Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Mammoth Cave National Park
Q: Where is Mammoth Cave National Park located?
A:Mammoth Cave is located in central Kentucky, in the southeastern United States.
Q:What is Mammoth Cave National Park?
A:Mammoth Cave National Park was established as such in July 1941. The park encompasses portions of Mammoth Cave, the most extensive cave system known in the world. The official name of the system is the Mammoth Cave System. This scenic park is visited as much for the interesting cave tours as for the nature surrounding the cave.
Q:Are there age and size limits to tour the caves?
A:Some tours have limits on the age and size of participants. These restrictions have been established for your safety and to ensure a quality interpretive experience. The limits are, therefore, strictly enforced. In some cases, proof of age may be required before a person will be permitted to purchase a ticket.
Q:What are the prices of cave tours?
A:Cave tours range from $5.00 to $55.00 (U.S. Dollars).
Q:What else can we do besides taking a cave tour?
A:Visitors to the park hike and ride horses on the more than 70 miles of surface trails, fish and canoe in the Green River, picnic and enjoy many other outdoor activities.
Q:What kind of lodging is there near Mammoth Cave National Park?
A:The Best Western Kentucky Inn is a wonderful lodging option when you visit Mammoth Cave. It is close to the park entrance and only a mile from Cave City, with all the amenities that it brings.
Q:What is the recommended stay duration?
A:Minimalist (2 Days)
Driving/Sightseeing: ½ day
Hiking/Exploring: ½ day
Activities/Tours/Special Programs: 1 day
Adventurist (3 Days)
Driving/Sightseeing: ½ day
Hiking/Exploring: ½ day – 1 day
Activities/Tours/Special Programs: 1 – 2 days
Notes: A visit to Mammoth Cave offers two unique worlds to explore, the one above the surface and the one below the surface. Above the surface Mammoth Cave National Park provides nearly sixty miles of trails open to horseback riding, as well as many miles of trails that are open to mountain biking and hiking. Both the Green and Nolin Rivers flow through the park and provide ample opportunities for fishing, floating, camping, swimming and more! Canoe and Kayak outfitters are located near the park to help get you set up with everything you need for a fun day on the river. Of course the real draw of Mammoth Cave National Park is the corridors and passages of the cave. There are more than 365 miles of mapped passageways inside Mammoth Cave and more being discovered every day. With nearly a dozen different tours available each featuring different, unique areas of the cave, you are certainly going to want to set aside a day or two to experience all of Mammoths subterranean majesty.