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Mammoth Cave National Park Travel Guide: 109 reviews and 263 photos

As of now, 367 miles of mapped Cave!

At Mammoth Cave National Park you can see the power of nature, with all 53,000 surface acres and underlaying cave ecosystem there is something to amaze you! At this time, October 2007, there are 367 miles of mapped and surveyed caves. A volunteer Cave research group studies the caves all through out the year, they estimate that the 5th layer of the Mammoth Cave system, where the river is located, is still growing about 5-6 miles a year! Absolutely Incredible! In 1941, Mammoth Cave became a National Park. Historically the families that owned the land had been showing the caves for profits since the 1800's. But the National Park status allowed for the caves to become researched and proper preservation to be taken to protect these caves for all to enjoy. Then later in 1981 the park became a World Heritage site and in 1990 the park also became an International Biosphere Reserve, which means Mammoth Cave National Park is recognized as an international treasure, as it should be!

Park history

Besides the beautiful nature of the park, the park is quite famous for its long history. About 4,000 years ago the cave began being explored by Woodland indians, scientists have found evidence that these people were collecting crystals and salts. In 1798, the cave was rediscovered by a man that was hunting around the area. Supposedly, he shot a bear and he followed the bear into the cave, which is today call the historic enterance. Since this time, people that lived on the land where the park now stands used these caves to give tours. To much of my surprise, these families were quite entrepenuers. In my tips, I'll put a few stories about the families and the "cave wars". These people were on the look out for the caves and several of the enterances of the caves were actually blasted out by them. Some of the families did a good job of preserving their caves and others allowed some damage for profit! By 1960, the park was finally as is today, the last family sold the land for the national park. They say that the people of Kentucky sold their land as a gift to the people of the nation, by creating Mammoth Cave National Park. Make sure to check the tips to find out about Miss Lucy & Mr. Lee, a very famous court case, and Mr. Morrison!

A great trip without too much dough!

I don't know about the rest of you, but often for the love of travel I need to travel smart because of my lack of money! I asked a lot of questions and explored many options to give you the best tips for an awesome vacation with out spending very much money. 3 days of fun for $100 per person!!

3 cave tours + 3hr. canoeing + 1hr. horse back ridding + 2 days camping = $100 (bonus, bring a friend)

*And if you have children or physical aliments, I got you covered too!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:There is so much to do and see!
  • Cons:Finding the best time of the year to do it!
  • In a nutshell:54 degrees of fun!
  • Last visit to Mammoth Cave National Park: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    i just love caves!! we have some abut 3 hours from home here. you have taken some good shots considering how tricky it is to take shots down there!

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    Jul 9, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    I was born in Kentucky and visited here as a small child. Can't remember any of it! Thanks for the pics and stories!

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    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    I don't want to DIE!! So I will remember not to hide in this cave if we are under nuclear attack

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    xclent tips and xclent pics given the limitations. seems like there is lot of fun inside and outside of caves. i liked ur history lessons also :-)

  • Oct 9, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    AWESOME!! I'll come back when I have more time to look at your pages!!

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