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part ofMammoth Cave National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


At Maple Springs, visitors can enjoy the serenity of the campground and surrounding backcountry trails, or spend their days exploring Mammoth Cave, the world's longest recorded cave system.

A whopping 390 miles of caverns have been recorded, and there's still more to discover. Campers can explore up to ten miles of the caverns through a variety of tours available through the visitor center.

Mammoth Cave is named for its grand size and scale. Visit the Rotunda for an idea of just how large this underground world is. The World Heritage Site was explored by Native Americans more than 2,000 years ago, and Europeans discovered its existence at the turn of the 19th century.

Natural Features:

The campground is part of Mammoth Cave National Park, a 52,800-acre park that includes the Green River Valley, rolling Kentucky hillsides, and the expansive Mammoth Cave with grand-scale chambers and long winding passageways.

The remote campsite is quiet, peaceful and ideal for those who want to be immersed in nature. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, and coyotes.


Avid horseback riders head to Maple Springs to explore the lush backcountry trails. Hikers will also find these trails enjoyable.


Access to the primitive campground is best by ferry. The ferry is six miles from the Mammoth Cave Visitor Center and fits three cars. Ferry rides are free and take only a few minutes. Driving to the campground takes a couple minutes, whereas driving to the site takes a 45 minute loop around. Call (270) 758-2166 for information, ferry schedules and standards for trailers.

Horse ties are behind the campsites. A small amphitheater is on site and a large fire pit is available for groups on a first come, first served basis.

Nearby Attractions:

Take a tour of Mammoth Cave and see landmark cave areas like the Cathedral Domes and Mammoth's famous formation, Frozen Niagara. Or hike above the caverns to explore sinkholes like Cedar Sink.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Drinking Water
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • No firearms, weapons or fireworks
  • Green River Ferry hours are 6 a.m-9:55 p.m.
  • Learn more about White-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that is threatening cave-hibernating bat populations in our national parks.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.20722, -86.13167
37°12'26"N, 86°7'54"W

Take I-65 north, exit 48 (Park City), and turn left. Go south on exit 53 (Cave City) and turn right. Follow signs to visitor services. Turn left on the Green River Ferry Road. Cross the ferry and follow the signs to Maple Springs. For trailers or large vehicles, use alternate directions.

Alternate Directions: Take I-65N take exit 48 (Park City). Turn left on highway 70 to Brownsville. Make a right on highway 259 to highway 728, and then to highway 1827, then to highway 1352 into park. Follow signs to Maple Springs Group Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. BOX 7

Phone Number:

Information:  (270)758-2424
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