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Cave Tour
2 hr. 00 min.


Some of this area is also visited on the Star Chamber and the Violet City Lantern Tour. This area is seen in its entirety on the River Styx Tour.

Ticket ages: Youth - ages 6 - 12 (children 5 & under are free and do not require a ticket), Adult - ages 13 & over, Interagency Senior - 62 & over, Interagency Access - no age requirement. Interagency Annual Pass is NOT accepted for cave tours.

Any youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older, on all tours.

Will Call pickup: 30 minutes prior to tour time.

Visitors with known heart or respiratory problems, poor circulation or difficulty walking long distances and negotiating stairs, should carefully consider thier limitations. Evacuation from the cave to a hospital for medical attention could take several hours.

If you have a fear of heights or suffer from claustrophobia, this tour is not the best choice for you. Please read tour descriptions carefully when making your selection.

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Tour Description

Entering the cave through the Historic Entrance you will feel the excitement that intrigued the earliest explorers and visitors. Discover the historic role Mammoth Cave played during the War of 1812.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 2 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Number of Steps: 440
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

Know Before You Go

Tour Park Facility Operational Hours: Tours run every day except Christmas Day. Visitor Center closes early on Christmas Eve. Visitor Center hours vary with season. If you fear heights or close places and/or cannot climb steps this tour is not reccomended. This tour has an elevation change of 300 feet and will involve a total of 440 steps.




No restrooms available.


All tours begin at visitor center.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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