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 400 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 - Mammoth.
Reservations are not required, but are strongly recommended to ensure a spot on cave tours. Reservations cannot be made the same day of the tour. Park Information
You will be responsible for booking your own cave tours. Tickets sell out very quickly for many of the tours. Tour Descriptions
• Frozen Niagara Tour • Star Chamber Tour
• Historic Tour • Trog
• Domes & Dripstones Tour • Introduction to Caving
• Gothic Avenue Tour • Wild Cave Tour
• Violet City Lantern Tour • Cedar Sink Hike
Visitor Center Hours 8:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. Central Time
We will be staying at the Maple Springs group campsite number G006 on Friday and Saturday night.
There is plenty of hiking available in the park to take advantage of on Saturday or Sunday. There will not be a set itinerary for the group in order to give all participants the opportunity to participate in their desired tours. (For those who are not claustrophobic the Wild Cave tour is highly recommended.)
The cost of the group site is $30 per night and will be divided among campers.
Backcountry Map & Guide
Mammoth Cave National Park Fact Sheet
Green River bisects Mammoth Cave National Park, and can be crossed within the park via Green River Ferry or Houchin Ferry - two of the few operating rural ferries in America.
Green River Ferry operates year-round, 6:00am-9:55pm.
The Green River Ferry is currently closed for routine maintenance. An alternate route to the campground via state and county roads is 35 miles from the Visitor Center.
Houchin Ferry operates March-November, 10:15am-6:00pm.
Carpool arrangements will be made one week prior to the trip. Passengers in the carpool will be expected to split the cost of gas.
NOTICE: All attendees need to understand that while I, and others in the group will look out for your well being, YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety on the trip. Everybody attending is responsible for bringing their own equipment including but not limited to shelter, sleeping bag, stove and food. If you do not have any of these items please say so and we will try and find someone who would be willing to share.