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11 days ago

Probably the most beautiful trail I’ve done. I adore Carter Caves.

nice walk

17 days ago

Nice, short hike with little waterfall in season near the back entrance to the cave. Only downside is that a landslide has covered up most of the main entrance to cave.

17 days ago

Great hike. Would suggest doing it clockwise in order to hit the best bridge last.

very nice short hike beautiful

very nice hike, folks at the gift shop were very knowledgeable and helpful.

1 month ago

I’ve always loved Carter Caves!!! Get out an ‘splore’ KY!!! It’s the most beautiful state!!!

Beautiful. Relaxing.

Great trail. Mostly easy, with some moderate uphill sections. A few places were not marked very well, and there were a few places where unmarked trails branch off of the main trail. My advice- stay the course and don't make a turn if you're not sure. Although I did walk some of these trails for a bit to see where they went, then doubled back. You might be able to get lost if you go too far. Of course a good walking stick is recommended for the spider webs that you will encounter. Markers say to allow 6 hours for this trail, but it's easily done in much less if you're a frequent hiker. Also, Shangri-la arch is collapsing so be careful in this area. There are arrows painted on the rocks to help guide you, just beware if you travel this area especially after heavy rain, there may be falling or loose rocks.

Great trip

5 months ago

Great trail for a few hour hike. 3 awesome formations with many other great sights! For sure moderate with a few steep climbs about half way through.

Go to the right when you start the trail. Better views right away.

paddle sports
5 months ago

Great trip to a special place on the lake. allow yourself 2-2.5 hours round trip. Absolutely stunning scenery along the way and several water features as well.

Scenery is wonderful. But summer weekends feature crowds, motor boats, and loud partying on the water in earshot of the "hidden falls."

A true hidden gem

paddle sports
6 months ago

Such a great paddle trail and definitely worth it to see Grotto Falls. I believe there is another big waterfall further down clifty creek but I didn't have enough time to see it. If you listen closely while paddling along the river you can hear falling water all around and check out a bunch of smaller ones as well. The cliffs surrounding are gorgeous at sunset and the water is a beautiful clear emerald green. Download the trail to get best directions to the entrance of the cave, it's well hidden but if you go further into the cove you can't miss it. Go into the cave for about 100 ft and it'll open up into the grotto.

Absolutely beautiful!

Was totally unexpected, and amazing. We are planning a return trip, there is so much to see and do.

7 months ago

Beautiful, easy, great place for kids of all ages to play in the creek. A must see

7 months ago

enjoyed this trail. beautiful and challenging

8 months ago

Nice short trail. Wife and I did it in 20 mins while waiting on a cave tour to start. Definitely recommend if you have time to kill.

8 months ago

Hiked the trail last weekend and it was great. Definitely recommend getting a permit for Horn Hollow Cave from the gift shop and checking it out, it's about the half way point on the back side of the trail.

8 months ago

A nice trail to see Spring wildflowers on. Lots of mountain laurel in spots. A nice hike any time of year.

Awesome caves and beautiful bridges! Sooo worth the hike!

9 months ago

We hiked this trail after a week of heavy rain, this made for some great pics. I would highly recommend this trail. There are a lot of up and downs with one steep climb towards the end. Trail is very well marked. We will definitely be doing this trail again in the spring.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gorgeous trail, but it's poorly maintained and poorly marked in quite a few places.

Monday, August 28, 2017

At the beginning of the hike I encountered heavy foot traffic along with a boring and fairly easy trail that ran parallel to a road. However, around the half way point the trail opened up tremendously. With plenty of side attractions, this trail made up for the slow and boring start.
The rock formations were incredible, along with the large amount of cliffs and over hangs, this trail offers an additional rock climbing area which looked like it'd be a blast.
Follow that up with the Fern Bridge and the Raven Bridge, you can spend easily 2-3 hours on this trail and not get bored.
The trail was marked well, and I even went down to the lake afterwards to sit and rest.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

beginning of trail is boring and has you cross a road 2 times. not so much off the beaten path, with some road noise in some places. However the plus side the trail was marked fairly well, in good condition, plenty of places to explore off trail. Once you get to the second half the rock formations are beautiful and there is actually an area where you can climb and repel about a 100ft rock face if you bring the proper gear. the second half makes up for the first. I did the trail going counter-clockwise from the trailhead.

Gear I Used on the trail:
string bag

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

We put in in the middle of 64 great trip took out at bridge on 60 awsome ride

Good trail. Lots of hills and rocks. Challenging but overly so.

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