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“Looking forward to the Renovations”

Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Take an in-depth look at the fascinating world of caves as you journey through gigantic subterranean chambers made out of limestone.After you explore the underground, try out the aerial view from our new zip-line and rappel! Don't forget our 2 level museum featuring caves.
Reviewed July 31, 2017

The dome is a great cave, huge and cool. Our tour guide was a nice guy but a bit flaky. He did not know how to tell a story. Regardless the cave has an interesting history and a promising future. There are two more dome like rooms down there which will soon be attached by a staircase. We are very likely to come back.

Thank BogDogs
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Reviewed July 31, 2017

We had a blast! My family of 6 and son's girlfriend (2 parents, 2 teenagers, 3 college age) stayed at Singing Hills Campground one exit south of the Hidden River Cave. We planned on hiking at Mammoth Cave and were looking for some activities to highlight our trip. We made a fantastic choice by getting a package for zipline, rappelling, and a 3 hour tour (they offer a 1-hour too but recommend longer if you can handle slippery and sometimes tight cave trails!). They are a non-profit making a huge difference to the area and the cave system. Call them direct, they will honor the Groupon price and the money goes to them. Not sure if most people do this, but don't forget to tip the guides! Ours guides Hannah and Zach did an outstanding job. They know so much for being college age and they walked through anyone in our party through nervous parts. Only our 23 year old daughter skipped rappelling, everyone did everything else. The office staff is friendly and love dogs too. So if you are like us, we brought our 45lb goldendoodle and she stayed with the staff while we did the zipline and rappelling. (We did the 3 hour tour the prior day without our dog...we should have brought her.). TIP: If you do 3 hour cave tour, wear shoes with good tread, clothing you are ok with getting completely muddy, lightweight long sleeve shirt, and lightweight pants (our girls wore leggings and boys wore thin docker-type pants. Bring an extra change of clothes for afterward (including socks and maybe even underwear!).

2  Thank edytrips
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Reviewed July 27, 2017

The town of Horse Cave has a cave UNDER THEIR TOWN! Right off Main St. is a giant karst window that leads to a 10 mile cave! The folks at Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum are a hidden gem. This property is sponsored by the American Cave Conservation Association, and these are people who know what caves are about. The museum is really neat - we didn't have enough time there, but the exhibits we saw were cool and interactive, great for the whole family. A few of us did the zipline, which was okay...the thrill for someone who has ziplined a lot was doing it over a grotto. One of the kids rappelled from Main St. down to the cave entrance, which looked very cool. The cave itself was exciting because of our guide, Gary who clearly knew a lot of stuff about caves and this cave in particular. This is not a cave with lots of crazy formations, but it does have a unique history, and some huge rooms. The standard tour is also not a long tour, because much of the cave was not developed until the last 20 years. Given more time and appropriate attire, we would have gone for the Wild Cave tour. However, Gary did a lot to help us experience the cave that you will NEVER experience as part of a 50 person tour group at Mammoth. Just a very cool, charming, low key operation. If you love caves, this is the place to go. If you are not set on Mammoth, consider this as a more casual option that probably won't sell out the way the more famous National Park tours do. Go see it!

Thank Jashoe17
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Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Actually been to cave city area many times and always preferred if your doing caves you only do mammoth cave NP . Now this trip we tried something different and was nicely surprise @hidden River. Tour guides made it very enjoyable and came away with more knowledge then I entered. Fun and less crowded so we found a new place for the kids.

Thank Terrance N
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Reviewed July 17, 2017

This is an amazing hidden gem! Awesome cave. Great history tour. A good workout too, lots of stairs to get in and out! I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would recommend it to anyone traveling in the area. The sink hole in which the cave entrance sits is quite beautiful too. It was fascinating to hear there used to be tennis courts in that sink hole to take advantage of the air conditioning provided by the cave. Go see it!

Thank Sherry M
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