Mammoth Cave Big Hollow Loop Trails

Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103

Mammoth Cave Big Hollow Loop Trails

Mammoth Cave Big Hollow Loop Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 that are not yet discovered. Mammoth Cave National Park wasn’t fully established until 1941, but is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the United States.

The park’s 53,000 aboveground acres—37 square miles—are a lesser-known attraction but cover scores of wooded hollows and ridges above the Green River. The river itself is a popular destination for paddlers and anglers. The park contains 66 miles of trails, many of them open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. In the spring the wooded hillsides are painted with a variety of colorful wildfl owers, and small creeks with numerous waterfalls are active."

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8/31/2008
Mammoth Cave has some potential for nice trails, but need to control the horse waste and erosion caused on the trails by heavy equestrian use. Horse droppings were EVERYWHERE. Avoid Collie Ridge Trail as it is basically road walking...all gravel, like a driveway.
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7/15/2006
For this part of the state, it was a pretty good trail. It provided enough distance, scenery, and varied terrain to for an experienced hiker to not be bored. We made a day trip out of it. We had to take a ferry across a short creek. If you have to take ther ferry, make sure you are back before it stops running for the day or you will add quite a bit to your drive taking the other way. We only saw two other people the whole time we were there. Ticks weren't so bad, even for the summer. The paths were a bit torn up but managable as long as you have good hiking boots.
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Trail Information

Bowling Green
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Mammoth Cave National Park, (270) 758-2180, www.nps.gov/maca
Local Contacts
USGS Rhoda
Local Maps

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