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MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK TOURS, KY

part ofMammoth Cave National Park, National Park Service

Notice:

When tours are sold out, there is always a possibility that a tour will be available as walk-up. Please call the park at 270-758-2180 for information on availability.

To help protect our valuable and fragile resource, effective July 1, 2013, backpacks and knapsacks will no longer be allowed on cave tours.


Overview:

Explore up to ten miles of the incredible Mammoth Cave, the world's longest cave system and a World Heritage Site. It boasts 390 miles of explored caves and more that's yet to be mapped.

Walking tours of the caverns leave from the visitor center daily. Tours last anywhere from one to six hours and range from well-lit walkways to rugged, pitch dark paths that require a paraffin lamp.

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hill country of south central Kentucky. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned it the name Mammoth.

Visitors have toured the cave's wonders since 1816. Today, the Mammoth Cave Visitor Center offers an array of tours, allowing for new and unique repeat visits. Tours range from easy to difficult, and visitors are encouraged to consider their fitness leves before selecting a tour.

Each tour is fascinating in its own way and and shows off the various sections of the caverns. Tour highlights include the Rainbow Dome, the Snowball Room, Crystal Lake and the Bottomless Pit. Click here for detailed descriptions of each cave tour.

Know Before You Go:

  • No flash photography on the cave tours.
  • All visitors are required to walk on bio-security mats at conclusion of tour; this measure is to protect the spread of a fungal disease affecting bats
  • No weapons or firearms are permitted
  • Evacuation from the cave to a hospital for medical attention could take several hours; visitors with known heart or respiratory problems, poor circulation, or difficulty walking and climbing stairs, should carefully consider their limitations
  • No strollers or infant backpack carriers are allowed
  • Tours run every day except Christmas Day; for more info contact the Mamoth Cave Visitor's Center at 270-758-2180.
  • During the months of March, April and May we experience heavy visitation from schools; there may be large groups of students on tours.
  • 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:

Take I-65 North, exit 48 (Park City), turn left; I-65 South exit 53 (Cave City), turn right. Follow signs to visitor center.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O Box 7
Mammoth Cave  KY  42259

Phone Number:

Information:  (270)758-2180
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