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Short trail out to Old Guide's Cemetery where cave visitors, a guide, and slaves were buried.


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744' 227 m

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739' 225 m

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6' 2 m

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The nearest restrooms and services are at the visitor center. There are no services at the trail.

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The trail starts from the parking lot by the Sunset Terraces lodges in Mammoth Cave National Park.The trail leaves the end of the parking lot and follows a paved path out to the old cemetery. It can also be reached by hiking out the Heritage Trail to the junction with this trail. The trail is paved all the way out to the cemetery, so it is easy hiking. The trail is shaded by the surrounding forest.

The Old Guide's Cemetery is at the end of the trail and there is signage that tells the story of the cemetery and some of the families that served as cave tour guides for over 100 years. The cemetery is gated, so you can't enter the cemetery, but it serves as a nice history lesson about how ex-slaves were involved with the cave.

Stephen Bishop is the only known tour guide buried here, but other visitors and slaves are buried here as well. When you get done taking in the sites, you can retrace your steps to the Heritage Trail and explore more of the area, or go back to your car.

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David Hitchcock

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On the boardwalk through the trees.
May 26, 2016 near Brownsv…, KY
The trail ends at the Old Guide's Cemetery where you can learn more about how slaves and their descendants have been part of Mammoth Cave's visitor experience for years.
Nov 9, 2023 near Brownsv…, KY
Sunset Point overlook
Apr 3, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY
Old Guides Cemetery.
Mar 14, 2016 near Brownsv…, KY

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