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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Thursday Field Trips

 

List of all Thursday field trips and descriptions.





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 1:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #2: Geomorphology Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 3.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

This hike will begin at the confluence of Cave Branch stream and Tygarts creek and will lead you into the Tygart State Forest to see many neat karst features along the way. Karst features include caves, sinkholes and dolines that are characterized by underground drainage systems. The finale of the hike will lead you to a very impressive sinkhole known as Swirl Sink. Some of this hike will lead you off designated hiking trails.

Meet at lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #3: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 Spots Open

Find some hidden secrets in these wild and once often-visited park caves. Dripping dome rooms, scalloped rock passages, huge breakdown, a belly-crawl connection between caves, and a room filled with dozens of mini bathtub-like dams are just a few of the treasures you'll discover. These caves contain active streams. Be prepared to have wet feet, wet hands, possibly more if you slip! Water bottle/snack suggested. Total outdoor hike of at least 1.5 miles required over hilly terrain, so be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. 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.