Mammoth Cave National Park

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With over 400 miles of labyrinthine cave systems to explore, Mammoth Cave National Park lives up to its name. Mammoth Cave's subterranean system is the largest known cave system in the world and one of America's earliest tourist attractions. For more than 2,000 years, humans have been exploring the depths of these marvelous caves, some to satisfy curiosity and others to mine for precious minerals. The complexities of this cave system and its long history have been well preserved, and stepping into the grand caverns and gloomy labyrinths is like to stepping into the past.

To learn more about Mammoth Cave National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Details

Visitor Centers:
While the park is open 24 hours a day year round, the Visitor Center is subject to seasonal closures. Check the park's website for current hours of operation.

Visiting Tips

Mammoth Cave National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. No matter the season, Kentucky experiences moderate temperatures and weather. In the spring, conditions tend to be rainy, and while storms occur year round, the highest percentage of them occur between March and September.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entry fee for Mammoth Cave National Park. Most of the resources available within the park are offered free of charge. Various cave tours are offered at an additional cost, and it is recommended that you make a reservation before you visit. For more information about tour fees and making reservations, click here.

Camping and Lodging

Camping:
There are three campgrounds that operate within Mammoth Cave National Park, in addition to more than a dozen primitive backcountry campsites. A permit is required for backcountry camping and can be procured at the Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended at the Mammoth Cave and Maple Springs campgrounds. Campsites at Houchin Ferry are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Mammoth Cave Campground: $20 per night. Group sites are available.
  • Houchin Ferry Campground: $12 per night.
  • Maple Springs Equestrian Campground: $25 per night. Group sites are available.

Lodging:
Lodging is available at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, as well as its affiliate locations. Reservations can be made online or by calling (877) 386-4383.

Maps and Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food and Drink

There are a variety of dining options located both in the park and in the nearby towns. Visitors can choose restaurant style dining or take advantage of various excellent picnic spots. In addition, the nearby counties and towns boast a variety of local restaurants.

The Mammoth Cave Hotel operates three restaurants in season and a Camp Store that provides a limited amount of supplies as well as groceries for campers. More information about dining options at the Mammoth Cave Hotel can be found here.

Other Activities

The opportunities for exploration in Mammoth Cave National Park are limitless, and there are many different ways to explore all that the park has to offer. Touring the vast caves is just one example, but above ground exploration is encouraged as well. Miles of bike paths and hiking trails provide an escape from the every day while horseback riding or taking a float down the Green or Nolin Rivers provide an excellent way to unwind. Visit Mammoth Cave's website for more information on the park's other activities.
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