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10th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 24-27, 2019


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Hiking Field Trips

List of all hiking field trips.





Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #1: Geomorphology Hike I: Horn Hollow - Level: 3 - Duration: 3.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 8 Spots Open

A hike to view surfaces features and topology shaped by karst processes in Horn Hollow and the lower portion of the Valley of the Caves. Horn Hollow is a hanging karst valley that is the last major side valley of the Valley of the Caves before it's junction with Tygart's Gorge. The trip will look at sinkholes, pits, cave entrances, swallow holes and resurgences and how these features were shaped by the development of caves in Horn Hollow over time.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #5: 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 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #6: The Story of the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 13 Spots Open

Much has been discussed about the significant geology of Carter Caves. Join our residential old broke down caver as he reviews the most recent theories on what makes the Carter Caves area so special and unique. This trip will include a walk through X-Cave and a jaunt into the valley along Cave Branch. One highlight of the trip will include a walk through, Carter Caves Natural Bridge, the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a paved road.

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 9:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #12: Geomorphology Hike II: The Valley of the Caves - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

A hike to view surface features and topology shaped by karst processes in the middle to upper reaches of the Valley of the Caves. The Valley of fhe Caves is the location of the major caves of Carter Caves State Resort Park. This hike will look at surface karst features related to Bat Cave, the largest cave in the Park, from truncated caves segments downstream of the cave to sinkholes and pits above the cave proper as well as additional karst features up valley from the furthest extensions of the cave, hinting at passages yet undiscovered.

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




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #37: The Story of the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

Much has been discussed about the significant geology of Carter Caves. Join our residential old broke down caver as he reviews the most recent theories on what makes the Carter Caves area so special and unique. This trip will include a walk through X-Cave and a jaunt into the valley along Cave Branch. One highlight of the trip will include a walk through, Carter Caves Natural Bridge, the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a paved road.

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

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #63: Practicing Leave No Trace with Winter Recreation and Caving - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 17 Spots Open

This is a hands-on, all-ages workshop presenting the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics as they apply to winter recreation and caving. Guided by two Leave No Trace Trainers, you will gain new insight on how to minimize your impact on the environment regardless of season or location. This isn't a lecture but a fun, interactive program that will take us into caves and onto trails designed to educate and enlighten! All participants will get souvenirs courtesy of the Trainers.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #64: Key Features of Karst Landscapes - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 19 Spots Open

During this four-mile hike, you will learn to decipher tell-tale surface features that are indicative of a dynamic sub-surface environment. Cave entrances, sinkholes, pits, shelters, springs, arches, and bridges will be featured on this scenic ramble. The hike follows the Three Bridges Trail, with several short off-trail ventures.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge . No transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #120: A Hike Through The Back-Forty - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 12 Spots Open

A multi-mile hike after a short drive to Cascade Cave. This will be an on-trail/off-trail hike up the valley paralleling the Cascade Cave System (Cascade, Sandy, Jones, Tire Creek, Waterfall caves) demonstrating a variety of impressive karst features including streams, an insurgence, springs, many cave entrances, a karst window, and arches. Time and weather permitting, various sandstone features can be visited as well (caves, springs).

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




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #139: Frozen Foraging Hike - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

The forest is full of wild food - even in the winter! As we hike, we will explore different ecosystems in the park and learn what delicious morsels may be hiding in each. We will also talk tips and tricks and best techniques to increase your chances. If we are lucky and fate smiles upon us, we will even get to taste a few things along the way! This trip requires about 1.5 miles hiking over hilly terrain. Dress for the elements and wear boots with good traction.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #147: A Walk In The Forest - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

Come learn all about the amazing diversity of organisms that inhabit the Carter Caves forest. We will discuss everything from why some trees make good whiskey barrels and others do not to how to use different plants when the zombies come. This hike will be about 1.5 miles in length along the Horn Hollow Trail.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #164: The Story of the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 14 Spots Open

Much has been discussed about the significant geology of Carter Caves. Join our residential old broke down caver as he reviews the most recent theories on what makes the Carter Caves area so special and unique. This trip will include a walk through X-Cave and a jaunt into the valley along Cave Branch. One highlight of the trip will include a walk through, Carter Caves Natural Bridge, the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a paved road.

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

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 8:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #191: Practicing Leave No Trace with Winter Recreation and Caving - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 Spots Open

This is a hands-on, all-ages workshop presenting the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics as they apply to winter recreation and caving. Guided by two Leave No Trace Trainers, you will gain new insight on how to minimize your impact on the environment regardless of season or location. This isn't a lecture but a fun, interactive program that will take us into caves and onto trails designed to educate and enlighten! All participants will get souvenirs courtesy of the Trainers.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #210: All about Oaks - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 12 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meet at lodge. No transportation required.