Mammoth Cave National Park

KY

Where is it at?

Mammoth Cave National Park


KY
42259

270 758-2180

Where are we going today?

We know that if you're at the longest known cave system in the entire world it must be...mammoth! Yep! The Mammoth Caves National Park is an amazing piece of nature in Kentucky, with Mammoth Caves certainly the highlight for a family day out here. 

Did you know that in 1841 the then cave owner thought that the cave air might cure his patients who were suffering from tuberculosis? He brought 16 of them into the caves in winter, and gave them stone and wood huts. It didn't end well! But these are some of the very cool stories that you can hear as part of the cave tours, which are offered by season. 

Winter and summer bring different tour options. Some of the amazing tours include the Frozen Niagara Tour which is perfect for little kids and the elderly members of the family who can't walk long distances. 

Want to experience some history as part of your tour? Over 2 hours you can journey through the entrance that will bring you to "classic" Mammoth Caves landmarks which have actually been visited by military figures, celebrities, and writers from the 1800s and early 1900s. A great family experience! 

There are tours exploring the Gothic Avenue, and tours where kids can get up close with the dramatic series of pits and domes, as well as passageways you will find.

But of course, the Mammoth Caves National Park is more than just the amazing caves. 

There are 6 miles of trails for horseback riders, and you can even camp over night with them too! If hiking is more your thing, there are nearly 84 miles of trail out in the back country, and ranging in distance and difficulty you certainly will be able to find one that is perfect for you! 

The trails are even a chance for you to get your bikes out and make a full day of adventure!

Mammoth Caves National Park is an amazing part of Kentucky - and it certainly makes for a fun and nature filled family day out! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free entry to park. Tours from $7.

Children: Free entry to park. Tours from $5.

LAST UPDATED 2015

Need a little extra help?

There are activities for every level of ability! There is accessible camping, trails, dining and lodging. The cave, unfortunately, is no accessible.

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When can we go?

Visitor Center 8:30am - 430pm winter. 8am - 6pm Summer. Tour times vary

Winter is Nov to March. Open all year round.

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Any top tips?

There is a fun Trog Tour JUST for kids aged 8 - 12 where they can have a kids eye view! There is also a fun Introduction To Caving for kids over 10 which is always fun!

I’m Hungry!

Within the park there are a number of dining options, including a coffee shop in the Cave Hotel, and there are a number of places just outside the park

Healthy Eating

Why not pack a picnic lunch so you can be sure it's full of healthy goodies, and enjoy a family lunch out in nature!

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