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Mammoth Cave National Park

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A mysterious limestone cave that has fascinated people for 4,000 years.
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1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY 42259
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My teenage daughter and I did the Domes and Dripstones tour. The cave, itself, is AMAZING and I just really can't fathom how big this cave system is. On the tour we took there were just under 300 steps down and through some crazy dripstone...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Rick M
Reviewed 4 days ago

My mom and I went on the Frozen Niagara tour. My mom is 73 years old and almost fell twice due to bad lighting. I can understand wanting to keep a "gloomy" ambiance, but it shouldn't come at the cost of safety. At least they...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Paige P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Frozen Niagara tour. It was pricey and very short. It just does not compare to all of the other cave / caverns tours we've been on. Nothing bad to say about the guides. They were great and did the best they could...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BaltimoreRedbird
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very disappointed in the way this park is operated compared to others. This was our 8th National Park this month (We were on a roadtrip) and this one was definitely the most disappointing. The website is VERY confusing to figure out, I could never find...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ReviewingAshley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in July, so it was super hot outside, which led to spending a lot of time in the visitor's center watching the videos, looking at the displays, & learning about the cave system, prior to our tour. We enjoyed the visitor's center &...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank jenksoccer21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most inspiring places I've been to. It's not your stereotypical show cave, but if you take your time, plan ahead and just enjoy the day it's amazing. Also, even if it's raining, take a walk down to the historic entrance, the influx...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank eguercio
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lit with red lights - so your eyes may dark adapt - also adds to the ambiance. Mammoth is a wet cave. Drips and shiny walls. Stairs and walkways. Very interesting. Never felt that claustrophobic. Caves are all in the mid-50s F year round. Within...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Dennis595
Reviewed December 12, 2018

This place is a "Must See". It is the longest cave system in the world. Depending on the time of year for your visit, it is advisable to call ahead to book reservations. We arrived just in time for the 10AM ranger-led tour. We walked...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank SaskatoonHappy
Reviewed December 9, 2018

I was a bit worried before entering the cave, after the security speech of our guide, but it was not worrying. Some rooms are huge, you'll feel very small, and some path are tighter and you may touch the ceiling. It is a great experience,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank charlotte-vanacker
Reviewed December 8, 2018

We took the historic cave tour to learn more about the cave's history. You enter through the historic cave entrance and walk about 2 miles on this tour. It is listed as moderate, which is probably about right since you have to climb a lot...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 14, 2019|
Response from OnwardTraveller | Reviewed this property |
I’m sure you could get a cab but as not everyone has transport I get there must be tour services. Driving in the USA is fine. As a European I have driven over 100,000 miles there quite happily.
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November 23, 2018|
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Take some bug spray or wipes. Always good to have it handy.
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What is exactly being shut down in GSMNP (4 Replies)
Hi all travel friends, I have a booked trip near the weekend of Oct 19th to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Mammoth Cave National Park. Due to the government shut down, I am evaluating whether I shall re-schedule my trip. I heard the news that the Route 441 is still open in the Great Smoky. Do I get a chance to hike to the Rainbow Falls and the Mingo Falls, assuming I "park" the car next to the Route 441? If durable, how many miles I am expect to hike? Thanks!
October 03, 2013|
Response fromdawgcentral|
The trail heads and parking areas are blocked off along Newfound Gap Rd. Rainbow Falls is accessed from the Greenbriar area of the park, but is closed as of right now. Mingo Falls is outside of the National Park. I believe it's accessed by the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is open. However, I'm hearing that while you can drive the parkway, all the visitor's centers and facilities are closed. Not sure if you can park or even get out of your vehicle. The sight i normally use to access this...More
Seeking advice for summer Kentucky trip (6 Replies)
Hi. We are considering a trip this summer to Kentucky and seek some advice. We are a family of three; our daughter will be 9-years old when we travel this summer. We are nature lovers and would want to include time to visit both Mammoth Cave National Park and Cumberland Falls State Park during our trip to Kentucky. We would be driving to Kentucky from the Charlotte, NC, area. While in the Mammoth Cave area, we are considering Cave City, Glasgow or Park City as our base. Any suggestions...More
February 29, 2012|
Response fromFrankstone|
You might want to consider staying at Barren River State Park lodge, south of Glasgow, when you are visiting Mammoth Cave. It is nicer than Mammoth Cave Hotel, and only about half an hour from the national park. There are several motels along I-65 in Cave City and Horse Cave, if you want to stay in a more commercialized area. You are right that the drive to Cumberland Falls is about two and a half hours from Mammoth Cave. It is an easy drive on the Nunn Cumberland Parkway. Again, you have...More
Nashville as a hub? (9 Replies)
My husband and I will be travelling through the US this summer. We will be arriving in Nashville by bus via Knoxville. My husband really wants to see Mammoth Cave National Park. We would like to use Nashville as a hub for seeing the area. I’ve estimated the National Park to be about 2hrs by car away from Nashville. We will have to rent a car and I’m wondering what the best scenario would be for accommodations with easy car rental and good access to the highway to the park. Would I need a car...More
June 03, 2012|
Response fromdreamernic|
Thank you for your response. To clarify, I was wondering if I would be better off staying out by the airport with a car rental, or staying in town with a car rental (is parking expensive?) or staying in town without a car and just renting to go to Mammoth Caves National Park? Thanks for the link, I discovered there is a bus that runs to airport!