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


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 cave trips are walking trips that involve stooping, bending over and going up and down steps.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #3: The Art of Cave Photography - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 11 Spots Open

Come join us for a unique photography opportunity as Parham P Baker of Photo ShareShops offers a hands on workshop on cave photography. Spend 2 1/2 hours photographing the amazing formations and stream of Cascade Cavern. Lighting will be provided but bring your DSLR, tripod, a couple of small flashlights with fresh batteries and a cable release and learn how to get the best images in the darkest of places. This is best suited for intermediate to advanced photographers with interchangeable lens cameras.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




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: 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.




Thursday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #7: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 19 Spots Open

Continue your winter adventure and trek underground for a refreshing all-levels yoga practice in the stunning Cascade Cave! Rejuvenate your mind and body as you are guided through standing and seated yoga postures, along with breathing exercises that will renew your entire being. What an exclusive experience here at Carter Caves and an incredible investment in your health! All levels are welcomed in this practice. Previous yoga experience is not required. Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in (jeans not recommended), and be prepared for temperature around 55 degrees. Layers recommended. Your body temperature will fluctuate during the practice. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put underneath 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; however, there are some uneven areas. Hollie Hall, RN, RYT-200 will be guiding the practices. Hollie is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance obtained through the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Studio 8 in Huntington, WV. She is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center?s RYT-300 program, and works at Eternal Yoga and Pilates in Ashland, KY. Hollie Hall is a Huntington, WV native and currently resides in South Point, Ohio with her husband, George, two sons, Elijah and Nate, and mother-in-law, Barbara.

Meets at Lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #8: Backcountry Cooking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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 Fields Facility. No transportation required.




Thursday 6:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #9: Star Gazing - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

Join us for stargazing and learn more about the night sky! January is one of the best times to observe the night sky, with bright constellations, various nebulae, and star clusters to observe. You'll learn about various objects in the night sky, how to locate them, and their significance in time and space. A few binoculars and telescopes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own...just leave your flashlight behind! If you are scared of the dark then this is not the trip for you!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 7:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #10: Modern Adventures on Two Wheels - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Modern Adventures on two wheels, achieving fitness while exploring the world on a bicycle. Join the speaker in a presentation on the merits of using cycling as a tool to explore the world. Eastern Kentucky Native Jonathon Lewis has focused his travels the last few years on opportunities to incorporate cycling into the adventures. He finds fantastic experiences regardless if traveling the backroads of Eastern Kentucky, or across the ocean and into central Europe.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #11: Rise and Shine Yoga - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 10 Spots Open

Wake up, perhaps grab some coffee and your yoga mat, and head to the Fields Facility at the Lodge for an all-levels yoga practice designed to kick-start your day of adventure. Consciously move with your breath through standing and seated postures, and activate mobility, flexibility, and strength in the body and mind to ignite your focus and energy for the rest of your day's itinerary. Start your day off with a positive mindset! Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in (jeans not recommended). Bring your yoga mat and a small blanket to the Meeting Room at the Lodge. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before practice in order to set up. Hollie Hall, RN, RYT-200 will be guiding the practices. Hollie is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance obtained through the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Studio 8 in Huntington, WV. She is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center?s RYT-300 program and works at Eternal Yoga and Pilates in Ashland, KY. Hollie Hall is a Huntington, WV native and currently resides in South Point, Ohio with her husband, George, two sons, Elijah and Nate, and mother-in-law, Barbara.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #15: Hot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

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 #16: A Visit to Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 58 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.




Friday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #17: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 20 Spots Open

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." 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.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #30: A Visit to Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 56 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.




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.




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #38: Yoga In The Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 Spots Open

Continue your winter adventure and trek underground for a refreshing all-levels yoga practice in the stunning Cascade Cave! Rejuvenate your mind and body as you are guided through standing and seated yoga postures, along with breathing exercises that will renew your entire being. What an exclusive experience here at Carter Caves and an incredible investment in your health! All levels are welcomed in this practice. Previous yoga experience is not required. Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in (jeans not recommended), and be prepared for temperature around 55 degrees. Layers recommended. Your body temperature will fluctuate during the practice. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put underneath 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; however, there are some uneven areas. Hollie Hall, RN, RYT-200 will be guiding the practices. Hollie is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance obtained through the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Studio 8 in Huntington, WV. She is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center?s RYT-300 program and works at Eternal Yoga and Pilates in Ashland, KY. Hollie Hall is a Huntington, WV native and currently resides in South Point, Ohio with her husband, George, two sons, Elijah and Nate, and mother-in-law, Barbara.

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




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #39: 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 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #46: 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 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #47: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 28 Spots Open

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." 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.




Friday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #48: 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 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #49: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #50: 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 #51: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #52: Campfire Social - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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. We will keep the fire going all weekend to warm up by and to roast marshmallows. Marshmallows are provided by the friendly people at Carter Caves.

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 6:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #53: Star Gazing - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

Join us for stargazing and learn more about the night sky! January is one of the best times to observe the night sky, with bright constellations, various nebulae, and star clusters to observe. You'll learn about various objects in the night sky, how to locate them, and their significance in time and space. A few binoculars and telescopes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own...just leave your flashlight behind! If you are scared of the dark then this is not the trip for you!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #54: 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    Indoor Program
Trip #56: Willard Rouse Jillson And The Crystal Cave of Sloans Valley, Kentucky - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. With nearly 25 miles of passages, Sloans Valley Cave in southeastern part of the state is the 4th longest cave in Kentucky and ranks #23 in the United States. The karst window known as Great Rock Sink has historically been the most popular access point and the area within, known as Crystal Cave, was operated as a show cave until submerged in early 1951 by the impoundment of Lake Cumberland. This presentation traces the exploration history of Sloans Valley, focusing primarily upon the Crystal Cave section. Highlighted are the explorations and surveys carried out in 1950 by Dr. Willard Rouse Jillson, the Kentucky State Geologist of the time, and his students from Transylvania University (Lexington). The presentation also covers exploration and surveys made during the 1960s and 1970s by the combined efforts of the Greater Cincinnati, Central Ohio, and Bluegrass grottos.

Meets in the Fields Facility. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #57: A Look At Crawlathon & Winter Adventure Weekend Over The Years - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. For many years Carter Caves has been known for its mid winter special events. Beginning in the early 1980's with the Crawlathon and then the Winter Adventure Weekend, John Tierney has been a part of this since the very beginning. Tonight's program will be a recap of these events that will bring us to the current year.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #58: 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 #60: WAW Friday Night Live - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. Join other winter adventurers tonight in the Fields facility for an evening of socializing. The Squeezebox will be open, we'll have the giant stack'em blocks up, slack lines, a few corn hole games, and last but not least the caver sarlacc! A new way to test your adventure skills at W.A.W. Don't miss out on a great way to experience this event with other participants.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No 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 Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #221: History of Mine Lighting - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 6 Spots 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.

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

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




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #76: 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 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #78: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 15 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.

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




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #80: X-Cave Flashlight Tour - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 16 Spots 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.

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #81: Tracking - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 12 Spots Open

Come learn how to read the messages that all are left behind by all animals, including humans. You will learn how to recognize the seven basic attributes of all tracks. This class will open your eyes many of the things you have been missing in a wilderness setting. Things such as what animal a track represents, how fast it was moving and its size. This will include looking at the vast amount of sign beyond what is captured in tracks on the ground such as aerial sign and intangible sign. This workshop is very useful for anyone that enjoys seeing more wildlife, and being more aware of what surrounds even when you cant see it. Come learn how to read the ground like a book.

Trip Fee: $6.00 - Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #92: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #93: Backpacking: Finding the Right Fit for YOU - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Backpacking is the perfect activity to escape the bustle of the modern world and enjoy the outdoors with a completely different lifestyle. This workshop is for both those that are new to backpacking and those who have completed some backpacking trips and desire to increase their knowledge and skills. Topics will include trip preparation/planning, safety, training, gear options, choosing/packing your pack, food/cooking options, wilderness etiquette and basic navigation. Interactive discussion and questions from the group will be welcome. Various types of backpacking gear will be shown and you are encouraged to bring your own pack and gear to the class for evaluation.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #95: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #96: 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 #97: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. The Sarlac Pit, much like a cave, is a pit full off obstacles that one must navigate through to find the exit and be able to see daylight again. The pit will test your physical ability to travel through a small space and will remind you of what claustorphobia truly is.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #99: A 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.

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #103: Hawks n Arrows - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 2 Spots Open

The title reads like new dish from an ancient culture; but here at WAW, it means learning the basics of shooting a bow and arrow along with learning the techniques for throwing a Tomahawk and Mouse Hawk. Participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of shooting a bow and arrow. This will include safe usage and beginner shooting techniques. Then have the chance to shoot an arrow at a bulls eye target. Participants will also get the opportunity to "kill" some wood using a tomahawk and/or a mouse hawk. We will go over hawk safety, and the basics for throwing before getting an opportunity to "kill" some wood.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #107: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #111: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #112: 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 #113: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. The Sarlac Pit, much like a cave, is a pit full off obstacles that one must navigate through to find the exit and be able to see daylight again. The pit will test your physical ability to travel through a small space and will remind you of what claustorphobia truly is.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #115: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #116: 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    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #125: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 30 Spots Open

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." 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.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #126: Backcountry Cooking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

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.

Trip Fee: $3.00 - Meets at the Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #131: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #132: 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 #133: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. The Sarlac Pit, much like a cave, is a pit full off obstacles that one must navigate through to find the exit and be able to see daylight again. The pit will test your physical ability to travel through a small space and will remind you of what claustorphobia truly is.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #134: Gone Caving Card Game - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

Drop in. "Gone Caving!" is a card game that let's you and friends explore a cave together while having fun and raising money to support the caving community and conservation efforts. This game has been created by cavers, is being tested by cavers, and gone on a few caving trips of it's own! Perhaps you're a caver yourself? If you aren't yet, we want you to be! This can be your first step into a new world of discovery. "Gone Caving" will be released soon, but this is your chance to get a sneak peek and offer your thoughts and insights as we test. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Proceeds from the game benefit the National Speleological Society (NSS) which helps protect caves for future generations, promote safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #137: Wilderness Tool Usage - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 25 Spots Open

If you like using tools or want to know how to use your outdoor tools more safely and effectively, this workshop is for you. We will be looking at knives, axes, saws and otherwilderness-use tools. This will include heaping amount of methods to use them safely solo and in groups. We will study the different types of blades, grinds, handle and sheath materials for knives as well as axes and mauls. You will learn proper maintenance, including sharpening, of these tools. Lastly, we will consider the proper stewardship of harvesting wood from the environment so we can always leave it better than we found it.

Trip Fee: $6.00 - Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #144: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #151: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #152: 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 #153: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. The Sarlac Pit, much like a cave, is a pit full off obstacles that one must navigate through to find the exit and be able to see daylight again. The pit will test your physical ability to travel through a small space and will remind you of what claustorphobia truly is.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #154: Gone Caving Card Game - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

Drop in. "Gone Caving!" is a card game that let's you and friends explore a cave together while having fun and raising money to support the caving community and conservation efforts. This game has been created by cavers, is being tested by cavers, and gone on a few caving trips of it's own! Perhaps you're a caver yourself? If you aren't yet, we want you to be! This can be your first step into a new world of discovery. "Gone Caving" will be released soon, but this is your chance to get a sneak peek and offer your thoughts and insights as we test. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Proceeds from the game benefit the National Speleological Society (NSS) which helps protect caves for future generations, promote safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #157: A Visit to Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 50 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.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #160: Hawks n Arrows - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 1 Spot Open

The title reads like new dish from an ancient culture; but here at WAW, it means learning the basics of shooting a bow and arrow along with learning the techniques for throwing a Tomahawk and Mouse Hawk. Participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of shooting a bow and arrow. This will include safe usage and beginner shooting techniques. Then have the chance to shoot an arrow at a bulls eye target. Participants will also get the opportunity to "kill" some wood using a tomahawk and/or a mouse hawk. We will go over hawk safety, and the basics for throwing before getting an opportunity to "kill" some wood.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #162: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #163: Trail Running 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Making the transition from road to trail running can be a humbling experience. Are you ready to make the switch or simply learn the basic requirements to get started in this rapid growing sport? Trail Running 101 is a workshop that will introduce you to all the things needed to get you out on the trails. This workshop will cover: trail running basics, safety tips for all trail runners, proper trail running gear, and strength exercises to prepare you to hit the ground running. Trail running is generally less competitive than road racing and is about taking time to stop and appreciate your surroundings. If done right, it should be a very liberating experience for everyone. EJ Adventures is a Kentucky based organization that hosts trail runs and looks forward to passing along these basic trail running techniques and emphasize how important our public trails are for all of us.

Trip Fee: $3.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. 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.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #166: Staying Warm in a Winter Camp - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

So?.. its Winter Adventure Weekend! While many of us will have all of our modern conveniences to keep us toasty during this weekend, imagine a time when those modern marvels weren't available. Camping in the winter could be not only a miserable situation, but a deadly one! Join Quinton and Jeff Tyree for a look at what it takes to stay warm in a winter camp. Topics will range from building shelters to making fire and so much more! This program will be outdoors do make sure to dress for the elements.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meet at the lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #167: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #168: 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 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #169: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. The Sarlac Pit, much like a cave, is a pit full off obstacles that one must navigate through to find the exit and be able to see daylight again. The pit will test your physical ability to travel through a small space and will remind you of what claustorphobia truly is.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #170: Gone Caving Card Game - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

Drop in. "Gone Caving!" is a card game that let's you and friends explore a cave together while having fun and raising money to support the caving community and conservation efforts. This game has been created by cavers, is being tested by cavers, and gone on a few caving trips of it's own! Perhaps you're a caver yourself? If you aren't yet, we want you to be! This can be your first step into a new world of discovery. "Gone Caving" will be released soon, but this is your chance to get a sneak peek and offer your thoughts and insights as we test. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Proceeds from the game benefit the National Speleological Society (NSS) which helps protect caves for future generations, promote safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #171: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday. You won't want to miss it: music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations. All funds collected will go directly back into projects, equipment and supplies for Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #176: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

Continue your winter adventure and trek underground for a refreshing all-levels yoga practice in the stunning Cascade Cave! Rejuvenate your mind and body as you are guided through standing and seated yoga postures, along with breathing exercises that will renew your entire being. What an exclusive experience here at Carter Caves and an incredible investment in your health! All levels are welcomed in this practice. Previous yoga experience is not required. Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in (jeans not recommended), and be prepared for temperature around 55 degrees. Layers recommended. Your body temperature will fluctuate during the practice. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put underneath 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; however, there are some uneven areas. Hollie Hall, RN, RYT-200 will be guiding the practices. Hollie is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance obtained through the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Studio 8 in Huntington, WV. She is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center?s RYT-300 program and works at Eternal Yoga and Pilates in Ashland, KY. Hollie Hall is a Huntington, WV native and currently resides in South Point, Ohio with her husband, George, two sons, Elijah and Nate, and mother-in-law, Barbara.

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




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #179: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #180: 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 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #181: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #182: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday. You won't want to miss it: music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations. All funds collected will go directly back into projects, equipment and supplies for Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #183: Slacklining & The Sarlac - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - 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. The Sarlac Pit, much like a cave, is a pit full off obstacles that one must navigate through to find the exit and be able to see daylight again. The pit will test your physical ability to travel through a small space and will remind you of what claustorphobia truly is.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #184: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 13 Spots Open

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." 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.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #186: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday. You won't want to miss it: music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations. All funds collected will go directly back into projects, equipment and supplies for Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #187: Live Music - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. After a full day of adventuring its time to come hang out, relax, and enjoy some live music this evening at our Saturday night Social.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #188: Announcements and Reflections on the Day - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. It is time to gather and give our reflections on the day and announce winners of kids squeezebox competition, rope climbing competition and our Volunteer of the Year award. The accepted images of this years photo salon will be shown as well as our presentation of ribbons for the winners.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 8:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #189: Keynote Presentation: Lechuguilla Far West Expedition: February 2017 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. 10 people, 7 days and lots of gear, ever wonder what it is like to participate in a 7-day expedition underground? Tammy Otten will tell the story of how one group traveled through Lechuguilla Cave to the Far West to continue exploration and survey of this incredible national resource. Share the journey as they travel through Lechuguilla Cave to the Deep Seas Camp and beyond. See recent discoveries, including photographs of Zion, a 600' x 170' x 250' room, discovered during the expedition. Learn about the proposal process, planning for a trip, necessary gear, food and hydration concerns, hygiene and grooming activities, supplies and other camping considerations. See what a cave camp looks like as well as the ins and outs of daily activities conducted during a typical expedition. The presentation will also cover water, cooking and waste management, leave no trace procedures and other conservation protocols used to protect a beautiful cave while exploration and survey continue.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #190: Official Squeezebox Adult Finals Competition - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. This is the true test of will, guts, and stupidity! Preliminary rounds are complete and the top four male and females in each weight category will duke it out on stage this evening to see how low they can go! Join us and cheer on your favorite contender as they push the limits of their physical ability in the squeezebox!

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No 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 9:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #193: Focus on Photos Salon - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

The photo salon judges will critique this years photo salon submissions and explain what they look for in an outstanding photo. Discussion will aim to help photographers take better pictures and avoid common problems.

Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #198: 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    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #202: X-Cave Flashlight Tour - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 24 Spots 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.

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #206: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 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.

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




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #208: Makin String - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 6 Spots Open

Have you ever wondered how many things you could do with string? Well, actually a lot! It is super versatile and useful in a survival situation. However, what happens when you are outdoors without string? Mother Nature has what you need! Come learn how to make string and cordage from wild plants in the forest during this fun hands on activity.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #209: Backcountry Banter: Cooking for Backpackers - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 25 people - 20 Spots Open

Tired of beans and weenies? Had one too many granola bars? There is no excuse not to eat great food on the trail! During this event, we will make a finger-lickin, lip-smackin delicious trail meal. Along the way we will talk tips and tricks for saving fuel, keeping your food hot, and getting the most out of your stove!

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No 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.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #211: Knot Your Daddy's Knot Class - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 15 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #213: 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 #215: A 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.

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #218: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #219: 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 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #220: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 9 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."

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.