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8th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 26-29, 2017


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Level 1 Field Trips

 

Level 1:

These trips are the least strenuous trips offered. Many of these trips will expose you to winter weather conditions. Dressing appropriately is still important and required. Level 1 caving trips are walking trips that involve stooping, bending over and may require brief periods of crawling on your hands and knees.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #1: A Guide to Hibernating Bats - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Ever wonder what kind of bat that might be hanging from the ceiling from the cave? Bats can be tricky to identify especially while in flight, but during hibernation you have more time to look at the differences in the bats features, such as hair color, body size, ear shape etc. This workshop will show participants how to identify hibernating bats. This workshop will include both some indoor time along with some in cave time. Participants need helmets, headlamps and a notebook, preferably a rite in the rain notebook.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets in Grayson Room of lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #4: All about Oaks - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 13 Spots Open

Ever seen that acorn tree? Have you been searching to long? Well that is because acorns come from Oak trees not Acorn trees. There are many Oak species found at Carter Caves and they provide many benefits to the animals and the forest in which they reside. Discover how to distinguish between the different species of oaks and find out why wildlife seem to hover around white oaks over other species of oaks.

Meet at lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #5: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 47 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Thursday 7:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #6: The Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. Join us for a photo journey on the not-so-well-known Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail is a footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior on Minnesota's North Shore. Our 270 mile, 21 day backpacking trek, took us from the remote Canadian border south to bustling Duluth in wolf, bear and moose country through spectacular scenery of wild rivers, cascading waterfalls and beautiful vistas of the lake the Ojibwe called Gitche Gumee

Meets in the Grayson Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 8:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #7: Deadly or Beautiful? You Be the Judge! - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. Snakes can be found in all continents except Antarctica. If you spend enough time in the outdoors, you are bound to cross paths with them sooner or later. Now is your chance to safely see some up close, some venomous and some harmless. Learn about these amazing animals, how to avoid being bitten and what to do if you are. If you are afraid of snakes, its ok. There are plenty of seats in the back!

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 7:45am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #8: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.75 hours - Limit: 20 people - Drop In

Experience this unique environment to practice yoga in Cascade Cave. Relax your mind, move your body and breathe deeply as you stretch your limbs. This session will take you through basic yoga poses to prepare you for an active day in the great outdoors. We will be doing both standing and seated postures. No experience necessary. Dress for yoga and be prepared for a cave temperature of 55 degrees. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put under the yoga mat. You will want the towel or blanket to be larger than your mat so that you have room for your belongings. The cave floor consists of rock and dirt and may be damp or muddy in areas. The cave floor is mostly flat but is uneven in some areas. Linda Salyer, Certified Yoga Instructor will be leading the class. Yoga class itself is from 8:15-9:15am. Limited space sign up at the Front Desk of the Lodge upon arrival.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #9: A Dummies Guide to Water Treatment for the Backpacker - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Confused About All The Options To Treat Water in The Backcountry? Not Sure What To Choose? Learn The Facts! Selecting a water treatment system can be an overwhelming decision. There are many factors to consider, including method, effort, size, weight, treatment time and cost. In this workshop we will cover all the major types of water treatment options for the backpacker, day hiker and camper and what types of organisms each system is effective at eliminating. We will discuss the pros and cons of each method. We will give you advice on what to consider, what we think is the most important, and which products might be best for you. We'll also discuss why treating water in the backcountry is necessary, the common waterborne pathogens you'll encounter, how they make you ill and the symptoms of waterborne illnesses.

Meets in Grayson Room of Lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #11: Hot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park. The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities. Finishers will enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers.

Meets at Horse Campground. Transportation required.




Friday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #12: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 27 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #13: Visit To X Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 27 Spots Open

A commercially lit tour of X-Cave. X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave."

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #18: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #24: Camouflaging Do's and Don'ts - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 25 people - 23 Spots Open

Animals do not wear camouflage but they are still often hard to see. Come study the principles of natural and made camouflaging. Whether your interest is in seeing more wildlife, hunting, photography, or simple nature awareness. You will find this class fun and enlightening. This workshop promises to open your eyes to see more around you in ways you may have never considered.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #25: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 55 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #31: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #36: Visit To X Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 8 Spots Open

A commercially lit tour of X-Cave. X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave."

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #37: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #38: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #39: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #40: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #41: Campfire Social - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Get ready for a fun weekend, full of adventure, by relaxing around the campfire and roasting some marshmallows! Meet and greet trip leaders, past participants and everyone else at this campfire social. Marshmallows provided by Carter Caves State Park.

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #42: Carbide Lamp Cave Trip - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 8 people - Trip Full

Take a trip into Cascade Cave and see it like the old timer's (e.g. John Tierney) back in the day. We will go caving in Cascade Cave with only carbide lamps, and ONLY old-style carbide lamps. No newer type carbide generators, LED's or battery-powered lamps will be allowed. This trip will show you how the cave looked to the early explorers of the area when all they had was flame-type carbide lamps. We will tell you the history of the carbide lamp and how its simple design brought dependable light to miners and cavers throughout Kentucky back in the early 1900's. We will show you the exact spot where back in 1923, John Tierney scared a hibernating bear and then accidently blew out his carbide lamp and was stuck in the cave for two days until he was rescued by park staff. This is but one of many stories associated with this cave. If you have an older type carbide cap lamp that is in working order please bring it. We will also supply carbide lamps for the rest of the group to use. There will be some stooping, bending and crawling involved so level 2 caving equipment is required minus the lights.

Required Equipment:
Helmet may be required.
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.
Read More.


Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #43: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #44: Trail Magic The Grandma Gatewood Story - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Though many serious hikers know that Emma (Grandma) Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT), they really don not know the rest of the story. Most people do not know that after she hiked the AT the first time, she went back and did it TWO more times. Most people do not know that she also hiked the Oregon Trail during its Bicentennial Celebration. Most people do not know that she was truly a visionary of the ultra-light hiking movement. Most people do not know that she raised 11 children. Most people do not know that she survived an abusive relationship. Most people do not know that by the time she retired, Emma had hiked more than 10,000 miles! Most people do not know Emma Gatewood at all! WAW is pleased to have as a guest at tonight's opening program, Peter Huston, award winning producer, writer, and director. Peter and his company,Film Effects, teamed up with Eden Valley Enterprises to tell Grandma Gatewood's story. Peter will be at tonight's program to introduce our viewing of TRAIL MAGIC. This will be a very special evening program you will not want to miss!

Meets in Grayson Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #45: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #47: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #48: Jam Session - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. After the evening's opening program, join some of our local musicians for an impromptu jam session in the Fields Facility. Any and all pickers and/or singers are welcome! It will be a round robin style jam, if you've got a song, great, if not, we'll get you on the next go around. Not a musician? Drop in and listen for a little bit.

Meets in Grayson Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #51: History Of Mine Lighting - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot Open

Eastern KY has a rich and proud coal mining heritage. This trip will strive to show the participants what it was actually like to work in the mines with only the light of various flame lamps. From early clamshell lamps to carbide, the last flame lamp, this will be a history and hands on experience of how the miners did their hard work underground with barely enough light to see. We will have working original examples and explain the history of each type of mine light. You will see original photographs from the day of not only the miners, but also the kids as young as 6 years old that worked in the mines day in and day out. Trip will take place on the commercial routes of Cascade Cave. No Flashlights will be used, participants will be provided a carbide miners light (one light per two people) to light the path ahead.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at lodge . Transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #60: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 7 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #64: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #65: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #66: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #67: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

Chris Howard with Canoe Kentucky will help you learn the basics of geocaching. Bring your GPS or use your smart phone, but be ready for a great treasure hunt for the whole family! We will be inside to discuss the basics, but plan to be out in the elements for at least one hour during this clinic.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #69: Flashlight Tour Of X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - Trip Full

View X-Cave in a way that most visitors do not - by flashlight only. We will turn out the commercial lights of the cave and cruise the passages with your flashlights. You can use your lights to discover the many cave formations that decorate the cave walls. A dependable light source is required for every participant. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may see some of the resident big brown bats hibernating in X-Cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #70: Winter Survival Workshop - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 1 Spot Open

Winter survival will involve the fundamentals of survival methodology and mindset. This workshop will include practical application and skill building for specifics including shelter, fire basics, water, food, and signaling. You will be outside during this workshop so dress appropriately for the weather elements.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #79: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #84: Backpacking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 6 Spots Open

Backpacking is an activity that gets you about as close to nature as you can get. If you are new to backpacking or thinking about looking for an outdoor activity to pursue this workshop fits the bill. Take part in a interactive discussion of the do and don'ts of multi day backpacking trips. Topics to include trip preparation & planning, safety, training, gear, packing your pack, food options and basic navigation. If you have a backpack and gear bring it with you to show off. We can show you how to properly adjust your pack to yourself and we will show different examples of equipment available.

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #85: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #86: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #87: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #88: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 54 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #92: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #94: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #97: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #98: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #99: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #103: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

Chris Howard with Canoe Kentucky will help you learn the basics of geocaching. Bring your GPS or use your smart phone, but be ready for a great treasure hunt for the whole family! We will be inside to discuss the basics, but plan to be out in the elements for at least one hour during this clinic.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #106: Carbide Lamp Cave Trip - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 8 people - Trip Full

Take a trip into Cascade Cave and see it like the old timer's (e.g. John Tierney) back in the day. We will go caving in Cascade Cave with only carbide lamps, and ONLY old-style carbide lamps. No newer type carbide generators, LED's or battery-powered lamps will be allowed. This trip will show you how the cave looked to the early explorers of the area when all they had was flame-type carbide lamps. We will tell you the history of the carbide lamp and how its simple design brought dependable light to miners and cavers throughout Kentucky back in the early 1900's. We will show you the exact spot where back in 1923, John Tierney scared a hibernating bear and then accidently blew out his carbide lamp and was stuck in the cave for two days until he was rescued by park staff. This is but one of many stories associated with this cave. If you have an older type carbide cap lamp that is in working order please bring it. We will also supply carbide lamps for the rest of the group to use. There will be some stooping, bending and crawling involved so level 2 caving equipment is required minus the lights.

Required Equipment:
Helmet may be required.
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.
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Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #111: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #114: Visit To X Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 18 Spots Open

A commercially lit tour of X-Cave. X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave."

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #117: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #118: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #119: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #121: Orienteering - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

Land navigation will lead the participants in the fundamentals of using map and compass. We will take a look at map features and the information that can be gathered from them. We will also look at compass use and finding headings, bearings, as well as the difference between true, magnetic and grid north. We will then plot some points on a map of the park and learn how to navigate cross country. You will be outside during this workshop so dress appropriately for the weather elements.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #125: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #130: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #136: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #137: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #138: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #141: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 29 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #142: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

Have you ever wanted to cook over a campfire? People have been cooking over open fires for centuries. This trip gives you the opportunity to learn how to season cast iron ware, how to tell the temperature inside a Dutch oven, what types of cookware can be used on an open fire, and how to cook over an open fire. Each participant will have the opportunity to prepare a hoecake, and you will receive several recipes to take home with you. No equipment or experience is needed. All materials are supplied. Bring your appetite. This trip is indoors and uses a fireplace inside the Welcome Center meeting room.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #144: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #146: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #147: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #148: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #152: Backcountry Cooking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Spend some time discussing some of the best and worst back country stoves out there today. We will discuss recipes and will try out a few of our favorites. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach.

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #154: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #155: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #156: Visit To X Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - Trip Full

A commercially lit tour of X-Cave. X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave."

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #157: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Sunday 8:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #158: History Of Mine Lighting - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot Open

Eastern KY has a rich and proud coal mining heritage. This trip will strive to show the participants what it was actually like to work in the mines with only the light of various flame lamps. From early clamshell lamps to carbide, the last flame lamp, this will be a history and hands on experience of how the miners did their hard work underground with barely enough light to see. We will have working original examples and explain the history of each type of mine light. You will see original photographs from the day of not only the miners, but also the kids as young as 6 years old that worked in the mines day in and day out. Trip will take place on the commercial routes of Cascade Cave. No Flashlights will be used, participants will be provided a carbide miners light (one light per two people) to light the path ahead.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at lodge . Transportation required.




Sunday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #164: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #165: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #170: Flashlight Tour Of X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 1 Spot Open

View X-Cave in a way that most visitors do not - by flashlight only. We will turn out the commercial lights of the cave and cruise the passages with your flashlights. You can use your lights to discover the many cave formations that decorate the cave walls. A dependable light source is required for every participant. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may see some of the resident big brown bats hibernating in X-Cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #171: Tracking for Everyone - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 1 Spot Open

Do you know the seven basic attributes of a single track? Do you know you can look at one deer track and tell if it is a back/front and whether it is the left/right hoof? We will show you the methods to see and learn more about what is around you in a wilderness setting. We will teach you how to see speed, number, size and a lot more information in ground, aerial and intangible sign. The ground is a book come let us show you how to read it.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #174: All about Oaks - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 6 Spots Open

Ever seen that acorn tree? Have you been searching to long? Well that is because acorns come from Oak trees not Acorn trees. There are many Oak species found at Carter Caves and they provide many benefits to the animals and the forest in which they reside. Discover how to distinguish between the different species of oaks and find out why wildlife seem to hover around white oaks over other species of oaks.

Meet at lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #175: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

Have you ever wanted to cook over a campfire? People have been cooking over open fires for centuries. This trip gives you the opportunity to learn how to season cast iron ware, how to tell the temperature inside a Dutch oven, what types of cookware can be used on an open fire, and how to cook over an open fire. Each participant will have the opportunity to prepare a hoecake, and you will receive several recipes to take home with you. No equipment or experience is needed. All materials are supplied. Bring your appetite. This trip is indoors and uses a fireplace inside the Welcome Center meeting room.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #176: Knot Your Daddy's Knot Class - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 11 Spots Open

This is knot to be missed!! There are countless knot tying books out there, but they can be frustrating to learn from. They don 't show you practical uses for the knots they teach, sometimes the pictures are not clear, and there are 1000s of knots out there, which makes it hard to decide what knots to learn. Come alleviate your frustrations by joining us for a hands-on introduction to the knots that every caver, climber and outdoor enthusiast should know. No equipment or transportation is required. Follow signs from the lobby of the lodge.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #178: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #180: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 46 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #182: Knot Your Daddy's Knot Class - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 13 Spots Open

This is knot to be missed!! There are countless knot tying books out there, but they can be frustrating to learn from. They don 't show you practical uses for the knots they teach, sometimes the pictures are not clear, and there are 1000s of knots out there, which makes it hard to decide what knots to learn. Come alleviate your frustrations by joining us for a hands-on introduction to the knots that every caver, climber and outdoor enthusiast should know. No equipment or transportation is required. Follow signs from the lobby of the lodge.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #183: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #184: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Sunday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #185: Visit To X Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 19 Spots Open

A commercially lit tour of X-Cave. X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave."

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.