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
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:
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
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.