Mammoth Cave National Park

Suggestions? Local tips? Tell us!

Difficulty
Easy Difficult
Distance
mi
 - 
mi
Rating
Distance
mi
 - 
mi
Difficulty
Easy Difficult
Rating

Weather Averages


High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w/
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D

71 mi 114 km of trail 5 Featured Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 16 Trails Intermediate Trails 14 Trails Hard Trails 2 Trails

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.

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

Gems in Mammoth Cave National Park - 3

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Gems

Featured Hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park - 5

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Hikes

Trails in Mammoth Cave National Park - 27

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Trails

Brownsville, KY
1.1 mi 1.8 km Brownsville, KY
Bad / Closed
Update
Trail is closed for construction as of 9/25/17. I do not know when it'll open back up.
22 days ago
Brownsville, KY
1.4 mi 2.3 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
0.6 mi 1.0 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
8.4 mi 13.5 km
#4 Sal Hollow Trail
Brownsville, KY
8.4 mi 13.5 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
1.0 mi 1.6 km
#5 Cedar Sink Trail
Brownsville, KY
1.0 mi 1.6 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
8.8 mi 14.2 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
1.0 mi 1.7 km
#7 Sinkhole Trail
Brownsville, KY
1.0 mi 1.7 km Brownsville, KY
Bad / Closed
Update
Trail is closed for construction as of 9/25/17. I do not know when it'll open back up.
22 days ago
Brownsville, KY
0.5 mi 0.8 km Brownsville, KY
Bad / Closed
Update
Trail is closed for construction as of 9/25/17. I do not know when it'll open back up.
22 days ago
2.8 mi 4.6 km
#9 Mill Branch Trail
Brownsville, KY
2.8 mi 4.6 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
2.5 mi 4.1 km
#10 South Loop
Brownsville, KY
2.5 mi 4.1 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
5.7 mi 9.1 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
4.9 mi 8.0 km Brownsville, KY
All Clear
Update
Some Mud: Tell the Ranger at the visitor center you did this trail you get a free patch!
21 days ago
2.4 mi 3.9 km
#13 White Oak Trail
Munfordville, KY
2.4 mi 3.9 km Munfordville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
4.4 mi 7.1 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
2.0 mi 3.2 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
0.6 mi 1.0 km
#16 Whites Cave Trail
Brownsville, KY
0.6 mi 1.0 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
1.2 mi 1.9 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
3.9 mi 6.3 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
1.6 mi 2.6 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
0.9 mi 1.4 km
#20 Connector Trail
Brownsville, KY
0.9 mi 1.4 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
4.5 mi 7.2 km
#21 Wet Prong Trail
Brownsville, KY
4.5 mi 7.2 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
2.3 mi 3.7 km
#22 Dry Prong Trail
Brownsville, KY
2.3 mi 3.7 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
6.4 mi 10.3 km
#23 McCoy Hollow Trail
Brownsville, KY
6.4 mi 10.3 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
Brownsville, KY
0.3 mi 0.5 km Brownsville, KY
Bad / Closed
Update
Trail is closed for construction as of 9/25/17. I do not know when it'll open back up.
22 days ago
0.4 mi 0.7 km
#25 Dixon Cave Trail
Brownsville, KY
0.4 mi 0.7 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update
0.5 mi 0.9 km
#26 Heritage Trail
Brownsville, KY
0.5 mi 0.9 km Brownsville, KY
Bad / Closed
Update
Trail is closed for construction as of 9/25/17. I do not know when it'll open back up.
22 days ago
Brownsville, KY
0.3 mi 0.5 km Brownsville, KY
Unknown
Update

Photos of Mammoth Cave National Park - 108

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Photos

Classes & Events Near You

Find More Classes and Events

Shop REI Adventures

Find More REI Adventures


Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking