“Come enjoy a subterranean adventure!”
The Carter County region has the highest concentration of caves to be found in any area of Kentucky. Two of the park’s caves offer guided tours year-round, Cascade Cave and X-Cave. Enjoy a subterranean adventure, created by nature over millions of years. Other attractions include a natural bridge, Golf, a lake, Camping, gemstone mine (for kids), Swimming and Traditional Hiking. Cave X is called this because it has 4 entrances that meet in the center, like an X. This cave is said to be haunted by two Cherokee lovers. It is said that warrior Huraken found this cave and its hidden vein of silver, but kept it a secret so that he could use it to make gifts for the chief’s daughter, Manuita. When Huraken didn’t come home after a battle, Manuita believed him dead and committed suicide by jumping off a cliff. But Huraken had only gone to the cave – he had decided to ask for Manuita’s hand in marriage and wanted to make her some gifts for the occasion. On his way home from the cave he came across Manuita’s body and hid it in the cave so he could watch over it. When the chief found out, he thought Huraken was to blame, and Huraken was sentenced to death. Huraken’s last request was to visit Manuita’s body one last time, but he never came out of the cave. Years later, inside the cave were found the bones of two bodies and some silver pieces. The caves and the legend have been written about in books.
No free access to caves.
Great place to camp!
I always enjoy coming to this park. The food is good, the people are nice and the rooms are comfortable. We will definitely be coming back.
Carly our guide was very well spoken and informative. She kept us entertained as well as the children on out tour. The trails could have been a little clearer. like where they inter -twine with or split apart again could be marked better. Still it was a great hike.
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