Mammoth Cave National Park Travel Guide

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Mammoth Cave National Park Things to Do

  • Mammoth Cave Baptist Church

    When I was leaving the park I decided to take Flint Ridge Road instead of the main road leading to the cave. I did this because I wanted to see more of the park and to see the Mammoth Cave Baptist Church. The Mammoth Cave Baptist Church was established in 1827 and served the people who settled along Flint Ridge. Like its sister church along Joppa...

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  • Dixon Cave

    Dixon Cave is a hibernating area for the Indiana Bat which is on the Endangered Species List. Entrance is strictly prohibited.

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  • Dixon Cave Trail

    Near the entrance to Mammoth Cave is a trail that leads past Dixon Cave to the picnic area and back to the visitors center. The trail is short but unpaved with uncertain footing in places. There are also some steps along the trail.

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Mammoth Cave National Park Restaurants

  • Decent Food in Historic Hotel

    The only food service option inside the park is at the Mammoth Cave Hotel. There are also options in nearby towns.

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  • Breakfast Buffet

    This is a nice way to start a long day of cave touring! This buffet offers: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage patties, french toast, potatoes, biscuts & gravy, oatmeal, dry cereal, yogart, fresh fruit, & toast.You can also ask for their great Black Cherry Preserves.The buffet is $7.95 for Adults & $4.95 for KidsAnd the drink isn't included. Quick...

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  • A cheap Lunch

    There really isn't much to choose from, but of the 8 or so choices. The food is pretty good and each meal is $5 or less. They are open 10.30pm - 4pm. The only sort of negative thing I could say is that the waitresses are not very friendly, but the food is really really fast. So what else really matters?! The tuna on rye is quite good!

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Mammoth Cave National Park Nightlife

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    by staindesign Written Oct 8, 2007

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    Just a bit of info: Cave City, which is located in Barren County is a dry county. So there isn't any liquor stores and you can't buy alcohol in any grocery stores either. Also there isn't any Bars. But you can buy a drink in a restaurant. I was told that the locals have to drive to Bowling Green which is about 30mins away to go out to clubs or bars.

    *Don't forget to bring your alcohol from home when going camping.

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Mammoth Cave National Park Transportation

  • Lots of ways to get there.

    Two lane road or Interstate? The trip route service at the AAA Club web site would have us take an unknown two lane road from the West Kentucky Parkway to the Park and I guess that would be ok if time was not a factor. In farming country, it's too easy to get behind slow moving traffic on a two lane road. From our home in the western part of...

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  • The Green River Ferry

    The Green River Ferry runs over the river and leads to Maple Springs and the backcountry area of the park. The ferry trip is maybe a minute long and runs continuously during daylight hours unless its shut down by adverse weather conditions. Its not the most exciting thing in the world, but an interesting sight in a national park. And, the...

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Mammoth Cave National Park Shopping

  • The usual, please.

    There are two gift shops located at the hotel. One has your normal trinkets and do-dad's and the other is a little more expensive. There is also a nice book stand in the Visitor's Center. I like to collect penny's that have been run through those stamping machines. Not too far from the Visitor's Center is the Service Center (Camp Store) with gas,...

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  • "Crap Traps"

    Our favorite gift shop was Big Mike's, right on the main road heading towards the park. Marie calls these kind of stores "crap traps" because they sell everything and it's impossible to come out empty handed!!! This place was cool; we both ended up leaving with different types of pottery, shot glasses, dog tags, marbles, stones and rock carvings....

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Mammoth Cave National Park Local Customs

  • Black Cherry Preserves

    If you happen to eat at the Taverntine Restaurant at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, you will have the chance to try some Black cherry preserves. They told me it is a famous local preserve. It is amazing!!! This is a must with their homemade biscuts! I know it is crazy to put this as a tip, but once you try this jam you will know what I am saying! You can...

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  • A famous Court Case

    The great Onyx cave use to be owned by Ms. Lucy Cox. They say she was quite an entrepenuer, she began giving cave tours and made a lot of money! The good thing about Ms. Lucy was that she was smart enough to protect her cave, she never allowed anyone to damage the walls with graffiti or take any gypsum from the ceilings or walls. Her cave tour at...

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  • Take it easy.

    Let me be clear. I am not a a rabid tree hugger. I do, however, know that some things need to be protected from the masses if they are to survive. I also know that humans in a group can do a lot of damage to their surroundings and it takes a lot of money and manpower to repair that damage. Ever been on the grounds after the fair closes and the...

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Mammoth Cave National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning Signs

    Please obey all warning signs in the park. They are there for your safety and to protect the park's resources. Do not touch any of the formations in the cave and especially do not do like this lady did.

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  • Cave Restrictions

    The first thing we saw (after a school group which the ranger said was 'little kids' in 4th or 5th grade, but looked to Bob and me like the 7th graders that we used to teach) was a sign saying that you could take no packages of any sort into the cave. * No camera bags, * No fanny packs, * No diaper bags, * No purses, * No backpacks. When I asked...

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  • You can't take it with you!!

    The following items are not allowed to be taken along with you on the cave tours:1. Bags of any kind - camera bags, purses, diaper bags, luggage, backpacks or fanny packs, or child carriers.*Bags that contain special medicinal supplies are permitted (e.i. insultin), but must be approved at visitor center first.2. Strollers3. Walking canes or sticks...

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Mammoth Cave National Park Tourist Traps

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    by staindesign Written Oct 8, 2007

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    This isn't such a trap, but it might be. The whole trip from the highway to the park the road is lined with several junky side stores. Some are great, like there is a man that sells firewood for $3 a bundle or $6 for a wheel barrel full. But there are a few crappy ones, for example: there is a trailer home with shelves of rocks on the side of the road. The rocks aren't special in any way, just limestone!

    One place I want to mention: Big Mike's hosue of Rocks
    My cousins stopped here and this lady that runs the rock store really freaked them out. This lady went up to my cousin and asked him if he was in the military. He said yes, and then she told him that he is suppose to save the world because God told her to tell him!

    Unique Suggestions: If you do stop in this place, it is pretty crazy to see all of the stuff. In the one building they have just tons of stuff, suveniors row after row. Plus they have a bathroom after a long journey there. Just be careful and don't over pay.

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Mammoth Cave National Park What to Pack

  • "Pack light" really applies here.

    NO BAGS! OF ANY KIND! PERIOD! Simple. Also, no tools to take rock samples. (Yes, a woman did try that). This rule is for security and well as for common sense. It's a cave. There are tight places. If you want, you can buy or make a holder to carry a water bottle (clear plastic). Hang it from a belt / belt loop. Two bottles of water in your coat...

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  • Prepare for the Cave

    Sturdy shoes with flat soles and lots of tread. Some cave tours require specific footwear, so be sure to inquire before you go! Prepare for your tour! If you are going on a 6 hour tour, bring anything you may need. Purses, backpacks, and hip sacks are not allowed. Even with a flash, light dissipates in the cave and it is difficult to get a...

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Mammoth Cave National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Caver's cemetery

    Floyd Collins' final resting place is at the Baptist Church cemetery on the grounds of Mammoth Cave.In the 1920's Floyd Collins was known as the best cave explorer in the world. His family's Crystal Cave (which he discovered on January 18, 1917) was overshadowed by Mammoth Cave. He was part of the infamous Cave Wars between Mammoth and 17 other...

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  • The History left in the Park

    The area that is now the National park, has change significantly. After the gov't bought the land from the many families in the community that were living on the land which is the park now, they tore down everything; from houses, to schools, to stores. All that remains today are 74 cemetaries & 3 churches. After they tore down the abandoned houses...

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Mammoth Cave National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Sports Activities in the Park

    There are 55 miles of hiking trails north of the Green River and 23 miles South of the river. I only hiked a few short trails near the cave/visitors center. There is also a bicycling trail, fishing, boating/canoeing and horseback riding in the park. Three trails: The Heritage Trail; Sand Cave Trail; and the Sloans Crossing Pond Walk are wheelchair...

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  • Ride em' Cowboy: Horse Back Riding

    Where: Jesse James Riding Stableswhat to do: Alpine Slide, Horse Backriding, Go Carts, Bumper cars, Miniature Golf, Rock/Wall Climbing, Bumper boats, Jumping Trampoline, & even get an old time photo.cost: $16 per hr., the other activities are $4-$5 eachThe trail riding was pretty good. The horses are beautiful and the trails are fairly interesting....

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  • Green River Canoeing

    The people that run this place are pretty great, very helpful and quite nice. But one word of advice: Ask them about the River! Is it high or low? This is very important because if you happen to take a canoe trip while the river is low like I did then you will completely regret it. We took the shortest trip, 7.5 miles in 3.5 hrs. Since the river...

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Mammoth Cave National Park Favorites

  • Walking Around the Visitor's Center

    Even if you can't go into the cave, there are interesting things to see on the surface. There are signs about the various geological features. For instance one of them says:In the Pennsylvanian Period, 280 million years ago, a layer sand and silt was laid down by an ancient river delta, forming the slanted layer of mixed sandstone and shale visible...

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  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    Mammoth Cave National Park is one of two national parks centered around a cave or cavern. The other is Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. There is a large area you can explore other than the cave, too. Several paved, and unpaved, roads cross different parts of the park. I mostly explored the areas along the main roads. Over 365 miles have been...

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  • Cave Ventilation System

    This is a very cool natural air purification system. Underground it is approximately 54 degree F, the air in the cave is constantly being recirculated by a vaccum like system. The cracks in the cave suck air in from the outside and the warm air from the cave is blown out the enterance/exit of the cave. Once you walk up the the cave, within 20-30'...

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