Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky 42259

Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour

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"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 interesting locales. During summer weekdays this tour is guided. I recommend the guided tour over the unguided.

On guided tours the group assembles outside the visitor center and walks down to the Historic Entrance. After entering the cave, you’ll learn about how the Houchins Narrows was named, then reassemble in the Great Rotunda, site of the saltpeter-mining operation that helped the United States win the War of 1812."

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Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park (Falcon Guides)
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"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 questions. The tour will sate the curiosities of those who want a taste of Mammoth Cave yet will make most visitors want an additional tour to learn and see more. The Mammoth Passage Tour leaves the visitor center and descends to the Historic Entrance. All the while the guide verbally paints a picture of the cave and answers visitor questions." Read more

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Trail Information

Mammoth Cave National Park
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Mammoth Cave National Park
Local Contacts
Cave visitors old and new, Historic Entrance, Great Rotunda, saltpeter mining, Indian artifacts

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Dec 2018