Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A mysterious limestone cave that has fascinated people for 4,000 years.
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  • Tyson C
    San Juan Capistrano, California570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    OMG go here
    Experience of a lifetime. OMG we loved it. I do not remember the tour we did, it was later in the day and the "shorter" one, but not the shortest one. Anyway the tour guide was amazing. It was a small group so he was super cool
    Visited January 2023
    Written April 14, 2023
  • 541lisas
    Pascoag, Rhode Island97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Magnificent
    We took the drive while staying in Nashville on April Vacation. I wasn't really sure what it was going to be like underground, and I was astonished at the magnificence and beauty of this cave system. Our guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell that he really loves his job and these caves. Definitely order the pretzel at the snack bar, but prepare to wait. Those ladies are not in a rush...
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2023
  • chris a.
    Ballston Lake, New York2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience!
    We thoroughly enjoyed our cave tour - educational and just cool to be down there! Paved walkways and stairs with railings made navigation easy and comfortable. Temperature comfortable - recommend a light jacket or sweatshirt. If you're in the area, I highly recommend a visit to the cave ~ you won't forget it!
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Greg G
    Austin, Texas422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Tour of Mammoth Cave
    What a fun experience! We greatly enjoyed the historic tour and the two hour walk led by Ranger Shannon. He took time to answer all questions from our small group and his humor and local knowledge made for an enjoyable hike. The recent trail maintenance inside the cave is very well done. This is a great afternoon adventure when its hot, because it was a cool 54 degrees inside.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • rachels81
    Phoenix, Arizona47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great National Park!
    What a great National Park, and I have been to quite a few. A lot of tour options are available. I would recommend buying your tickets in advance. We actually did 2 tours in one day, the Wondering Woods and the Historic Tour. I would pass on the Wondering Woods Tour they only take you to 1 cave, you look around climb some stairs and that's it, it really wasn't worth it. The Historic Tour is a definite must if you are able to walk for two hours.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 3, 2023
  • NW748
    Washington410 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park - too crowded of tours though!
    Beautiful national park. It’s free to go into the park, you only need to pay to take the tours. We booked our tour in advance. We chose the historic tour. It was 2 miles long with a lot of stairs, some narrow spaces and areas where you have to duck while walking - if you have trouble walking or bending, this isn’t the tour for you. But we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. There were some people with small kids on the tour and it didn’t seem suited to them either as it is a long tour for kids. We also had an entire school classroom on our tour - it would be much better if they would require classes to have their own tours. We had a sold out tour and there were at least 100 people - way too many for me. Not everyone gets to hear what the tour guide says, unless it’s at one of the designated stops. The caves are beautiful and large. The visitor center has a nice little museum and some gift shops. They have a few easy walking trails nearby that we also enjoyed.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Capri B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful day trip from Nashville
    What a beautiful place to visit. We did 2 cave tours, the Cleaveland Avenue tour and the Historic Tour. Our tour guides did a fantastic job and made the tour entertaining and knowledgeable. Worth the day drive from Nashville to go explore these caves.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2023
  • Sharon B
    Lakeland, Tennessee48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cave… a dry and cool cave!
    The longest cave in the country… did the historical tour and we had the best tour guide. He was fun and educational. He explained all the passageways we would need to walk just in case “Fat Man’s Misery” would be a problem. It wasn’t LOL.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Hope
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guide made it lots of fun
    This was a fun experience. The guide was great and really made the experience what it was. It's a paved path through the cave, so don't expect an "authentic" cave experience where you're climbing up and down rocks. The only complaint I have is that the group you go with is huge... definitely could've done with a smaller group. We did the historic tour and really enjoyed it. Definitely do-able for all ages (unless you can't climb stairs - there are quite a few of those at the end).
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 8, 2023
  • USTravelersFlorida
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and educational experience
    We did the 2 hour Historic Tour in February and found it to be really interesting. Our Park Ranger guide was enthusiastic about history, great with kids, compassionate with the elderly and those with disabilities. Our kids are very athletic and can focus on these kinds of tours, so we stayed towards the front of the tour near the ranger the majority of the tour so they could hear and learn from the experience. The tour did have around 100 people, and staying near the front allowed us to hear and not miss information. This ranger did a good job of taking questions during the stopping points in the larger chambers where everyone was gathered around her in a semi-circle. We also dressed in layers because it is a cave with the physical activity of walking and climbing stairs, and some in our family like it cold and some like it warmer! We want to visit this park again and try other tours because there was so much history.
    Visited February 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
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Sarah B
208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I took 2 tours during my visit: domes and dripstones and the extended historic tour. Domes and dripstones was absolutely not worth it and I would not recommend it to anyone. The pathways were wet and slippery. There wasn't much to see for a majority of the tour, and even the show features were incredibly limited compared to other caves. The whole tour is basically maneuvering narrow metal stairs and rough walkways for very little payoff for what you actually get to see. If you must see the show cave features, take the frozen niagara tour that only sees the small show section and skips out on the 500 wet stairs. The historic tour is where Mammoth Cave really shines. The wide open passages were unlike anything I had seen in cave systems before. The saltpeter mining was a really cool peak at history, and all throughout the tour there are smoke writings and carvings on the walls and ceiling of the cave from generations gone by. I went on the extended historic tour which also included a visit to an old experimental tuberculosis treatment area. The 2 huts that are visible were really neat to see as well as just getting to learn so much about that time from the guides. The stories the guides tell throughout the whole historic tour really being the cave to life and help you imagine what the cave was like during a variety of time periods. There are still a lot of stairs on the historic tour, but they are all even and much easier than the domes and dripstones stairs. The pathways are all relatively smooth and easy and the tour feels less like work and more like the opportunity to enjoy the cave that it should be. If I was rating Mammoth Cave based just on domes and dripstones it would be 0/5, but if I was rating it based just on the historic tour it would be a 5/5.
Written March 2, 2020
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WI87
Minneapolis, MN28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited on December 21, 2019 on a Saturday afternoon. I don't think that our tour guide was a park ranger, as he was simply wearing jeans and a hoodie (maybe he was filling in for Christmas break?). It was evident that this may have been his first tour and he had a difficult time, both with the narrative and in controlling people. Our tour had a large group (~60 people), and he had no control of those at the end of the line. They were always talking over him and exploring on their own, impacting what we got out of our tour.

We have a 4th grader, but this park doesn't take the Park's pass and for a family of 4, the ~50.00 we had to pay was totally NOT worth it.

People we were next to said the neighboring private Diamond Cave was a much better tour. For national parks, WIND CAVE in SD is a MUCH better tour, they take the national Parks "every kid in a park" pass, and you get a US Park Ranger to lead it!
Written January 13, 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We came on 10/6 and booked the Historic Modified Tour. If you are making a visit to Mammoth Cave and want to join one of the many tours, it is essential that you pre-book your tickets at recreation.gov. If you load the app, the tickets will also be available on your phone even if you don't have cell service. You can also see the number of tickets available on the website. We booked the 10 am slot 3 days prior to arriving which cost $20 per person. Even with the National Park pass, there were no discounts. On the day of our tour, this time slot was completely full.

The Historic Modified Tour is a ranger led tour. There were around 50 people on this tour. Masks were not required. Inside the cave, it is a constant 54 degrees so you may want to bring a jacket. Our tour lasted 2 hours.

Mammoth Cave was really massive and other than the size, the cave was OK. We also went to Carlsbad on this same trip and thought Carlsbad was much more interesting.
Written November 2, 2021
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mel d
Gulf Shores, AL8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Very Disappointed. It's like the Griswalds going to Wally world!! We wasted so much money on gas and hotel, going there and find out there's only one set of tickets for 9:30 and space is limited. Feel sorry for those senior citizens and handicapped. Hiking trails are the only thing open unless you know how to use the internet and research the park info. The parking lot was not full and this country is losing money.
Written March 25, 2021
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Krr1975
Sevierville, TN977 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We were so looking forward to our trip to Mammoth Cave. It has been on my bucket list for years to see it. We planned a long weekend, I took a day off work and drove four hours to get here.
We purchased our tour, Domes and Dripstones, weeks in advance. The night before our tour, after we had gone to bed, we received an email they canceled our tour and refunded our money due to closure (weather).

The day of our tour, the visitors center opened at noon, again due to the weather. We were there when they opened. The Mammoth Cave Passage tours is the only they don’t sell ahead of time. They were offering it and the Historic Tour and that was it. We did get on the Mammoth Passage Tour. However, I was very disappointed in the tour. You did more walking to get to the opening of the cave and back to the visitor center than in the cave. The ranger who led the tour, would start taking at certain stops before the entire group got there. So, if you were toward the back, you missed part of what she said. The cave wasn’t well lit and you couldn’t look around due to having to watch where you walk. Also, there were several kids on this tour. One kid on our tour was singing his ABC’s while the ranger was talking. So if you don’t want to be around young kids…..this is not the tour for you as it’s the easiest to take kids on.

To be honest, we all enjoyed a local cave (Crystal Onyx Cave) more than we did Mammoth Cave. It was definitely prettier, more to see and better tour guide.

While I understand having to cancel tours due to weather, I think they should work with those they have to cancel to try to get them rebooked. Especially when people make plans to come from afar and plan their weekend around their reservation, including lodging and taking off from work.
Written March 12, 2022
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Reggie N
43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Review - We were there on July 1st. Only tour available is the self guided historic. You’re going to need to buy tickets online in advance because it will sell out. That said it’s an easy walk and anyone with claustrophobic fears or anxiety about the dark should be assuaged. The cave has lots of lighting, and the walkway is mostly paved with a little bit of stone. Couple of small easy grade slopes. This is not an arduous hike by any means so you can definitely do it with young kids. It is cooler below so bring a light jacket or sweatshirt.

And that temperature below is the perfect segue into what I recommend in hindsight. One thing about this park is it’s massive. I was not expecting the size of the park itself. From the cave entrance it’s a 15 -20 minutes drive. Lots of places to hike or camp.

If you schedule your cave tour this way and hike the Dixon Cave trail loop and/or the Echo River & River Styx trail first! There’s some steep grades, but the trail is well marked and there’s lots spots to take a breather. But if you do those hikes first on a warm day the cave will feel like a perfect cool down.

COVID wise I’d say 85% of the visitors like us were masked. 😷 Good social distancing spacing of cave tour and along trail.
Written July 3, 2020
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL3,975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We visited Mammoth Cave for the Historic Cave Tour. The tour is the only one being offered currently during the pandemic. We purchased tickets online a couple of weeks in advance. It was fairly busy the day we went so I strongly recommend advance reservations. The tour is self-guided and begins at the visitor center. Each individual party is released a intervals to promote social distancing. Once inside the cave, we were able to explore over 2 miles of the cave system. Rangers were stationed at frequent intervals and were available to answer questions. It was very cold (54 degrees) inside the cave particularly in comparison to the 90 degrees outside. The history and geology of the massive cavern was wonderful! It is very hard to fathom how large the cave system until you actually enter. It highly recommend this cave tour. It’s a great way to get out and safely enjoy our natural resources even during the pandemic.
Written August 11, 2020
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Kayak23
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
I read many reviews, both good and bad about seeing the caves with limited tour options. My first disappointment was not being about to book a recently added full tour, even though I had booked my hotel four months ago. Tickets sold so fast that only 2/10 of our group were able to have a guided tour. People in the group were rather disrespectful even towards the ranger. There was much to explore but most of
The historical tour was just walking. My six year old was rather tired of the 300 stairs to climb the end. Now for the rest of us who had to limit for the self guided tour; it was neat to see the expansive size of the cave period, but please don’t come and expect “Carlsbad” or “cool formations”. You can’t compare apples to oranges. There were a few signs to read regarding things to see in the cave from historical purposes. If you’re on the fence, I’d recommend waiting until you can buy full guided tours of the cave.
Hiking trails: highly recommend the river styx loop behind the information center/hotel. If you go counterclockwise you’ll go down all the steps and up the steep hill. It’s very pretty but moderately challenging. The short pond loop .5 mile is easy and pretty. The cedar sink hole was not worth the time we spent, I’d skip this loop or just go until you get to the bottom of the stairs and turn back around.
Written June 21, 2021
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stulimom
Bonita Springs, FL901 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a different type of National Park in that there's only one basic attraction (for non-hikers) and that's the various tours offered. There's no driving around the park to see sights like at other parks. And you better make your reservations in advance for the tours since they're sold out in the summer. We took one "easy" tour as an introduction and then split into two different tours the next day.....one "easy" and one "moderate". The National Park staff is wonderful and great tour guides and answer all your questions at the visitor center which also has an interesting small museum with exhibits and history. We elected not to stay on the property since we couldn't get an air conditioned room and found it just as easy to stay in Cave City nearby and drive the 15 minutes or so to the Visitor Center where all the tours begin. It's pretty dark and slippery down in the caves so I'm glad I wore hiking boots. There are handrails for us elderly folks. But the temperature is delightful in the hot summer months......I didn't need any jacket! And, yes, the scenery is amazing down in the caves.
Written July 21, 2021
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Panagiota Z
Jacksonville, FL21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We did the 4 hour grand avenue tour. Echoing many of the other reviews on here, we went through very quickly and weren't able to take many pictures or even just stop and enjoy the different formations. There were 100+ people on the tour and it was hard to see and hear the guide that was speaking most of the time, and we were only in the cave around 3 hours. There were 3 guides, 1 in front and 2 at the end, and the older lady guide at the end should not have been working with the public. I asked her a question about other tours offered here and she was very annoyed that I spoke to her and only gave a curt response before she went back to her personal conversation with the other guide. All that said, the inside of the cave is quite beautiful and $35 to see this natural beauty for 3 hours is still a bargain and worth seeing if you enjoy caves.
Written May 20, 2022
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