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“Impressive - River Styx Tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY 42259
270 758 2180
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/air tour
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Owner description: A mysterious limestone cave that has fascinated people for 4,000 years.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Southern Ontario, Canada
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“Impressive - River Styx Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We have been in other caves, but the sheer size of Mammoth Cave is impressive. We booked in advance based on some advice and from someone that we know were so glad theat we did. The River Styx tour is only offered once a day and for a few weeks of the year, so it was sold out by the time we arrived at 8:00 am for our 8:30 tour. The ranger, Sue was very knowledgeable. She decribed this as the only tour that goes from top to bottom. This is a 2 1/2 hour hike that covers the Historic Tour route plus addiitonal river and lake a further 50 feet down. You can feel the cool air (54F or 12C) as you arrive at the natural entrance. Fat Man's Misery is a really neat part of the hike as are a few passgaes where youhave to crouch or climb down narrow stairs. We saw bats, learned about cave life and felt water drip on us. You do not need to be in exceptional physical condition, but you do need to be able to walk at a good pace and fit into smaller spaces. When we came out, the hot air (90F+ or 32C+) really hit us and fogge d up our glasses. Unlike another cave we were in, we were allowed to take pictures. A wonderful experience!

Visited August 2012
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“Great little vacation !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

My husband and I are from Ohio and have walked the Ohio Caverns and wanted to do something a little different and bigger. We planned our trip to visit Mammoth cave and started reading about what to do, which tours to go on and it all was a little overwhelming at first. So we decided to do the Frozen Niagra tour on Sat. evening around 7pm CENTRAL time...The Frozen Niagra tour is where 98% of their formations are located, we were so happy we decided to go on that tour first. It's not very long and its seperate from everything else. You meet with the guides in your own car and drive back through the park to get to the entrance. They walk you into the main part and talk a little history then they let you walk freely to take as many pictures as you want. It's very neat and amazing to see all the formations in this one area ! It's a MUST do if you are there to see formations !!
The next day we had reservations for the Historic tour at 11:15 with Steve Kistler (great tour guide) very knowledgeable and funny at the same time ! This tour is a little strenenous. You don't realize it on the way down that you will have to come all the way back up the ramp ! It is a bit chilly when you go in the cave so take a light jacket or sweatshirt. Pictures are just about worthless in this part. Either too dark, too far away, too big, etc...No formations but alot of neat historical things to look at !
Now, the part called "Fat Man's Misery" worried my husband to no end as he is 6'2'' and about 300lbs... HE MADE IT JUST FINE....I personally think its harder for women because the narrow part is around the hips and our hips are wider than theirs. It is a squeeze for just about anyone but not for very long...towards the end you get to climb alot of stairs to get out. The group your in is so big that its slow going up the stairs so it gives everyone a chance to catch their breath ! Once out of the cave back up that long ramp...this I think was the worst part.
All around it was a great time ! A lot of wild life roaming around on your drive into the park. We already want to come back and do other tours !
Couple tips:
1. Get info off line about the tours and make your reservations ahead of time !
2. Bowling green is only about 30min straight south and they have way more places to eat and stay and it's cheaper
3.Don't waste your time driving to Glascow...not much there

Hope my review helps someone !! Have a great day !

Visited August 2012
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“One of the Eight Wonders of the World in Kentucky”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This is one of the largest caves in the world. Much of it was explored by a slave named Stephen Bishop. It was used during the Civil War to produce gunpower. This is a must see in Kentucky. If you have out of town guests this is only a few hours drive and there are more than five different excursions to take including one on the underground river. Blind fish, albino crickets, both Fat Man's Misery and Tall Man's Misery make this a wonderful experience for all ages. You need to be able to walk for a couple of hours but it is a cool 65 degrees in the cave year round. As a native Kentuckian I have been to this cave many times and each time I learn something new. I plan to go again and again.

Visited September 2011
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“Awesome Guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We had a very outgoing guide through the New Entrance. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I do have to say though, if you've seen one cave, you've seen them all. Don't waste money going on the longer trips unless you just want to say you went on them.

Visited August 2012
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“Memorable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

By now you probably know that this is the longest cave system in the world, with 350+ miles of explored cave. My husband visited as a kid with his family and insisted that we needed to travel all the way from Florida to Mammoth Cave. We took the Grand Avenue Tour (reserved 24 hours in advance) and the Historic Tour (reserved on site), together over 6 miles of walking, without overlapping and actually quite different from one another. During the Grand Avenue Tour, we stopped for a very nice lunch in the Snowball Room, INSIDE the cave. There also were a couple restroom stops during this tour, while not in the Historic. Michael was our guide in the Grand Avenue tour and he was very fun and pleasant. For people with decent stamina and no mobility problems, any of these two tours would be OK. . Allow all day to visit Mammoth Cave, it's a unique experience and if you chose your tours carefully you will be able to see very different features on each one.

Visited July 2012
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