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9th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 25-28, 2018

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky

All Thursday Field Trips


List of all Thursday field trips and descriptions.

Thursday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #1: Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Author and adventurer Andy Niekamp will be in the lobby of the lodge signing copies of his new book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail." Imagine walking 1,444 miles with a backpack carrying the bare necessities of life, 26 maps, and a whole lot of grit. When three-time Appalachian Trail Hiker, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp decided to hike Ohio's Buckeye Trail, he took on the challenge of his life. On this 88-day adventure, Captain Blue found things he didn't know he had: a Buckeye Trail family who assisted and encouraged him; a home state rich with scenic beauty and history; the physical, mental, and emotional stamina to travel Ohio alone and on foot. Books available for $15/each. More info at:

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.

Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #2: Geomorphology Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 3.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 7 Spots Open

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.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.

Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #3: Wandering Through Wilburn Cave - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 2 Spots Open

Wilburn cave is located near the top of a big ridge. The trip to the cave entrance is a strenuous 250 foot climb up a 30 degree banking, so you should be in good health to participate in this trip. There is little to no walking passage found in the whole cave and it is known for plenty of nasty little crawls. At one point in the cave you will have to straddle over top of a 20 foot canyon to navigate through the passage. The cave is on private property and we have permission to visit the cave during Winter Adventure Weekend only!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

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

Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #4: A Visit to Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 60 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.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.

Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #5: Hearth and Home Primitive Skills - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 8 Spots Open

Living in the Kentucky Wilderness has been a reality for many people for centuries. Join your guide, Quintion Tyree, as he reviews skills both old and new to create your home and hearth for survival on the Kentucky frontier. Participants will help both scavenge, build and create in this outdoor activity.

Meets at lodge . No transportation required.

Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #6: All about Oaks - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 11 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   
Trip #7: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 10 Spots Open

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.

Thursday 7:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #8: Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change The Way You See Ohio - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue's stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail.

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

Thursday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #9: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.