Explore the most popular trails near Olive Hill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
3 days ago

Had the best walk here today with my husband, it was the first “hike” we have done since maybe November. It felt like spring.

hiking
3 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. The view at the end is amazing!!!

Great trail for March weather. Plenty of moving water and some good hills.

secluded which I liked. doesn't seem like its traveled much. only came upon it hunting since it is in the tygart state Forrest.

I started out at the lodge (there's a connector trail from there). This trail will show you most of what Carter Caves SP has to offer. Rock bridges, waterfalls, rock formations, lakeside paths, suspension bridges, streams etc. It's all beautiful and will not disappoint. It rained the night before so things were pretty muddy. This trail is on the hard side of moderate; many stream crossings and a decent amount of rock hopping. I wouldn't take small kiddos out on it. Elevation-wise however, it's not bad. There's a tough crossing at the dam when the water's high so be careful. I have a photo of it on my recording. Total length was about 9 miles and you'll want to give yourself at least 6 hours to complete it. A fantastic all day hike if you take in the sights.

hiking
2 months ago

Good short morning or afternoon hike. Many interesting rock formations along the way with the rock bridges at the top of the list. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. As one of the signs along the way says, it's "Fairly Flat" but there's definitely enough ups and downs to get your heart pumping. Trailhead is across the road from the welcome center (next to the "Saltpeter Cave" entrance).

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty even in the winter !

nice walk

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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

hiking
8 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
8 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
9 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

enjoyed this trail. beautiful and challenging

hiking
11 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.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Friday, March 16, 2018

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

hiking
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Awesome caves and beautiful bridges! Sooo worth the hike!

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