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Winding through the ground for nearly 652 km (405 mi), the World Heritage Site Mammoth Cave 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 and other attractions to your Mammoth Cave National Park vacation plans.
Mammoth Cave reviews
My daughter, her husband and I took the Historic Tour. Kelli (I think that was her name) was the ranger who served as our tour guide, and she did an excellent job. My husband took the Wonderland...
My daughter, her husband and I took the Historic Tour. Kelli (I think that was her name) was the ranger who served as our tour guide, and she did an excellent job. My husband took the Wonderland... more »
I don't think you can go wrong choosing any of the tours. We did the historic tour, which is the most popular and segments overlap with several other tours (we never ran into any other tour group...
I don't think you can go wrong choosing any of the tours. We did the historic tour, which is the most popular and segments overlap with several other tours (we never ran into any other tour group... more »
Very interesting ! Our guide was very knowledgeable. Happy we went on a tour (we did the Gothic Ave tour). Lots of history.
Very interesting ! Our guide was very knowledgeable. Happy we went on a tour (we did the Gothic Ave tour). Lots of history. more »
I had not been in many years. The visitor center is much nicer now. We booked the Extended Historic Tour. The tickets are easily bought online. We gathered at a nearby shelter where our guide told us a bit about the tour and what it would entail. We then walked to the cave entrance. Inside is quite an amazing experience. With the Extended tour, you get to see remnants of the huts where TB patients were kept in attempt to treat their disease. Our tour guide was fabulous in telling us about the cave an its history. The tour is a little over two miles and two hours. There are quite a few steps/stairs. However, there are several breaks (with benches for sitting) where the tour guide talks about the cave. There are other tours available to match your level of fitness and what you might to see there. Highly recommended.
Tour was nice. Well organized, but the caves didn't have a lot of natural formations. One part of our tour did, but the rest was a long walk through the cave. We took the Grand Avenue tour, very challenging for my wife and I (fairly decent shape for approaching 60). If you are here you kinda have to check out mammoth caves, but we enjoyed some one of the local privately owned caves much more. Crystal Onyx Caves where amazing. See my review on Google.
This was a great National Park. Quite large, but the sites are spacious and somewhat private. There are no amenities, such as water or electricity, so generators might be nice. We did well with just boondocks g and a pumpkin at the end. Very nice bathrooms everywhere. The small camp store is well stocked with basics and there was a laundry and post office. We took two tours, one we bussed to, and one was a walk to the original entrance and inside. Both were ranger led and our rangers were excellent and very well informed. So worthwhile. A great visitors center with gifts galore and it is here where you arrange your tours. Great experience.
One of my favorite national parks to visit! We did the historic tour that was 2 hours long with two small children under 8. This tour was rated as a moderate hike but they were able to do it! There are more ideal hikes for smaller children but my youngest child of 5 was able to do this one. Make sure to visit this park in the fall when all the leaves are changing colors. It is a beautiful park!
This is a very very beautiful, calm, family friendly park. We took the Mammoth Cave tour and it was a fabulous experience! Make sure you check ahead about times and you may want to book ahead. The tour guides (they refer to themselves as rangers, but they are definitely not full force Park rangers.. more like Yogi Bear rangers) are very knowledgeable and give useful information throughout the tour. Unfortunately there were some rowdy small children on our tour, so that impeded the enjoyment a bit unfortunately... so be mindful of the crowd you are taking the tour with. There are all kinds of Hands-On experiences to enjoy while waiting for tours to start.. as well as overpriced gift shops. Food concessions, hiking trails, picnic areas,.. just about everything you can think of is here. There are even cabin rentals, a hotel and a post office! Be mindful that the visitor center closes fairly early evening and they also close their restrooms. I would definitely plan to spend a few days but also a day trip is worth it if you are in the area. We do not have an rv, but I can say that there were dumb spots and ample parking spaces.
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