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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  • I read a bunch of reviews before going and decided on the grand avenue tour. It is the longest (4 miles/4 hours) and the most strenuous but after reading reviews it seemed like it wouldn't be too diff...  more »
  • I am nearly 70 years old and had quadruple bypass heart surgery six months ago. So I carefully reviewed in advance the physical requirements for the historic tour at Mammoth Cave, and fretted quite a ...  more »
  • One of the tours we took was The Historic. Amazing tour of the cave because of our awesome guide, Ethan. His knowledge and passion for the cave made the tour a memorable experience. Really fun tour.  more »
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  • All Tours were sold out. We went on Discovery Self Guided Tour. A short walk downhill from Visitor Center. You buy Tickets for $5 per person. Once at cave entrance Park Rangers will give a short talk then you descend 140 +/- steps down into cave (you have to ascend steps when you come out so take your time). On a hot day the cool cave air feels great. A light coat or sweater is recommended. Once in cave you walk back about 1/4 mile with placards about cave and history. Walking surface varies between rough but smooth dirt and paved. Lighted but be careful since floor surface varies. Quick, inexpensive way to get into Mammoth Cave. Overall Tour takes about an hour. Visitor Center also has a very informative multi-room, informative and historical venue at no cost. Have fun!!
  • I'm pretty sure we could have spent a whole week! We choose the historical tour. We took our 4 and 6 year old daughters and they loved it! The new trails and hand rails made it very easy. The guide we had was amazing and knowledgeable. We will definitely go back!
  • This is about the geological cave tour only. The rangers certainly understand the wide range of experience, interest, ages, physical abilities and the schedule requirements to get everyone through the cave. They do have time for detailed questions but managed to keep the group moving and not rush anyone. They helpfully explain why certain things are done so the caves aren't altered by so much human activity and future generations can have the same experiences.
  • In addition to cave tours, there are miles of above-ground hiking, easy to strenuous. I love the wildflowers, especially in spring. Buy WILDFLOWERS OF MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK by Randy Seymour in the gift shop before you hike.
  • There is a small cave and large one. Make sure you book the tickets for the large cave as soon as you get or online. There is a nice campsite a little further down the visitor's center. Well maintained and staff are friendly. Come prepared with camping equipment and food. You may not have telephone reception, but you get wifi in some spots. Enjoyable place with abundant nature around.

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Where to stay in Mammoth Cave National Park

You have a couple of options for spending the night in Mammoth Caves National Park. First, you may opt to camp at one of the three campgrounds or about a dozen backcountry sites. The campgrounds are developed, providing toilets, grills, and drinking water. The second option involves bedding down at one of the two motels by the cave's entrance. If you prefer to have restaurants and various services close by, choose one of the economy motels in the aptly named Cave City just east of the park.
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