Carter Cave State Resort Park hosts excursions along Tygarts Creek

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By Kentucky State Parks

Plan a spring adventure on Tygarts Creek on a canoe or kayak with a 6-mile excursion hosted by Carter Caves State Resort Park.

The park is offering guided trips on six dates in 2018: Saturday, April 21 and 29, and May 2, 6 and 12.

The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges. The park will provide canoes or kayaks, paddles, life vest, transportation shuttle from and back to the Welcome Center, and guides for your trip. The fee is $40 per person, reduced to $30 a person for those who bring their own canoe or kayak.

Participants should have some paddle experience before signing up for these trips. Along the way, participants will see high cliff sides and the natural beauty that the spring has to offer. There will also be a side trip into one of Kentucky’s largest natural limestone tunnels.

Guests should wear proper attire for cool weather paddling, a complete change of clothes, treaded footwear, a flashlight for the natural tunnel visit, sack lunch, bottled water and a dry bag for supplies. Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate. Paddlers ages 15 and under must be with a legal guardian.

Participants will meet at the park Welcome Center and should be ready to leave at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is required. To register, visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/ CarterCaves PaddleTrips. For more information, call the park at (606) 286-4411.

Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill has a lodge, cottages, restaurant, campground, gift shop, cave tours and many recreational activities. For more information about the park, visit www.parks.ky.gov.