Mammoth Cave National Park
Hiking in Mammoth Cave National Park can be a fun and rewarding experience as in other national parks. It is a great way to both see and experience the park. Mammoth Cave, as its name suggests, is the world's most extensive cave system, with 300 miles of passages that are known and more that have not been explored. Located in central Kentucky, this subterranean phenomenon was created more than several million years ago as water worked its way through limestone deposits, dissolving the rock and carving underground passageways to connect with the nearby river. Over the ages, the water table slowly dropped leaving narrow horizontal tunnels, broad caverns and giant vertical shafts linked in a many-leveled labyrinth. The lower passage ways are still being enlarged by streams and rivers. Water seeping into the cave creates stalactites, stalagmites and white gypsum crystal formations that decorate some of the passages and rooms. Rare and unusual animals, such as blind fish and colorless spiders, demonstrate adaptation to the absolute blackness and isolation. Having evolved over millennia, 50 species of cave creatures are now threatened by pollutants that are entering the cave system from today's water supply. Mammoth Cave is an incredible natural phenomenon that continues to challenge humankind. (Inscribed in 1981)
Beautiful and humbling to see how these caves were used over the centuries. We ended up taking two of the available tours back to back and definitely got a workout. It's hard to believe I've lived so close for so many years and hadn't visited before, that's definitely going to change next summer.
We took the accessible tour. Our tour guides were great, and it was simply an awesome experience to see. I can't wait to go back and explore again one day! Lots of hiking trails and tours to go on (which are fairly inexpensive). I also enjoy the fact that they have tour for those of us who love an adventure but don't get around as easily.
Very nice park. It is in the process of major renovation and already looks great. Drove by the park many times on trips and never stopped. Happy I finally went. It is an amazing place when you go down in the cave. Park rangers were very informative and willing to answer any questions. Overall it was well worth stopping and enjoying the chance to experience something you don't get to see everyday.
Wonderful park! Had a great time here! The history, the tour guides, and the fun museum make for a great atmosphere. The cave itself is almost mystical. I would definitely love to come visit again.
Awesome cave tour. The physical features of the cave itself are impressive, but I was surprised how much we learned about the human history of Mammoth Cave as well. The coolest part is that Native Americans were going into the cave thousands of years ago to harvest gypsum, but we don't really know why. The Historical Tour, which we did, involved some stairs and a decent amount of walking, but it was not too strenuous.