Mammoth Cave National Park Trails

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Mammoth Cave National Park— Maple Springs Campground :: Mammoth Cave, KY

Although this campground is considered primitive, the camping pads are paved, back-in, and have a 50-foot accommodation pad and apron. In every other way, however, this is a primitive campground. It is really set up for campers who enjoy riding horse

Mammoth Cave National Park— Mammoth Cave Campground :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This is one of the best primitive campgrounds I have ever visited. Many of the services offered at a full-facility campground are here—you just may need to walk a little to get to them. The shower house is nearby; other listed services, while in the

Mammoth Cave National Park— Backcountry Campground :: Mammoth Cave, KY

A free backcountry use permit is required for all camping at backcountry campsites and along the river floodplain. Go in person to the backcountry permit office, located in the visitor center ticket sales area, to obtain your permit and a free trail

Road Biking in Mammoth Cave National Park :: Cave City, KY

The roads of Mammoth Cave offer some fine opportunities for exploring, whether by mountain bike or road bike. Luckily, the park visitor center is located in the heart of the park and makes for an ideal jumping off point road bike excursions. Recent

Trail Biking in Mammoth Cave National Park :: Cave City, KY

Trail Biking Pedaling opportunities have improved at the national park over the last few years. Expect them to get better. At one time, the Headquarters Bicycle Trail was the single venue for pedalers. Then Sal Hollow Trail was opened to mountain bik

Mammoth Cave National Park— Houchin Ferry Campground :: Mammoth Cave, KY

While I was researching this book, Houchin Ferry Campground was temporarily closed. However, I had visited this campground on an earlier trip and enjoyed it. It is located along the Green River and part of Mammoth Cave National Park. This is an o

Campground Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This short path leaves near campsite 107, which is in the 92–111 loop of the campground. Take the path downhill over one bridge; where one trail continues ahead toward the park amphitheater, turn left onto an old roadbed. The Campground Trail hea

Wild Cave Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This is the most challenging cave tour open to the public. Do not attempt this tour unless you are physically fit and mentally ready to be underground for nearly an entire day, climbing, crawling on your belly over mud and dirt, and squeezing into ti

Violet City Lantern Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This is a favorite tour. It combines cave history, from early visitors to early tourists and guides, with traveling by the light of a handheld lantern just like the tours of old. At first it travels through the most historically toured section of Mam

Trog Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This tour is for kids only, ages 8 through 12; no adults are allowed. It can be described as an introduction to caving tour for kids. Emphasis is on safe caving and working together. The group is small, twelve members, and has two guides, which perso

Frozen Niagara Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This is an introductory tour designed for older or younger visitors and those who have difficulty walking, as well as those who want a short overview of the cave or aren’t sure they like caves enough to commit to an extended tour. It’s offered year-r

Star Chamber Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This evening Mammoth Cave journey follows one of the earliest tour routes. You can retrace footsteps of those who toured America’s second oldest attraction over the past two centuries. Tour takers ages 6 and up leave the visitor center and walk to th

Snowball Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This tour covers roughly the first half of the Grand Avenue Tour. It is about half as long and has half the mileage. Furthermore, the Snowball Tour is an out-and-back proposition—you will be covering the same ground twice. However, there is plenty to

Mammoth Passage Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This guided tour incorporates the Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour and adds some elements of the Historic Tour, giving you a good overview of Mammoth Cave’s human and natural history. A guide really helps in dispensing the important facts and answering qu

Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This tour is offered during summer to handle the crowds who want a quick overview of the cave without committing a lot of time. This tour is not available by reservation. On weekends the tour is unguided, but rangers are stationed at strategic and in

Introduction to Caving Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This is the second most challenging tour at Mammoth Cave. It is designed for those who want to go beyond the maintained cave trails available and get down and dirty, crawling, climbing, scrambling. Those with the moxie to take this tour will literall

Historic Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

One of Mammoth’s better guided tours, this is a good tour to take if you only have time for one. It offers many cave highlights and travels through passages large and small, giving tourists a good taste of the overall Mammoth experience. Part of the

Sinkhole Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Sinkhole Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 525 feet. The Old Guides

Heritage Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Heritage Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 731 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 268 feet. The Old Gui

Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 749 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total ele

Sand Cave Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Sand Cave Trail is a hiking trail in Barren County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 888 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 57 feet. The trail end

Green River Bluffs Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Green River Bluffs Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 463 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 98 feet.

Whites Cave Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Whites Cave Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 722 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 192 feet.

River Styx Spring Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

River Styx Spring Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 460 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 206 feet. Th

River Valley Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

River Valley Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 465 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 147 feet.

Echo River Spring Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Echo River Spring Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 444 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 274 feet. Near

Campground Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Campground Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 737 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 89 feet. Near the t

Dixon Cave Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Dixon Cave Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 653 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 114 feet. The trail

Sal Hollow Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Sal Hollow Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 786 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,177 feet. Near th

Buffalo Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Buffalo Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 778 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 249

Cedar Sink Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Cedar Sink Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 593 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 447 feet.

Good Spring West Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Good Spring West Trail is a hiking trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 744 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 598 feet. The

Turnhole Bend Trail :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Turnhole Bend Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is within Mammoth Cave National Park. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 683 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain

Grand Avenue Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This is easily the longest of Mammoth Cave’s standard tours; only the strenuous Wild Cave Tour is longer in both distance and time. At 4 miles, the Grand Avenue Tour could be classified as an underground hike. Additionally, you have the option of enj

New Entrance Tour :: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

This tour starts in one entrance and comes out another, eliminating the need to backtrack. A 4-mile bus ride leads to the New Entrance, which was widened and enhanced with stairs in 1921 to allow people to enter more easily. Cave explorers get an imm

Nolin River: Star Mills to Houchins Ferry on Green River :: White Mills, KY

The Nolin River winds out of the hilly farm country of Hardin County and flows south along the Grayson–Hart County line to empty into Nolin River Lake. Below the Nolin Dam in Edmonson County, the Nolin continues south to its confluence with the Green

Nolin Lake State Park Campground :: Mammoth Cave, KY

This campground has about anything you could want. I found it to be a peaceful place. This lake holds large populations of bass, walleye, catfish, and crappie and is considered to be a good fishing destination. Its location, just north of Mammoth Cav

Mammoth Cave Big Hollow Loop Trails :: Bowling Green, KY

These loop trails offer quiet contemplative walking in a less visited area of Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave, the most extensive cave system in the world, has more than 365 miles of known underground passageways and possibly hundreds more t

Houchins Ferry Campground :: Brownsville, KY

Houchins Ferry is the ideal base camp for above-and below-ground attractions at Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave National Park contains the most extensive known cave system on earth. It has to be seen to be comprehended. There are above-g

Houchins Ferry Campground :: Cave City, KY

Houchins Ferry Campground is the only campground at Mammoth Cave National Park open year-round. It’s located away from the bulk of the park’s action, and is thus less visited and less used. A ferry operates adjacent to the campground, which is stretc

Barren River Lake State Resort Park Campground :: Lucas, KY

This campground is what I call a classic state park facility, and I mean that in a good way. The roads are paved, and the park is clean and offers beautiful views of the countryside. Walking trails lead out of the camping area, and there are plenty o

Dog Creek Campground :: Mammoth Cave, KY

Most of this campground’s campsites are located along the shoreline, allowing easy access to the lake and beaches. In fact, the entire campground has easy access to the lake shoreline, making this a great location for boaters. The lake view is excell

Wet Prong - McCoy Hollow Connector Trail :: Cave City, KY

This is the shortest backcountry trail in the park. It serves to connect the Wet Prong of Buffalo Loop Trail and the McCoy Hollow Trail. The trail itself is in fair to good condition and sees moderate to heavy traffic. The path leaves the Wet Prong