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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Hiking Field Trips

List of all hiking field trips.





Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #2: Geomorphology Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 3.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

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

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #6: All about Oaks - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 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.




Friday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #12: A Dummies Guide to Water Treatment for the Backpacker - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #34: The Story of the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #60: 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.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #62: Key Features of Karst Landscapes - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 16 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.

Meets at lodge . No transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #114: A Hike Through The Back-Forty - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 1 Spot 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).

Meets at lodge . Transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #148: The Story of the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 10 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.




Sunday 8:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #172: Practicing Leave No Trace with Winter Recreation and Caving - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 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.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #179: 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.

Meets at Welcome Center. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #189: 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.

Meet at lodge. No transportation required.