Guests can zip and drop in at Carter Caves State Resort Park May 5

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By Kentucky State Parks

Guests have a unique opportunity to experience a zip and drop adventure at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky, Saturday.

The zip is a 200-foot zip line trip on the Smoky Bridge Highline, 50 feet above the ground. The drop is a 50-foot rappel from Smoky Bridge, a 120-foot long natural rock bridge at the park. Experience Smoky Bridge in a way few visitors get to see. No previous experience is necessary to participate.

The reward is not only the adrenaline rush from being suspended by rope above the forest floor, but the scenery from this perspective is a large reason to try this, said Paul Tierney, a naturalist at Carter Caves. Imagine being perched on a wooden platform, looking down into Smoky Valley at the lush spring greenery peaking up from the forest floor as you’re clipped into the rigging and taking that first step off, and gliding down the rope through the valley.

Each trip is $5 a person. Participants must be ages 6 years and older and weigh 250 pounds or less. To make a reservation, call the park at (606) 286-4411. The zip and drop will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There’s not another place in the state where visitors can experience this kind of adventure for only $5, Tierney said. It’s really a one-of-a-kind event at a beautiful location. A family of four can do something that perhaps they’ve never done before for only $20 as a family.

Besides the zip line and rappel, Carter Caves offers cave tours and more than 30 miles of hiking trails. Early May is prime wildflower season at the park.

Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive and has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, boating and fishing. During summer months, swimming and horseback riding are also offered. For more information about the park, call (606) 286-4411 or visit www.parks.ky.gov.