Audubon Society of Kentucky (859) 576-
1729 Headley Green Fax: 859-
Lexington KY 40504-
Annual Spring Weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park
The Audubon Society of Kentucky will gather for our annual Spring Weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park, May 4-
Carter Caves has been one of our favorite Spring Weekend destinations over the years. Plenty of beautiful hiking trails with a variety of habitats for birdwatching. There are densely forested areas, borders of open meadows around the golf course, steam banks along Tygart’s Creek and the open water of Smokey Valley Lake. Just down the road is the beautiful Cascade Caverns park area. If it rains, there are underground caves to explore.
Directions to Carter Caves State Resort Park: Leave Lexington on I-
The lodge offers 28 rooms with full amenities. We have a block of 9 lodge rooms that will be held for us until two weeks before the weekend. But if you register late, any available rooms will still be offered at the same discounted rate of $79.95 per night plus taxes and fees. Make your reservations by calling 606-
Cabins and Camping are also available. Cabins are reserved by calling the same phone number. Campsites may be reserved on line at:
Tierney's Cavern Restaurant honors our most popular attraction, the caves and retired park Naturalist John Tierney. The restaurant seats 100 and accompanying the new name is a new menu that offers many appetizing selections.
As a supporter of Kentucky Proud program, we utilize locally grown meats and produce when available. Our staff provides a friendly, warm atmosphere while giving professional service.
Full Breakfast served on Saturday and Sundays.
Dates: March 9 -
Friday and Saturday, 7:00am to 8:00pm
Friday and Saturday night buffets will be determined based on business. Please call park to check.
Sunday lunch buffet 11:30am to 3:00pm.
Tentative Schedule of Audubon Activities:
Fri. (May 4) 6:30 pm Potluck Picnic at the Picnic Shelter Bring a dish or two to share including beverage, tableware, etc.
8:00 pm TBA Program at the Lodge Meeting Room preceded by a brief business meeting.
9:00 pm Owling
Sat. (May 5) 8:00 am Morning Bird Walk
10:00 am Optional Second Morning Bird Walk
1:00 pm Afternoon Bird Walk
5:30 pm Derby Party at the Wood, Sutton & Canon cabin. Bring party food,beverage and $1.00 bills for drawing horses out of a hat!
7:00 pm Tally of bird species seen thus far
Sun. (May 6) 8:00 – 10:00 am Morning Bird Walk at nearby Cascade Caverns. Leader: Steve Rice
All walks meet in front of the Lodge.
Any questions during the weekend, call Steve Rice’s cell phone 859-
Carter Caves History
Established on July 31, 1946
On July 31, 1946, the citizens of Carter and surrounding counties donated 945 acres to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for a state park. Contained in this tract are some of the most impressive caves in the state. Additional land has been obtained, making a total of some 2,000 acres. Carter and Cascade Caves are the best-
Bat Cave is the largest cave in the park. It is open only in the summer and is the home of an estimated 40,000 Indiana bats called Myotis that hibernate there in the winter. These bats are protected by the Kentucky Parks System. The cave’s main passageway is a half-
Saltpetre Cave is a dry cave. No streams flow through these passages today. Evidence suggests that water did flow through the cave many years ago. The cave has long, broad, low-
The most popular cave for visitors in the Carter Cave system is X Cave, so-
In 1959 Cascade Cave, once privately owned and operated, became a part of the Carter Cave State Park System. Shown to visitors since 1925, the cavern is made up a series of parallel passages. They are filled with dripstone formations of different types. The entrance to Cascade Cave is located on the side of one of the many sinkholes in the area. Highlights of the cavern include “Counterfeiter’s Room” named for the supposed use of the cave by counterfeiters. The “Lake Room” is so-
Carter Caves State Park has several natural bridges. Smokey Bridge is the largest natural bridge in Kentucky. Carter Cave Natural Bridge is the only one in the state with a paved road on top.
Although established as a state park in 1946, funding for Carter Caves did not occur until 1948. Between 1948 and 1955, the state spent $600,000 to create one of the most beautiful parks in the commonwealth. The construction of 45-
If you have any other questions, call me on my cell phone, 859-
Audubon Society of Kentucky for the Study and Protection of Wild Birds and Animals, Inc.
Steven E. Rice, President