Mammoth Cave National Park

Most national parks that you may have visited have likely been those that encourage exploration only above ground. Mammoth Cave National Park however is a little different.

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Just as Much to Discover Below Ground as There is Above

The land sits atop the largest cave system in the world. 405 miles of caves have been discovered with likely much more yet to be found. Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941 and the draw to this 52,830-acre park brings in over 500,000 curious and excited visitors each year. The cave tours are by far the biggest draw to this amazing park.

Frozen Niagara Tour

Cave tours are not always suitable for small children. They can be easily hurt if they run from parents and the natural curiosity of kids tends to get them into trouble when viewing ancient areas. There is also concerns with taking small children on long hikes as they get tired easily. Frozen Niagara Tour however in Mammoth Cave National Park is perfect for all families and people of all ages. The tour takes visitors on a short bus ride to the entrance of the tour. The duration of the tour is approximately 1.25 hours and there are relatively few stairs to climb. Cost is $13 for adults and $9 for children under 16.

Domes and Dripstones Tour

If you are in the market for a tour with a little more meat to it, the Domes and Dripstones Tour may be just what you are looking for. The tour can take up to 114 people through two hours of moderate hiking through the caves exploring the domes and pits of Mammoth Cave. The tour consists of 500 stairs so if you have any issues with climbing stairs you may want to avoid this particular tour. The price for the tour is a bargain at $15 for adults and $10 for children because it also includes the entire Frozen Niagara Tour as well.

Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour

The largest tour takes around two hours to complete and encompasses a maximum of ½ mile without any stairs. Accessibility is easy and suited for all types of people. The tour includes a look at geological formations within the caves making it a huge draw to visitors. The capacity of each tour is only 14 people, so if you are prone to asking questions it gives you a better chance at being able to talk to the ranger directly. The cost for this tour is $20 for adults and $14 for children.

Fishing

Once you have toured the caverns beneath Mammoth Cave National Park, you may feel a bit hungry and if the snacks you packed are just not satisfying enough you can fish for your food. Fishing is a time-honored tradition in Kentucky and the rivers running through Mammoth Cave National Park are teeming with fish of all types. Some of the most notable fish include catfish, bluegill, bass, and crappie. There is no need for a fishing license when you fish within the Mammoth Cave National Park, but you do need to understand the state limits in the sizes of fish that can be caught. The fish in this area are among the highest quality and therefore you can rest assured that your fish dinner will be top notch.

Things to Know

Entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park is free to anyone wishing to enjoy just the surface activities. The park maintains operations through the tour fees that it takes in. The tours listed are just a taste of the cave tours that are available so be sure to stop by the visitor’s center for a list of all the cave tours available so you get the most out of your trip.

Camping in Mammoth Cave National Park is highly recommended for the chance to see wildlife such as deer and even wild turkey in their natural setting. The only campground within the park offers 105 campsites to choose from and costs $17 per night per campsite. The amenities include showers, picnic tables, and fire rings, so you can be assured to stay warm and clean throughout your stay. Backcountry camping is available as well throughout the park and is free, but does require a permit before venturing off into the Mammoth Cave National Park. Exercise caution when camping in flood zones as water levels can rise quickly and reservations are recommended for all campsites during the summer months.

A word of caution if you intend on bringing in firewood to Mammoth Cave National Park. Outside firewood is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of foreign bugs that could threaten the park. Visitors are however free to pick up any fallen wood or purchase wood from the visitor’s center for their fires. Respect the park for all that it is and maintain a clean campsite throughout your stay and especially upon departure.