Mammoth Cave was authorized as a national park in 1926 and fully established in 1941. With its 53,000 surface acres and 365+ miles of underlying cave ecosystem, Mammoth Cave National Park is an international treasure. The National Park has 3 campgrounds including Mammoth Cave Campground with 105 reservable sites. No park entrance fee is charged, but tour fees are charges for persons six years and older.
Located 1/4 mile from the park Visitor Center, Mammoth Cave campground includes 105 sites. Each site features a paved parking area, a picnic table, and a fire ring. The campground has restrooms, fresh water, a dump station, garbage dumpsters, and a recycling station. There are no hookups for electricity or water. Mammoth Cave Campground also offers 4 sites to accommodate groups, with limit of 16 campers per site. Each site has paved parking, picnic tables, and a fire ring.
There are 2 other campgrounds (Houchins Ferry which is first come first serve) and Maple Springs Group campground. All campgrounds have toilets, grills, tables and water, but no hook-ups. Reservations are recommended for Mammoth Cave Campground and are required for Maple Springs Group campground. Back county camping is allowed at 13 designated sites, on riverbanks, and on islands by permit only. There are 111 campsite photos of Mammoth Cave Campground are featured.
Mammoth Cave Hotel offers hotel rooms, a restaurant and gas station. Rustic cottages, a camp store, hot showers and a coin laundry are available spring to fall.
Public restrooms, showers and a coin laundry are located near the gas station, store and post office.
Mammoth Cave National Park
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
Traveling from south from Louisville, KY the most direct route is I-65 south to exit 53 at Cave City. Another 15 minutes takes you to the park visitor center.
Traveling north from Nashville TN, the most direct route is I-65 north to exit 48 at Park City, KY. Another 10 minutes of driving takes you to the park visitor center.
The main attraction lies beneath the sandstone and shale ridges of Mammoth Cave National Park – the most extensive cave system on Earth. After 4,000 years of intermittent exploration, the full extent of this water-formed labyrinth remains unknown. With over 365 miles of surveyed passageways, Mammoth Cave is over twice as long as any known cave. Tour fees are charged for persons 6 years and older. The vast cave system holds one of the world's most diverse cave eco-systems. About 130 forms of life can be found in Mammoth Cave.
Cave tours are given every day except Christmas, but tour schedules vary from seasons to season. Contact the park for cave tour descriptions, schedules and information on surface activities and special events. For more information on making advanced tour reservations, call 270 758-2180. You can make reservations in person at the park visitor center, but tours can and do sell out – especially during the summer, holidays and weekends.
Flint Ridge, Green River Ferry, Joppa Ridge, Hochins Ferry and Ugly Creek roads let you tour part of the park. The latter 2 roads are not passable by trailers or motor homes.
The park has three wheelchair accessible trails: Heritage and San Dave trails and Sloans Crossing Pond Walk. North of Green River lie 55 miles of trails. There are 23 miles south of the river.
A nine-mile gravel bike trail leads from Mammoth Cave Hotel to the park boundary near Park City, KY. Bicycles are prohibited around the visitor center and on hiking trails south of Green River. Mountain biking is allowed on some trails north of the Green River.
Nearly 30 miles of the Green and Nolin rivers offer canoeing and boating in the park past dramatic bluffs. You can rent canoes from commercial outfitters outside the park. Camp on islands or in the floodplain, or by the river at the Houchins Ferry Campground. Cross the Green River on two ferries – Green River Ferry and Houchins Ferry – two of the few operating rural ferries in the nation.
Muskie, bass, white perch and catfish await anglers in the Green and Nolin rivers.