Bat Cave

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Location: Exit 161 off I-64. 3.2 km east on U.S. 60 to State Hwy. 182. Park entrance 13 km N of Olive Hill. Cave tours depart from the Welcome Center.
Open: Welcome Center: APR to OCT daily 9-16:30, NOV to MAR daily 9:30-16.
Cave closed due to White Nose Sydrome until further notice!
Fee: Cave closed due to White Nose Sydrome until further notice!
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none, bring torch
Dimension: T=13-16 °C.
Guided tours: L=3300 m, D=2 h.
Cave Trekking tours: D=2.5 h, T=13-16 °C.
Address: Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Drive, Route 5, Box 1120, Olive Hill, KY 41164-9032, Tel: +1-606-286-4411, Fax: +1-800-325-0059. E-mail: contact
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1780 area discovered by white settlers.


Bat Cave is a wild cave. There are two different tours into this cave, both include stooping and bending. Visitors should wear appropriate clothes and closed shoes, and bring their own electric torches, as this cave is not lit at all.

The cave trekking tour, called "crawling tour" includes even more crawling in the muddy cave. Appropriate clothes and additional clothes to change afterwards are a good idea.

In winter this cave is used by thousands of Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) for hibernation, and it is thus closed for visitors. The number of bats is estimated nearly 30,000 individuals.