Mammoth Cave National Park

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71 mi 114 km of trail 5 Featured Hikes

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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.

Local Info

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 & 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.

Food & 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.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Porky Pig Diner Best Fried Chicken I've put in my mouth
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet Really the best Chinese buffet in BG.
Cambridge Market & Cafe meatloaf is always good,if ya want a good sandwich try the deli club,but all of the food is good ya can't go wrong here.
Thai Thai The kid's bop takes the food to the next level.
A Taste of Europe One of the best places to eat in town hands down
Great American Donut Shop The honeywheat donuts are amazing.
Mellow Mushroom The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Draft is fabulous! Try it, high gravity and delicious!
The Bistro The food was delicious!
Judy's Castle Always a great meal and great people!
Ichiban Japanese Restaurant Order the chicken bowl off the kids menu!
Griffs Deli try the deli club sandwich or the chicken club wrap, both are delish!!
Thai Express Try the chicken curry fried rice!
Montana Grille Very friendly and inviting restaurant. I ordered the prime rib with mashed potatoes. It was cooked perfectly! The cornbread they give you in the skillet before your entree is tasty! GO!
Geno's Deli Best sandwiches in bgky
Zaxby's Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings Great place to go, close to campus.
Chick-fil-A The Spicy Chicken is AWESOME!!!
SONIC Drive In Cherry Limeade! OMG, Batman.
Wild Eggs Nashville waffle really good, hell spicy...
Shogun Bistro My favorite sushi place! Love the hibachi show!

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

While the mysterious caves of Mammoth are the main attraction of the park, there are many opportunities to learn about both the natural and human history of the area. Check the events page for a current schedule of special events or the cave tours page for more information about ways to explore the caves though a variety of ranger-led programs.

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.

Maps & Guidebooks

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

Areas Within Mammoth Cave National Park

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