to the campground during the Halloween festivities in October 2017. There are a lot of activities to do while at the state park, caving, hiking, kayaking, mini golf, golf, etc. It is a very beautiful park, but you are close to your neighbors. It was very crowded the weekend we were there. The campsite beside us had a pull camper, a truck camper, and 2 small tents. There were about 15 people on the site and it got pretty loud at night. Kids were everywhere riding hoverboards while texting and a lot of traffic driving around. That's the only reason I took off a star, way too crowded with too many people per campsite. The site was very level and nicely maintained. The shower and bath house was clean, could use updating but overall acceptable.

Caves caves caves an more caves..

So after seeing mammoth caves my fiancé and i have been searching for places with caves and camping. We are eventually heading to mexico to do more spelunking. Anyways this campground is great The sites are huge and spread out real well. we were able to spend a night and get a tour the next day which was well worth it. The camping is wooded which would be great for any of you hammock people out there. We set ours up and sleep outside instead of in the van. Are friendly neighbors kept us company….deer haha

The tour guide michael was freaking great. We usually wouldn't spend money on a guided tour but this was the best decision, There are a couple caves to choose from so you'll be able to see a few if you like. The camp ground/resort if perfect for someone just passing through or has the amenities to keep an entire family cozy for a week. What ever your looking for you will find it here, There were a lot less people here than mammoth caves.

Cheers!

Carter Caves

Lots to do hiking, fishing, caves and caverns to explore. Campgrounds was clean. You will need extra water hose and extension cords to get hooked up in a lot of the sites though.