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Carter Caves, KY State Park – Dog Friendly!

October 27th, 2012 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Dog Friendly Vacation Spot Lovers…

I am now getting around to blogging about our overnight to:

Carter Caves KY State Resort Park. 

I also submitted my review to Tripadvisor and it was approved a few days ago.
Welcome to Carter Caves State Resort Park where your dogs are always welcome.  The first criteria for travel in my pack is, “are you dog friendly?”  The answer is a big yes for all of the Kentucky State Resort Parks.  Resort Parks means that there is a lodge in the park.  All of these Resorts Parks have at least 2 dog friendly rooms that tack on 27.00 dollars extra for clean up. We parked within 10 steps of our rooms.

I had the dog friendly room and it was spotless.  The floor was laminate and looked new.

My basset hound and I stayed in room 260.  I suggest you request this exact room.  It is on the ground level of course and there is a huge grassy area steps away from the door.

The Lodge even has doggie poop bags right out side of your door.  There a large bench to sit on as well.  My Mom had the room right next door.

Each room has a balcony that overlooks a mature forest area.  If there was a problem it was the balcony.  The barriers between the balconies did not come to the ground and with a dog like a basset hound, they could go right under it.  Not the best set up.  A leash would be a must for a low to the ground hound or a little dog.

Now a little bit about the park.  When entering Carter Caves make sure you are not in a hurry.  This drive leading into the park is absolutely beautiful.  There are dozens of little pull offs that over look a huge creek/stream.  The photo ops are endless.

If you plan ahead you can bring your lunch and have a picnic at one of the many tables that overlook the natural beauty of this area.  According to many KY State Park visitors this drive is one of the best in all of the KY State Parks.  I would have to agree.  We did not pick Carter Caves for the Caves.  My Mom and I had no intention of going anywhere there might be bats.  We go for the drives and the walks. There was also a really cute welcome center and gift shop.  This is where the cave tours start.  We also love the old time feel of the Lodges and the dining halls.  We had 2 meals in Tierney’s Cavern.  The menu was the same as other KY Resort Parks but the presentation was not as good.  The food was not hot and way, way over salted.  Our suggestion would be to ask the cook not to salt the food which we did and it was still too salty.  It was OK but nothing to buy a post card of the cave and write home about.

Chaps stayed in the room and laid by the door until my Mom and I got back.  He seemed fine.  I left the TV on for him and upon our return we all headed out for an evening walk around the area.  As we were heading out a group of 5 deer walked right in front of us.  They were not phased at all.

We always call it an early night with a glass of wine.  Bring your own because these KY State Resort Parks are dry.  We had full internet access with no problems at all.  There is cable TV in the rooms with about 15 channels.  We were going to explore more of the region the next morning but I got worse and we had to return home.  We will go back!  Again, we give Carter Caves KY State Resort Park 4 paws up.

More loving KY overnights later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB heading under any barrier she wants!



  1. debra
    October 28th, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    Belle is too old to travel now, but it is soooo interesting to hear about all of the Mayor’s trips. Hope he understands that not all basset hounds have thier own personal trip planner to take care of all of the little details.

  2. Maureen and Slinky
    October 29th, 2012 | 10:40 am

    Perhaps Slinky and I and you and your Mom; and of course Mayor Chaps could meet some place like this and have a nice visit.

    I am so sorry to hear that you are still under the weather.

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