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Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum Horse Cave

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Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum
119 East Main Street
Horse Cave
KY
42749
Tel: 270 786-1466

Where are we going today?

There are so many amazing places to visit on this planet ABOVE ground, but did you know that there are just as many fun adventures to be had BELOW ground?

If you visit Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, you not only get to explore two floors of exhibits all about the history and geology of the caves, but then you get to descend 150ft underground and explore one of the largest and most scenic historic caves in the entire state of Kentucky!

Your first stop will be the American Cave Museum, where you can enjoy a self-guided tour through the exhibits. It's the feel of the Smithsonian in the heart of rural Kentucky! Here, kids can get an in-depth look at the amazing world of caves. The exhibits cover a range of topics, from the history of caving, and how archaeology is used to find out about the vast human history that has been associated with the caves.

Kids can learn about the variety of wildlife that can be found inside the caves, and learn about the unique issues and formations that show important links to the past! Amazing!

Then comes the next exciting part of your journey - the Hidden River Caves themselves! The public guided tours can show you wildlife, historic equipment, and all those amazing natural features that have formed within the caves. 

These historic tours last around 45 - 60 minutes, and give you a great introduction to the wonderful world of the underground!

For the more adventurous families, you can try out the Cave Adventure Tours - either 3 ot 5 hours. Here you get a great insight into wild caving, so prepared to get a little buddy!

Adventure hats at the ready? Then it's time to explore!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsGuided Tour $15
  • ChildrenGuided Tour $10 (Ages 6 - 14)
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9:30am - 6pm Memorial Day to Labor Day. 4pm close rest of year.

All year round

Teachers corner

If you do want to take the students on an exciting day out, give them a call!.

Any Top Tips?

Check out the ziplining and rapelling too!.

Need a little extra help?

The tours aren't handicapped accessible as there are at least 230 steps in the public one, and you will need to crawl and climb on the Cave Adventures. .

Can I get one of those?

Bring that pocket money because there is a great gift shop where you can pick up fun items such as minerals, clothing and more!.

More information

Wild cave tours need to be booked at leave 48 hours in advance, and there is a minimum person number to be met. Take sturdy boots!.

What people are saying?

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    This was NOT a cheap ploy for money that seems to be all over the place in the area. This gave the family including two easily bored boys (10 and 12) a wonderful experience. Very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide gave all the time for questions on this reasonable priced hour or so tour that was a nice pace. I could tell on the kids faces that they will remember this for the rest of their lives. Look forward to making this a regular stop for years to come. Well done Hidden River Cave staff.

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    My family and I have been through most of the caves and caverns through Virginia, and now after a week of touring through eastern Kentucky and Tennessee we had the pleasure of visiting Hidden River Cave. What a great story. While there are a lack of formations, this is a trip well worth the time. The museum was a great learning experience and the tour guide was thorough and didn't rush us even though we were the last group of the day. I look forward to returning again and hopefully they will have expanded back into the larger domes.

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    There are very few formations in this cave, which is also pretty short. The tour is basically a bridge built over an underground, which at the end has a few cave formations. The museum, however, is awesome which makes the overall cave+museum experience worthwhile.

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    Horse Cave (Hidden river cave) was out of business for decades due to pollution and now they are trying to make a comeback. This was a very laid-back and informative tour, given by a man who is obviously trying to re-build this once famous cave, (the entire town was built and named for it). They have a ways to go, however, as they seem to be struggling for money, and certain parts of the museum need updating.

    The tour itself is about an hour long and actually only goes a couple of city blocks in length. There is a steep staircase leading into...Read More

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    This is a great place to start your exploration of the Kentucky Caves!

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by Kap Powell

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Horse Cave (Hidden river cave) was out of business for decades due to pollution and now they are trying to make a comeback. This was a very laid-back and informative tour, given by a man who is obviously trying to re-build this once famous cave, (the entire town was built and named for it). They have a ways to go, however, as they seem to be struggling for money, and certain parts of the museum need updating.

The tour itself is about an hour long and actually only goes a couple of city blocks in length. There is a steep staircase leading into the cave, but hey, it's a cave.

They are working on gaining permission to cross the railroad right-of-way (yes, they have underground rights of way). If and when they can do this, they will be able to open up the entire cave to visitors, which will more than triple the existing tour, and then I believe they will really have something special on their hands.

The history behind the cave, the roaring underground river and the 100 year old artifacts still inside the cave make it more than a worthwhile side trip while in cave country.

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