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April's Camping Trip - Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, KY

Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, KY

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.  It's vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name - Mammoth.

Mammoth Cave National Park

1 Mammoth Cave Parkway

Mammoth Cave, KY

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Spring 2013--March 23 - May 25--Visitor Center Hours: 8:15a.m. – 6:15p.m. Central Mammoth Cave National Park is in the Central Time Zone. Most of the park's resources and facilities are available free of charge, so you don't need to purchase a National Park Pass for entry or parking.  Fees are charged for cave tours.

Directions from the North: Take Interstate 65 to Exit 53 (Cave City Exit). Turn right onto KY-70. Follow 70/255 as it becomes the Mammoth Cave Parkway in the park. Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center.

Mammoth Cave Campground: Located ¼ mile from the park Visitor Center, this campground includes 105 sites, including 4 group sites. Each site features a paved parking area, a picnic table, and a fire ring. The campground has restrooms, fresh water, a dump station, garbage dumpsters, and a recycling station. There are no hookups for electricity or water. Showers, operated by the park concessioner, are open daily March 1-November 30, 6am-10pm, $2/10min. Showers are located behind the Service Center adjacent to the campground. Emergency phone numbers, and announcements regarding park activities, are posted at the bulletin board at the campground entrance. Below is a map of the campground:

http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=105798

This trip is planned for four nights: Thursday, April 25, Friday, April 26,  Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, and departing on Monday, April 29.

The trip will be open to 30 people since we will have 2 group campsites next to each other holding 16 people each (or 4 adjoining sites holding 8 people each)  You are welcome to join for any length of stay, but please note that since the park is 6 1/2 hours from Chicago, to make the most of your weekend, you are encouraged to try to arrive on Thursday and leave Monday.

 

Payment: The cost per person for this event will be $85. Your fee includes:

- Group site fees

- Dinner for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

- Breakfast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

- Firewood for the weekend

- Miscellaneous camping equipment

- Paypal fees

Cancellation Policy: This event is pre-pay in order for you to RSVP YES. If your plans change and you must cancel, you must request a refund NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013 AT 12:00 PM to receive a full refund. If you cancel after this time or are a no-show, you will lose your entire payment. This group camps rain or shine so weather is not considered grounds for a refund. Average temps for the last weekend in April is high's of 75 degrees; low's of 50 degrees with 4.4 inches of rain for the entire month. Please note that the automatic Waitlist does not work for pre-pay events, so please add your wish to be on the waitlist to the Meetup comments.

 

Food Arrangements: Breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are included in your fee. We will take turns volunteering to help with all prep, cooking, and cleaning responsibilities for all meals. Everyone should bring their own food for all snacks and lunches. You will also be responsible for your own Breakfast on Monday. You can get meals not provided in the  Mammoth Cave Hotel, which operates 2 resturants- The Crystal Lake Coffee Shop, which provides standard fare, while the Travertine Restaurant offers fine dining and caters to events. [masked]-2225. Or stop at the diner the locals go to and the rangers recommend  Porky Pig Diner,125 Park Boundary Rd, Smiths Grove, KY.

ALL beverages - alcohol and non-alcohol, including coffee, milk and juices - are BYOB.  Note: the counties around Mammoth Cave National Park are "dry" - alcoholic beverages are not available for sale except for in Cave City and Elizabethtown, where you may be able to purchase a drink with your meal at certain restaurants. The closest "wet" area is Bowling Green.

In keeping with our new environmentally responsible policy, all campers are responsible for their own mess kit – including napkins. These items will no longer be provided by the group. A wash-line and sanitation station will be set up after breakfast and dinner for campers use.

Miscellaneous: We will plan to have 30 campers.  Check-out time is 11am on Monday April 29, 2013

In addition, please note the following:

1) This is an adult only event. Please, no children under 18.

2) Pets are allowed. PLEASE INDICATE IN YOUR RSVP IF YOU ARE BRINGING A PET. Note: Pets must be on a leash at all times at Mammoth Cave National Park. No pets are permitted in any cave with the exception of designated service animals.  The hotel maintains a kennel; call [masked] or email for availability.

3)  Mammoth Cave National Park's diverse landscape is accessed by a network of parkways, roads, and river crossings.  The 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. Normally, visitors have no difficulty making their way around the park, but occasionally weather conditions may prevent ferries from running.  Ferry operations are subject to water levels on the Green River, and operations may be affected by high or low water. You may call the Ferry Hotline at [masked] for current information. In the event of ferry closure, the nearest crossing is in Brownsville. Vehicles boarding the ferries must not exceed 8 tons, and have a length no more than 16 feet. Low water conditions often restrict trailer traffic on the ferries; you may wish to call the Ferry Hotline prior to departing with your trailer-length vehicle to ensure that the ferries can accommodate your vehicle.

Green River Ferry operates year-round, 6:00am-9:55pm.

Houchin Ferry operates March-November, 10:15am-6:00pm.

4) Feel free to bring a kayak or canoe. Within the Boundaries of Mammoth Cave National Park, 25 Miles of the Green River and six miles of the Nolin River carry boaters past dramatic bluffs, majestic trees, and wildlife. Go here to learn more: http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/boating.htm

Don't have a equipment, Go here to find an outfitter (cost not included in trip fees). http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/canoeliveries.htm

5)  A trip to Mammoth Caves would not be complete with a cave tour.  Go to the following site to see a list of tours and the rates (cost not included in trip fees). http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm

6) If you like horseback riding, here is the link to a Licensed Outfitter (cost not included in trip fees: http://doublejstables.com/trail_rides.htm

7) Trails, trails and more trails for hiking and biking: http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/trails.htm

http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/biketrails.htm

Final details about the group site and finalized dinner menu options will be mailed the Monday before the event. In the meantime, please feel free to e-mail any of the organizers with any questions.

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  • john o.

    Ok one last lost item, found a suncloud pair of sunglasses in the van, green with a croakey. Just contact me I'll send them to you.

    May 3, 2013

    • Janine W

      They are Linda's. Put them with her kayak.

      May 4, 2013

  • Janine W

    I have a set of plates w/a palm tree design with silverware and some tupperware in a red bag. I think these are Monica and Dave's. I also have a pair of ladies dark blue fleece gloves.

    April 30, 2013

    • Melissa

      That is the cover for the group Camp Chef grill. Please fold it and put it in with the stove - thanks!!!

      May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      those are our dishes and gloves. get them frim you next time we see you. thx.

      May 1, 2013

  • Janine W

    The average rain fall for the entire month of April in Mammoth Cave is 4.04. On Saturday night we survived 2.63 inches or over 1/2 the monthly average in a few hours. Anyone playing cards may remember a lightning strike that made one of the grill tables shake, pots fall on the picnic table, and me jump and scream. I found out from one of the rangers giving a tour Monday that lightning strike occured at the visitor center and the bolt hit a tree and knocked it down. Thanks to everyone who brought the canopies and to those who set them up to provide shelter from the storm and kept the fun going.

    1 · April 30, 2013

    • Melissa

      Totally remember that lightening strike! I knew it had to be close, but wow!!!

      April 30, 2013

  • Tammy S

    Even though we didn't have a lot of sun, we still had a lot of fun! :) I enjoyed carpooling, kayaking, hiking, going into town, the distillery tour, the cave tour, campfire songs, playing cards, the great meals... but especially the people! Thanks to everyone for a fun weekend!

    April 29, 2013

  • linda

    I enjoyed my first camp trip with this group and hope to attend more. It was great meeting everyone. The group was friendly and welcoming. The organization of food and set up is down to a science. I've never seen so much food on a camp trip before. It was all delicious. Thank you. Also a big thanks to John and Janine for the kayaking routes. They were very scenic and calm. A great trip.

    April 29, 2013

  • Tim K

    Sorry I wasn't there to stop the rain. We had dry weather on all the trips last year. Since Mammoth Caves is the first trip I missed in a year and a half, it must be my fault. :-P The upside for everyone is I plan to be there to stop the rain at Kettle Moraine.

    April 29, 2013

    • john o.

      you got that right!

      April 29, 2013

  • Jeanie H.

    Fun trip in such a beautiful place! Thank you Janine, John and all the wonderful assistant organizers... for all of your hard work! Great job! Loved Kayaking with fun girlfriends on the Green River! Although the stormy weather put a damper on all the things I wanted to do... "The great people...both old friends and new... are what really makes a wonderful trip! : )

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip despite the rain! There were plenty of other things to do and see in the area to stay dry.
    Thank you to all the organizers!!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Cynthia J

    I thought this trip was really fun! I slept the best I have since I can remember. The rain was so cathartic and relaxing. Too bad it was so extreme that tents began floating downstream. And, how much more will we appreciate each sunny camping day. Yummy food. Fun times. Great company!!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved this trip! John & Janine did a great job organizing. Mother nature did not exactly cooperate, but our group always makes the best of every situation!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Melissa

    This was a wonderful start to the camping season. Janine and John organized a fabulous trip at an amazing new location. I think we will be adding this to future seasons - so much to see and do!!! A little drizzle - lol - okay a torrential downpour - did not ruin the fun!!! Thanks to everyone for all the help on the campsite :-).

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • John D

    It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We arrived and set up our giant tent late Thursday. The steak and taco fajitas on Thursday were delicious. Afterwards we sat around the camp fire and played bongos and guitar until we got yelled at :-) Friday, after a great breakfast, a group of us went kayaking on the green river for 12 miles. Saw deer swim across the river and an eagle flying around. We ate lunch along the river bank. I'm glad I switched my cave tour from Friday to Saturday because the weather was much nicer Friday. We had another camp fire get together Friday night with possibly the last performance by Terry before he moves. Good luck on your new job Terry, we'll miss you.

    April 28, 2013

    • John D

      Saturday was rainy all day, so Walter and I went on the "New Entrance" cave tour. Very interesting history. We went on a tour of Jim Beam distillery. I managed to sneak in a run and bike ride along the Mammoth Cave trail to burn off some of that booze. We played poker under the canopy Saturday night, trying hard to stay dry. Walter and I had a lot of fun playing with all of you. Our tent had a couple minor drips as the torrential downpour came down all night. Sunday Walter and I went on the Historic cave tour and packed up and left.

      Overall, it was a great and memorable trip. I can't wait to see all the pictures everyone is sure to post. I'd also like to thank all the organizers and assistant organizers for all their hard work. I hope to see you guys on another meet up.

      John & Pretty Eyes

      1 · April 28, 2013

  • Zak

    The rain was tough but the fun was great

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just want to say "THANK YOU!" for an outstanding experience. I have never met more fun and silly people. Just my type : D

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • linda

    Is here a list of who is carpooling or who has available spots?
    Or do we just all meet there? Also how many are bring kayaks?

    April 2, 2013

    • Rekha

      Linda and Rick, I won't be able to make it as some work related issue came up with one of my clients (as I mentioned I have a small IT business). May be next time..Have fun! Rekha.

      April 23, 2013

    • Jeanie H.

      Hi John, (Olson) I am planning to haul my Kayak on top of my van. Thanks so much for the offer! Wish me luck! : ) Looking forward to a great trip!!

      April 24, 2013

  • Tammy S

    If anyone wants to play baseball/softball, bring your mitt!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we know yet what campsite(s) we'll be staying at?

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tim and I will bring a pop-up canopy if it's needed.

    April 22, 2013

    • john o.

      That would be great!! Thanks so much.

      April 23, 2013

  • Rekha

    Sorry, can't make it as some work related issue came up.
    next time...

    April 23, 2013

  • Cas S.

    unfortunately, my nieces 1st communion on Sat, so will be unable to attend this one

    April 19, 2013

  • John D

    Note that most of the cave tours are all booked. I had to settle for a one hour Frozen Niagara tour on 4/26 at 11:45 PM.

    April 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dave and I booked the 2-hr. Historic Tour for Sun. the 28th @ 11:30---lots o' spaces left.

      April 13, 2013

    • John D

      I also booked the Historic Tour on Sun at 11:30. Still lots of spaces left.

      April 16, 2013

  • John D

    I just booked a canoe trip from Dennison Ferry to Green River Ferry with Green River Canoeing on the 27th at 9 AM. The outfitter is taking us up to Dennison and we'll paddle downstream back to Green River Ferry.

    April 11, 2013

    • John D

      Floatzilla, Green River style!

      April 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dave and I reserved a kayak and will join the Floatzilla on the 27th! BTW: for $10 the outfitter will transport your boat if you bring your own, which I will. I'll check to see if we can get a grp discount since there're at least 6 of us doing this trip.

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tim and I booked the Green River canoe trip from Dennison Ferry to Green River Ferry also on the 27th at 9:00am. We also booked the 3.5 hour intro to caving on the 28th at 9:30am. In case anyone is interested, there were 20 spots available when I booked that cave tour. (now there are 18!)

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everybody! Looking forward to this trip. I'm bringing my kayak. Is anyone bringing an extra kayak Dave could borrow for a paddle or two?

    April 9, 2013

  • Jeanie H.

    I was so hoping to go to this... Cannot wait to camp and kayak in this beautiful area!

    April 5, 2013

  • Rekha

    Hi, I would like to carpool with if anybody is driving from Northwest suburbs? I live in Schaumburg. Please let me know if you have any spot, I will share the gas cost. Thanks in advance!

    April 2, 2013

  • Tim K

    Given the uncertainty of finding someone with whom to carpool Friday morning I think I should give up my spot.

    April 2, 2013

  • Tim K

    Alas, I probably cannot leave until after 8pm Thursday so I do not expect to go. Incidentally, some of the best things to do at Mammoth Caves are above-ground hiking and bicycling trails. A good portion of the caves are featureless.

    March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tim - I'm sorry but I cannot go now. I'll explain when I see you.

      April 1, 2013

    • Tim K

      Thanks for the immediate heads-up, Sharon. We'll talk Saturday evening. In the meantime I'll give up my spot although if anyone else is interested in a carpool buddy please let me know.

      April 2, 2013

  • John D

    My son Richard is home from the Marines and I am looking forward to introducing him to my camping friends. We went hiking together the other day at Starved Rock and he smiled and was happy for the first time since getting back. We're really looking forward to this trip.

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I will explain when I see you.

    April 1, 2013

  • Tim K

    I need to hold a spot in case I can go.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    with Jake

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • linda

    Anyone want to carpool. I may bring a kayak

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any chance you could switch the April and May trips?

    March 7, 2013

    • Janine W

      Tom, The reason April was picked for this trip was because we had ice on our tents when we were in Wisconson in April last year!!! We want warmth--70 degree days; 50 degree nights. Also we are going 2 weeks before the start of their busy season, so while we should have nice weather, there are shouldn't be any crowds. I sent all the organizers trip info last year to see who would be interested and told everyone to save the dates.

      March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Janine, I knew you couldn't really change the dates.... I was just grasping at straws since it looks like I can't make it (no vacation left ). Sounds like you guys should have a great time though.

      March 9, 2013

  • Jenn

    cant make it gonna miss you guys

    March 8, 2013

  • Jessica

    Wow, this looks great! Sorry I can't make it. I already planned a 6 day trip to D.C.!

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love mamoth cave, but I'm moving this weekend.

    March 7, 2013

  • Birt H.

    Been there, done that; love to do it again, especially with some of my best friends. But............I blew off one class to go to Wausau and I just can't skip another one. I'll see you all at Kettle Moraine.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • linda

    I plan to go but will not RSVP and pay just yet. I assume you have planned some hiking trips. Look forward to it. Is anyone bring kayak's?

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Jim B

    I participated in an archeological survey (Earth Watch)here back in the 90's. It was a great time with wild caving and everything.

    March 5, 2013

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