Cub Run Cave
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Cub Run Cave, located in scenic Hart County Kentucky, was first discovered in 1950. It was then briefly shown to the public before being closed for the next 55 years. The cave reopened to the public in July of 2006.
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Cappadoc
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This is a hidden jewel. Very comfortable walk. The most interesting sights in the area. I've been to Mammoth Cave twice, Meremec Caverns, Ruby Falls and Diamond Caverns. This place beats them all. Single best cave tour I've been on.
Written February 27, 2012
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David C
Jeffersontown, KY12 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Very small mom and pop business. While it was difficult to reach them by phone, a little confusing, and even seemed sketchy at first...it was well worth the trip. The tour guide is a local lady with tons of great history about the cave and its creatures. She was very friendly and polite. Be prepared to be amazed at some beautiful sites inside the cave and at the end, the darkest experience you will ever encounter (lights out in the cave)! FYI, while tours are being taken the guide closes the officer and is unavailable by phone. Make contact with her a day or two in advance and be sure you understand where you are going. Also you will be driving yourself to and from the cave entrance for the tour.
Written July 17, 2015
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msrr
Nashville, TN8 contributions
Feb 2011
Cub Run Cave is the most amazing cave tour & formations that I have visited in the Eastern US. Definitely worth the drive & time. The tour guide was very friendly & informative. Very easy access & walk through the cave. Very little elevation change. I recall one set of a few steps.
Written December 15, 2011
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ColumbusAnoymous
columbus70 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Give this is a locally owned business with good reviews I thought we would visit this cave. I checked their website and called and the recorded message said they were open, the tour times and that they take bookings only for groups of 10+. Having read the reviews I kind of expected that no one might be there until your time, but still no one came. Being a Saturday it would seem the most likely day they would actually be open. On the upside it was a nice drive, but I would not bother going unless you talk to someone.
Written August 19, 2017
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Gary R
Salem, OR3 contributions
Aug 2017
We tried to visit this cave but they were closed. We tried calling the two numbers listed on their web site, but there was no answer. So be aware before you go out there, for it is a little out of the way.
Written August 16, 2017
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mjrarts
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY125 contributions
Nov 2011 • Solo
If you enjoy caves this is a must see. Very easy to navigate and you can bring your camera. We do a tourism rental in the area and guests have been writing in our journal about what a great experience they had there. Now we finally went through it and both of us were amazed at the formations. This really is an undiscovered jewel.
Written November 4, 2011
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AnnSG
Columbus, OH67 contributions
Oct 2011 • Friends
We visited Cub Run Cave as part of our mother/daughter weekend and it was great. Many more formations than we were able to see in Mammoth Cave. If you really want to see cave formations and are in the area it's more than worth the drive. Call ahead to be sure you are there at the right time as cave tours are offered every hour and a half. It is very accessible for those who can't do a lot of stairs. Linda, our tour guide was informative and entertaining.
Written October 27, 2011
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Susan S
2 contributions
Aug 2013
I can't say enough about how amazing this cave is. My 9 and 12 year olds are still looking through their pictures and we are looking forward to going back during "bat season." The cave was stunning and there was something new to see at every step. Linda took time to answer every question, point out little details and never rushed us, allowing us all the time we wanted to take pictures and ooh-and-aah over the sights.

Our appreciation to Linda for taking so much time with our family. It's obvious that her heart is in that cave and that she loves sharing it with people. I can't think of a better way to teach the kids about how fascinating and fragile our beautiful plant is.
Written August 3, 2013
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ScarletAndGrey
Ohio267 contributions
Oct 2012 • Family
We planned a family trip to Mammoth Cave in October. As luck would have it, we found ourselves arriving a day earlier than expected, so needed to find something to do. We decided to visit Cub Run Cave and boy were we in for a surprise! After finding the store & what used to be a restaraunt (it closed down over the summer), we were promptly welcomed by Linda and an elderly lady. That sweet lady turned out to be Mrs. Kenneth Childress, the wife of the discoveror of the cave in 1950. Mr. & Mrs. Childress were visiting from Louisville that day and we were the fortunate recipients of a first hand account of how he discovered the cave so many years ago. Our 10yo son was in awe of such an "adventurer". The entrance to the cave is about 1/2 mile down a private lane, so you must follow the guide to the entrance by car. It felt like we were retracing the steps of Mr. Childress as we entered the cave just below the tree where he discovered the cool breeze. We received a wonderful tour full of history and interesting information. The cave is a "wet cave" and hosts fantastic display of formations. The entire tour is family friendly and very easy to navigate thanks to the new wooden walkways. It is very accomodating to strollers or those who cannot navigate stairs or steep inclines. There are only 4~5 steps total. It's located about 40 min from Mammoth. The drive provides little to no opportunities to find a suitable restaraunt, so make sure to eat before you leave or pack a picnic. Mammoth has a lot to offer, but this unexpected journey to Cub Run was the highlight of our family weekend.
Written November 1, 2012
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AlohaMelika
Duncan1 contribution
Apr 2012 • Family
A couple of weeks ago we spent the week in Cave City, KY and went to: Diamond Caverns, 2 Mammoth Cave tours, Kentucky Caverns (at Kentucky Down Under>awesome place to pet a kangaroo!), and Hidden River Cave. Next we were going to go to Lost River Cave but our guide at Hidden River suggested we go to Cub Run Cave. After 5 cave tours in 4 days, I had sore knees and feet, so it was nice to go to a cave where you did not have all the tons of steps up and down and slopes to walk on. Anyone can do the Cub Run Cave tour because it has a nice walkway, and hardly any steps. It is very well lit, which is nice and allows you to see and appreciate more of the cave's beauty. Please help to promote visitors to this cave if you go because it is well worth it.
Written April 12, 2012
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