Mammoth Caves National Park! A Place You’ll Love!
Taking a journey to one of America’s oldest tourist attractions is an adventure everyone should want to take. Mammoth Cave has been giving tours since 1816. It has marveled and stunned millions throughout the years. Over the next several minutes I’ll explain why Mammoth Caves National Park is definitely worth visiting.
The park offers 19 different cave tours, over 80 miles of hiking trails, 60 miles of which are available for horseback riding, 25 miles of the Green River and 6 miles of the Nolin River that can be kayaked or canoed. Yeah, that’s a lot of stuff to do. I haven’t mentioned the fishing, the bike riding, the wildlife watching, or scenic views above ground. Mammoth Cave has something to offer everyone whether you like caves or not.
First, Let’s go to the visitor center. Inside you can get your cave tour tickets and the free backcountry permit if you are camping out. Inside the visitor center, there is a souvenir shop where you can buy cave memorabilia and other things. The best thing about the visitor center is the museum. It’s free to enter. Just walk on in. The museum at the visitor is well done and you’ll learn everything you need to know about the park after you go through the museum. Check out the quick video below of the museum.
You can go to the museum while you wait for your cave tour to begin. Most of the cave tour begins around the visitor center area anyways. You will either go to the historical entrance, which is just a walk down the hill behind the Mammoth Cave Hotel or you’ll take a quick bus ride.
You have a whole range of different tours you can take. It is really a matter of what you are trying to do. That is one of the great things about Mammoth Cave. You have so many different types of tours to choose from. If you are a hardcore caver then there is a tour for you called the Wild Cave Tour, if you are looking for a family-friendly tour then the Domes and Dripstones Tour, Historic Tour, Frozen Niagara Tour might be options for you. The only tour at Mammoth Cave that requires you wear boots and is difficult to do is the Wild Cave Tour. It is 6 hours long. You’ll go through 5 miles of the cave and see things unimaginable. Mammoth Cave does wonderful tours for everyone can do. They even have an Accessible Tour for visitors with special needs. Everybody can see amazing cave formations!
Cave tour reservations are not required although they are highly recommended. Mammoth Cave gets over 500,000 visitors every year so the cave tours do sell out quickly. You can book your cave tour reservations at recreation.gov.
The Most Beautiful sight at Mammoth Cave!
There are hundreds of amazing cave formations at Mammoth Cave but one that stands out among the rest is Frozen Niagara. It will be the most amazing cave formation you’ll ever see. You can take the Frozen Niagara, the Domes and Dripstones Tour, the Grand Avenue Tour, and the Wild Cave Tour to see Frozen Niagara. In my opinion, there isn’t anything better at Mammoth Cave than Frozen Niagara.
As for cave tours, I think the Domes and Dripstones tour offers the better value. You’ll get to see amazing domes and awesome dripstones and at the end of the tour, you get to see Frozen Niagara. It is a bonus. In comparison during the Historic Tour, you won’t see stalagmites and stalactites. You get to see the 105-foot bottomless pit and Fat Man’s Misery, but you don’t get to see incredible cave formations.
Above ground trails at Mammoth Cave
The trails at Mammoth Cave are perfect for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. There are three sections of the park. The visitor center area, the north side, and the south side. You’ll find the majority of the trails on the north side. On the north side of the park, there are 60 miles of horseback riding trails. Horseback riding at Mammoth Cave is one of the top activities to do at the park. If you are interested in horseback riding at Mammoth Cave check out the google search for all the horseback riding companies in the area.
The visitor center side trails at Mammoth Cave are easy to do and have some of the best sights above ground at the park. You can walk less than a half mile to Sunset Point. It is a beautiful view overlooking a valley. You can watch the sun go down over the hillside.
The south side of the park has some notable trails such as Sloan’s Crossing Pond Walk, and Mammoth Cave’s longest trail the Mammoth Cave Railroad Hike and Bike Trail. It is 8.6 miles and begins at the visitor center area. You can’t miss it. Look for the railroad train car. That is the Railroad Hike and Bike Trail.
Kayaking and Canoeing the Green River
One of the funniest things to do at the park is to kayak or canoe the Green River. There are 25 miles of the Green River and 6 of the Nolin River you can kayak or canoe. There are several places where you can rent a kayak or canoe if you don’t have one. There are also overnight kayaking tours you can take. It’s awesome! You can kayak and camp out on the river banks. If you want to learn more about Kayaking and canoeing at Mammoth Cave Check out the blog Mammoth Cave Activities.
The best way to experience anything is to just do it. Going to Mammoth Cave can be really cheap. If you decide to camp backcountry it will cost you nothing. The hotels and motels in the area are cheap too. Nothing is over $100 bucks a night. Check out the Mammoth Cave Park page on site for additional information.
Well, I hope this blog gave you an idea of what Mammoth Cave is all about. If you have any questions about the park let me know. I have been there several times myself and plan on going back this summer.
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