Mammoth Cave National Park
There are caves all around the world, but none compare to Mammoth Cave! As the world’s longest-known cave system with over 400 known miles of passageways, this natural wonder and World Heritage Site should be on everyone’s list of must-have experiences. Mammoth Cave National Park is just 30 minutes from Bowling Green, Ky. and can easily be added to any Bowling Green or Kentucky vacation itinerary.
A variety of underground tours offer a glimpse at 350 million-year-old rocks and fascinating animals adapted to life in the dark. As the second-oldest tourist attraction in America, you will hear remarkable stories of human history including how African Americans played a vital role in developing both cave tours and the visitor experience. With tours designed for a mixed audience, you can take it easy or get down and dirty on a wild cave tour.
Of course, the surreal beauty continues above ground with an abundance of activities including nature walks, horseback riding, canoeing or kayaking down the Green River, and campfire programs. All tours begin and end at the new Visitor Center designed for gold-level certification as a sustainable, “green” building. Children under six are admitted free.
Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets through the reservation system at www.recreation.gov or by phone at 877-444-6777. In past years, morning tours did not sell out. Morning tours may be the best option for people who have not made advanced reservations. Call 270-758-2180 for up to the minute tour availability information.
*NOTE: February 24, 2014: White-nose syndrome has been found in tour routes of Mammoth Cave. Park staff discovered WNS in remote sections of Mammoth Cave last year, including colonial hibernacula.
Tours of Mammoth Cave will continue. It is important to remember the disease affects bats, not humans. Therefore, tours and research are continuing at Mammoth Cave National Park, accompanied by extensive education and outreach on WNS, and adherence to approved cleaning methods recommended by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Visitors must walk through bio-security mats as they exit cave tours.
To learn more about WNS and MCNP's response, visit http://www.nps.gov/maca/parkmgmt/planning.htm.
Mammoth Cave Campground, Maple Springs Group Campground, and the headquarters picnic area will open March 1, 2014. The campground and picnic area at Houchin Ferry will open March 14.
Hours: Open year-round except Christmas day.Address:
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259
p. 270-758-2180 (Information) or 877-444-6777 (Reservations)