Mammoth Caves, KY - Camping or Room at the Lodge

Tentative Schedule:

Saturday:

Frozen Niagara Tour - 9:30

Historic Tour - 11:00

Intro to Caving Tour - 1:00 - This is full.  A couple of us are signed up for this.

Hiking - 1:00 - For people that not "Intro to Caving".

Sunday:

Hiking - Time ???

In your RSVP, please state if you will be staying 2 or 3 nights.

Monday is Casimir Pulsaki Day.  I will be staying for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).  Feel free to stay for less time.

I will be camping.  The shower building opens March 1st (Yea, Showers!)  Mammoth Caves is a 6+ hours drive from Chicago. 

Please include in your RSVP; if you will be camping or staying in the hotel, can offer a ride or need a ride, and if you are looking to share a room at the hotel.

The average high temp for this time of year is 52 and the low is 32.  The temperature in the caves stays the same all year round.  The forecast is calling for upper 50's and low 30's.

http://www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm

Food:  You will be on your own for food.  We are having a potluck on Saturday Night, so bring a dish to pass.  There is a restaurant at the lodge 1/2 mile away.  It's open from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm.  There is also Mexican and Pizza places near by.  I will bring S'mores, pancake mix, and oatmeal to share.  

Camping:  We will be getting Group Sites.  Each site hold 16 people.  The cost for 3 nights at the site will be 6 to 12 dollars depending on the number for people we get.

Room at the Lodge/Hotel:  The Lodge/Hotel is 1/2 mile away from the Group Campsites.  For a room for up to 4 people with 2 double beds the cost is $60 plus $6 tax per night.  That is $132 for the 2 nights per room or $198 for 3 nights.  http://foreverlodging.com/destination.cfm?PropertyKey=71

A Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar Place

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name-Mammot

Tours of Mammoth Cave

Since 1816, visitors have toured the subterranean labyrinths of Mammoth Cave. Discover what adventures await you on our many Cave Tours

The Age of Exploration is now.

There are many caves tours to choose from.  Here are a couple of them.  Wild Cave Tour is the hardest and the Frozen Niagara Tour is the easiest.

Historic Tour:  Entering the cave through the Historic Entrance, you will feel the excitement that intrigued the earliest explorers and visitors. Experience the history and the role Mammoth Cave played during the War of 1812. Large passages invite you to imagine what it would have been like for prehistoric discoverers who walked these passages more than 2,000 years ago. Descend into the lower levels of the cave and follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who crossed the Bottomless Pit. Squeeze through Fat Man’s Misery. Climb 155 stairs up Mammoth Dome and exit through the Historic Entrance.   •2 hours, 2 miles. Tour limit: 120. Total stairs: 440, including 155 at Mammoth Dome. Elevation change: 300’.  •Limited areas of the Mammoth Cave Discovery, Mammoth Passage, Star Chamber, River Styx and Violet City Lantern Tours are visited on this route.  •Meets at the Visitor Center.  Difficulty: Moderate.

Frozen Niagara Tour:  Depart by bus and journey over the top of the cave to the Frozen Niagara Entrance. The entrance, created in 1924, makes it possible to see this decorative area of the cave. Walk through a fairyland of formations to learn how travertine is formed. Pass through Rainbow Dome, then see Crystal Lake, Moonlight Dome and Onyx Collonade before arriving at the Frozen Niagara flowstone. Descend steps under the Frozen Niagara formation to visit the Drapery Room before returning to the surface. This easy trip is ideal for people who want a short introduction to Mammoth Cave.  •1¼ hours, ¼ mile. Tour limit: 36. Total stairs: 12, plus an optional 98. Elevation change: 40’.  •Includes parts of the New Entrance and Grand Avenue tour routes. Not available by reservation.  •Meets at the Visitor Center.  Difficulty: Easy.

I hope you can make it.

Kevin

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  • Kevin

    It was a great weekend. Good people and good times.

    March 20, 2012

  • rita r

    Guys, don't forget to dress in layers and bring rain gear. The forecast, as of now, calls for a very wet Friday and a slight rain possibility on Sunday. Most importantly, bring gloves, a warm hat, maybe a blanket for when you are seating by the fire.. it will be cold. Check your sleeping bags; hopefully, they will be rated for the temperatures we will have (they say to have one rated 15 degrees less than what we will experience), otherwise, supplement with wool blankets. It will be fun!!

    February 28, 2012

  • Kevin

    Yes, you should bring sleeping bags and a tent. Don't forget flashlight or head lamp. Don't for boots for hiking. Beside that, you only need your personal items. Bring food for breakfast and lunches.

    February 28, 2012

  • Stan S.

    Hi Kevin, I'm really excited about the camping this weekend. This is my first time to go out for campping. Could you please give me some introduction about what I should prepare. Should I bring a sleep bag or a tent? And what else we should bring? Thank you very much!

    February 27, 2012

  • Kevin

    Mammoth Passage Tour and Frozen Niagara Tour tickets are only available at the park. Reservations are not accepted to these 2 tours.

    February 8, 2012

  • rita r

    Sunday offerings are pretty much the same as Saturday. There is no availability for the Intro to Caving Tour, Wild Cave, or Grand Ave. tour.

    February 8, 2012

  • rita r

    As of 2/8/12 the cave tour offerings for Saturday with open spaces are:
    GOTHIC TOUR: 160 min long, moderate, departs 9:15am
    HISTORIC TOUR: 120 mins., moderate, departs 11am, 1pm, 3pm
    NEW ENTRANCE TOUR: 120 mins., moderate, departs 10am, 12pm, 2pm

    February 8, 2012

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