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Carter Caves Trails

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344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
Impressive limestone natural bridge is one of the landmarks of the area and may be considered unique in Kentucky; it is the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a paved highway. White Blazes mark the trail.
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Raven Bridge Trail (0.7 miles)
344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
This trail is the most direct and easiest route to the delicately balanced sandstone arch, Raven Bridge. This ridgetop trail is fairly level and can be combined with the three bridges trail to make a loop trail from the lodge. Blue blazes mark trail.
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Box Canyon Trail (0.8 miles)
344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
One of our most scenic trails and passes unusual geologic features in the park, including the Cascade natural bridge, the Box Canyon and the wind tunnel. This trail is hilly and fairly difficult. Orange blazes mark trail.
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Horn Hollow Trail (1.5 miles)
344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
This hilly, but scenic trail takes you from the ridges into the streamless valley of Horn Hollow, where you see multiple cave entrances. This trail is especially rewarding during the spring wildflower season from April – May. Green blazes mark trail.
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Rockhouse Trail (0.1 miles)
344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
Short connector trail between Three Bridges Trail and Raven Bridge trails. The trail takes you alongside some striking sandstone cliff faces. Yellow blazes mark trail.
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344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
One of our longer hiking trails that visits the park’s backcountry. Two suspension bridges are found on this trail. Johnson Home place is a backcountry campsite that requires a permit. A short portion of this trail is within Tygart State Forest and allows equestrian and mountain bike use. Avoid this section of the trail or wear blaze orange during designated hunting seasons. Orange blazes mark the trail.
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344 Caveland DR
Olive Hill, KY
multi use trail that passes the mature hardwood of Tygart State Forest, the scenic Smoky Creek valley and old home places in Kiser Hollow. This trail is steep and rocky in places. Avoid the Tygart State Forest section of this trail or wear blaze orange during designated hunting seasons. Yellow blazes mark trail.
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344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
This popular trail highlights three of the parks natural bridges including Smoky Bridge (the park’s largest), Raven Bridge and Fern Bridge. The trail overlooks many vistas of Smoky Valley Lake and travels alongside many impressive sandstone cliffs. Red blazes mark trail.
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Ridgetop Trail (3.4 miles)
344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
Multi use ridgetop trail within Tygart State Forest follows the border around a hardwood tree reforestation project. During the warm season users need to be prepared for tick and poison ivy encounters. The trail provides some great overlooks, especially during the fall and winter months. Avoid this trail or wear blaze orange during designated hunting seasons. Orange blazes mark trail.
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Cave Branch Trail (2.2 miles)
344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY
Multi use trail within Tygart State Forest that explores the picturesque valley of the stream less Cave Branch Creek which is flowing underground through Bat Cave before it resurfaces near the park entrance. Avoid this trail or wear blaze orange during designated hunting seasons. Blue blazes mark trail.
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