X 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 Tours: APR to Memorial Day Mon-Fri 13, 16:30, Sat, Sun 10, 11:30, 13, 15, 16:30.
Memorial Day to Labor Day Mon-Fri 10:30, 12, 13:30, 15, 16:30, 17:30, Sat, Sun 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30.
Labor Day to OCT Mon-Fri 13, 16:30, Sat, Sun 10, 11:30, 13, 15, 16:30.
NOV-MAR daily 13, 16:30.
Fee: Adults USD 7, Children (3-12) USD 4.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: T=7-21 °C.
Guided tours: L=400 m, D=45 min, St=75.
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.


X Cave was named after the floor plan of the passages, which resembles an X. There are two almost parallel passages which cross in the middle, and the cave has four entrances, at all four ends of the X. Some parts of the cave are rather narrow or low, so the tour requires some stooping.

Highlight of this cave are numerous calcite formations. The largest stalactites in the cave are called the Great Chandelier. Extraordinary is the cave coral.

Rather excentric is the temperature of this cave, it has values between 7 °C and 21 °C. A cave normally has the same temperature all over the cave and all over the year. This cave seems to be very close to the surface and/or with very high ventilation so it is heavily influenced by the weather outside.