Free Mammoth Cave Tour & Green River Bluffs Trail

Meeting time: 11 AM
Hike Distance: about 2 miles
Estimated Hike Time: 1 hour, but with stops along the river it’s more like 90 minutes.
Difficulty: easy

People traveling from Bowling Green can meet up in the Fairview Shopping Center Parking lot at 10 am to Carpool/ caravan up to Mammoth Cave National Park. I'll be coming from the east, so I’ll see you all at the park.

Escape from the heat, MCNP is offering free cave tours this weekend from 10:00-2:00. We will meet at 11:00 am cdt at the start of Heritage Trail near the visitor’s center. We will follow Heritage trail to Sunset Point, then go down to the River Styx and hike the Green River Bluffs trail. This is a slow, easy hike so we can take time to enjoy the views along the river. We will come back and pick up our free tickets at the visitor’s center.

Discovery Tour
Duration: Allow at least 30 minutes
Walking Distance: ¾ mile round trip from visitor center
Sells Out at: No Limit
Emphasis on: Large trunk passages; variety of topics; resource protection challenges
Landmarks Seen: Natural Entrance, Narrows, Rotunda, saltpeter mining artifacts, Audubon Avenue
Elevation Change: 140 feet
Number of Stairs: 120
Steep Hill Climbs? One, to and from cave entrance

If you are hungry after the cave tour, we can eat at the park restaurant.

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  • Angie J.

    HOT, but fun! Cave tours were a nice relief.

    August 16, 2010

  • Greg

    After eating we went on the New Enterance tour. It was really cool, we decended down winding steps into a narrow shaft and came out in Grand Central Station, then up some passages and ended at Frozen Niagara and the Drapery room both full of stalagtites & stalagmites.

    August 15, 2010

  • Greg

    It was a day of extremes, from intense heat on the hike we went into the cool cave and came out into a heavy thunderstorm. In fact, it was so hot we cut the hike short. We went down to the river Styx and along the Green River for a ways, then took the short cut back to the visitor's center. The free tour was short but interesting, we saw the Rotunda & saltpeter mine.

    August 15, 2010

  • Greg

    Oh, it might be a good idea to bring a jacket, it could be a 100 degrees out...but in the 50's in the cave.

    August 12, 2010

  • Angie J.

    Well, Greg, I think I'm going to take your advice and see if I can buy tickets ahead. There are still quite a few, but I'm not sure they'll last till the weekend. The only one I see that will work for everybody is the New Entrance Tour at 3:00.

    August 11, 2010

  • Angie J.

    At this point I'm not committed enough to buy tickets ahead, not sure what tour the kids would like to see. I think I'm just going to play it by ear. Thanks for the info though, it gives me an idea!

    August 10, 2010

  • Greg

    I considered another tour, but wasn't sure if anyone wanted to stay around for it. I figure we would finish eating b/t 2:00 - 3:00. There's the Historic Tour (2 hours, 2 miles) 2:15, 2:45, 4:00 / New Entrance Tour (2 hours, ¾ mile)
    3:00, 3:30 / both adult $12.00 kid 12 yo $8.00. It's a good idea to get tickets early since there's a group limit on some tours.

    August 10, 2010

  • Angie J.

    I'm bringing my kids, I think they'll have a really great time. If we have time after eating I'm thinking of taking my kids on another cave tour while we're there - not sure which yet - if anyone wants to join us they're welcome...

    August 10, 2010

  • Greg

    This hike & cave tour is especially suited for kids.

    August 10, 2010

  • Sue T.

    are kids welcome?

    August 10, 2010

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