Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave National Park

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Winding through the ground for nearly 652 km (405 mi), the World Heritage Site Mammoth Cave National Park claims the title, by a significant margin, of longest cave system on the planet. You won’t be the only one surveying the cave. Exploration continues constantly, so the official length of the system continues to grow with the discovery of new passageways, tunnels, and caverns. In addition to thousands of bats, the subterranean labyrinth possesses a nearly 6,000-year history of humans, beginning with pre-Columbian natives of the region. The National Park Service runs multiple versions of its cave tours of varying length, which can take you on popular paths or on more adventurous routes that require some tight squeezes and nimbleness. Watch for geological mineral and rock formations scattered throughout the cave. Use our Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary builder to add Mammoth Cave National Park and other attractions to your Mammoth Cave National Park vacation plans.
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  • Booked two big tours for a day in JAN to see as much as possible in one day. Sadly, snowstorm closed the park the day before we arrived, and forced a delayed opening on our day. Both tours cancelled, ...  more »
  • We did the Mammoth Passage tour on a freezing day in February. Despite only being in the cave for an hour, we were chilled to the bone, and would not have enjoyed a longer tour. That being said, it wa...  more »
  • Have been yo the cave several times and it is definitely worth the detour off 65.My only suggestions are gir smaller groups for the main tour. If this is your first time..take it..but the smaller kess...  more »
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  • Fantastic family place. Greatest cave tours I've ever been on. The cave is enormous. There are so many different places in the cave to visit that you can come back over and over. I recommend the lantern tour. Long but not to strenuous until the very end. Seeing the cave by lantern lite is a wondrous opportunity that I will always remember.
  • I would highly recommend going here! We had an excellent experience and made memories that will last a lifetime! I can't think of one bad thing about our time there!!! If you go stay in one of the cabins, they're really nice and affordable. Clean rooms with hot showers that have great water pressure.
  • I feel like everyone should visit. A very affordable adventure that can be geared to suit any age or endurance level. So educational. Nothing short of amazing.
  • I would like to start off by saying that this place is totally worth the go!!! It is a fairly close drive from Austin. I went with my husband on a Monday so there wasn't a lot of people (which is what we wanted). We went in and found a small gift shop. A friendly worker asked us if we needed help and re directed us to the ticket booth. They had 3 choices for the cave tours. The most expensive one was $100 and a few hours long. That was the hardcore one where you have to squeeze through very tight spaces. That was a no go for first timers. Then they had a middle difficulty level one. However we ended up going for the least difficulty as it was our first time. The tour guide was funny and very informative. He took his time leading us through the cave and giving us time to look around and take pictures. It is an active cave so beware of the humidity. I live in Houston so I was not shook. The cavern is beautifully lit. Watch out for low points in the cavern. The whole thing took a bit over an hour. We got our picture taken and exited the cave. I would totally go back!!!
  • We were able to go on the historic tour which was the first tour at Mammoth Cave. The cave was awesome and the sights were gorgeous. My only complaints were our tour guide was hard to hear because our group was so large and he had a rather soft voice. I really wish the groups were made smaller for a more intimate experience.
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