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All Saturday Morning Field Trips


List of all Saturday morning field trips and descriptions.

Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #10: Hiking 101 - Get Started With Hiking - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Have you been thinking about going for a hike in a local park but have some questions about what to bring and where to go? Come out to Outdoor Adventure Connection's "Hiking 101" to learn the do's and don'ts of hiking. We will discuss clothing, footwear, gear, safety, maps and area parks so you and your family can have a safe and enjoyable outing. Learn the ten essentials that every hiker should have. Get the confidence needed to plan a hike. We will also talk about our ten best beginner-friendly trails for a hike in Eastern Kentucky. Learn from the experts!

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.

Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #11: Geomorphology Hike II: The Valley of the Caves - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 1 Spot Open

A hike to view surface features and topology shaped by karst processes in the middle to upper reaches of the Valley of the Caves. The Valley of fhe Caves is the location of the major caves of Carter Caves State Resort Park. This hike will look at surface karst features related to Bat Cave, the largest cave in the Park, from truncated caves segments downstream of the cave to sinkholes and pits above the cave proper as well as additional karst features up valley from the furthest extensions of the cave, hinting at passages yet undiscovered.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.

Saturday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #12: Tygart's Creek Regretta - Level: 4 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 12 people - 3 Spots Open

This is a 6-mile canoe trip that navigates you through the Tygarts Creek Gorge. Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge. You will be on the creek for at least 3.5 hours. It is cold and wet, especially if you swamp! Because of the remoteness of the gorge and limited access, there is no turning back once you start. Needless to say this trip is not for beginners. Canoes, paddles, and vests will be provided. You should bring water, lunch or a snack for we will be eating lunch along the creek. Required Equipment includes the correct attire for cold weather paddling, a wet or dry suit is highly recommended, if not you are required to have a complete change of clothes in a dry bag. There are no exceptions to the required equipment, and the trip leaders can remove you from the trip if you do not meet the requirements. This trip can be canceled if the creek is frozen over, flooding or to low to naviagate. If this happens you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund or we can register you for other trips during the weekend.

Trip Fee: $15.00 - Meets at the Picnic Area drive and follow signs from lodge. Transportation required.

Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #13: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - Trip Full

X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave." This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.

Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #14: Hot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park. The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities. Dogs on leashes and strollers pushed by parents are welcome of course. Enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area and all participants will receive a small memento for braving the Hot Chocolate 5K. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area.

Meets at Horse Campground. Transportation required.

Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #15: A Dummies Guide to Water Treatment for the Backpacker - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Confused about all the options to treat water in the backcountry? Not sure what to choose? Learn the facts! Selecting a water treatment system can be an overwhelming decision. There are many factors to consider, including method, effort, size, weight, treatment time and cost. In this workshop we will cover all the major types of water treatment options for the backpacker, day hiker and camper and what types of organisms each system is effective at eliminating. We will discuss the pros and cons of each method. We will give you advice on what to consider, what we think is the most important, and which products might be best for you. We'll also discuss why treating water in the backcountry is necessary, the common waterborne pathogens you'll encounter, how they make you ill and the symptoms of waterborne illnesses.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.