March 20, 2013 —
Although established as a state park in 1946, state funding for Carter Caves did not occur until 1948.
In the next seven years, the state spent $600,000 on park improvements, including the construction of 45-acre Smokey Lake for fishing and boating.
Another $900,000 was expended in the ensuing eight years to add the lodge, a nine-hole golf course, picnic areas, and a number of other improvements.
Today, Carter Caves State Park is flourishing as a beautiful and exciting place to visit.
It stands as a memorial to those farsighted, proud Carter Countians and a few of their neighbors from other nearby counties who recognized that the land and its natural features were worth preserving for future generations to enjoy.
(Next: Part 3 will review the park today and how its attractions have changed over the years.)
Keith Kappes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 800-247-6142.