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Short trail that leads to a platform that overlooks the Dixon Cave entrance and leads to a Green River overlook.


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

84%

Runnable

766' 234 m

High

679' 207 m

Low

51' 15 m

Up

130' 40 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Dixon Cave Trail departs from the Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave, passes Dixon Cave, and ends at an Overlook where you can enjoy views of the Green River and surrounding forests. To access the trail, hike down the Historic Entrance trail from the back of the visitor center and past the station where people clean their shoes after emerging form the cave. On the right hand side of the path, the Dixon Cave Trail begins to climb uphill along the ridge where you can see rock outcrops that have been weathered over the years. The trail has transformed into a singletrack dirt trail where roots and rocks are scattered along the path. Watch your step. The trail winds around the hillside and arrives at the Dixon Cave Overlook, where you can climb some stairs up to a platform that overlooks the entrance to Dixon Cave. Dixon Cave was once a part of Mammoth Cave, but a sinkhole collapsed and separated the cave into two. Now, Indiana and Gray bats call the cave home causing the cave to be closed year round in order to protect the bats. In the late summer or early fall, you can see bats flying in and out of the cave as they search for mates before hibernating for the winter. It is important to remain quiet and not shining light into the cave entrance to avoid frightening the bats. After enjoying the cave entrance, a trail to the picnic area breaks off to the right. The trail descends toward and crosses the Green River Bluffs trail before passing a bench and emerging at a spot where you can enjoy views of the Green River. From here, you can either retrace your steps back to the visitor center or use the Green River Bluffs Trail to explore more of the park.

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David Hitchcock

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in South Side

#23561

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#12

in South Side

#238

in Kentucky

#23,561

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Photos

Mammoth Cave National Park
Apr 3, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY
Mammoth Cave National Park
Apr 3, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY
Dry creek bed.
Oct 13, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY
Fat Man's Misery is a tight squeeze, but fun for the adventurous!
Jun 1, 2017 near Brownsv…, KY
Scenic overlook of the Green River.
Oct 13, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY
Looking back from Historic Entrance
Apr 3, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY

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