Site Homestead, Loop Homestead
Mammoth Cave National Park | Mammoth Cave Backcountry Camping
Type: HIKE TO
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- Condition Rating: Good
- Shade: Yes
- Site Access: Hike In
- Site Rating: Basic
- Check-In: 12:00 PM
- Max Num of People: 8
- Campfire Allowed: Yes
- Check-Out: 11:00 AM
- Hike in Distance: 0
- Capacity/Size Rating: Single
- Min Num of People: 1
- Pets Allowed: Yes
- Water Hookup: No
- Location Rating: Good
- Is Equipment Mandatory: No
Need to Know
From Maple Spring Trailhead: 1.1 miles on buffalo Creek Trail, 0.8 miles on Turnhole Bend Trail, 0.3 miles on campsite spur trail. 2.2 miles
From Maple Spring Trailhead: 3.8 miles on Sal Hollow Trail, 0.6 miles on Turnhole Bend Trail, 0.8 miles on Dry Prong Trail and 0.3 milees on campsite spur trail. 4.9 miles
From Lincoln Trailhead 2.9 miles on Collie Ridge Trail, 2.0 miles on Buffalo Creek Trail, 1.5 miles Dry Prong Trail, 0.3 miles on campsite spur trail. 5.7 miles
From Lincoln Trailhead, 2.0 miles on Collie Ridge Trail, 1.6 miles on Blair Spring Trail, 3.4 miles on Wet Prong Trail, 2.0 miles on Buffalo Creek Trail, 1.5 miles on Dry prong Trail, 0.3 miles on campsite spur. 8.8 miles.
- Be prepared: Take a first aid kit, flashlight, matches, water and appropriate clothing.
- Leave no trace, fires are permitted in designated campsites only. Carry all trash out of the backcountry and properly dispose of it. "Pack it in: Pack it out." Never bury trash.
- Water Source & Treatment: The park recommends carrying one gallon of water per person per day. There are few reliable water sources in the Backcountry. Many streams only flow during wet seasons or after a rain. Treat all water obtained in the backcountry before drinking, either boil it for at least one minute or use a high-quality water filter.
- There are two venomous species of snakes in the park, western diamond back rattlesnake and the copperhead. Use caution on trails and at night. Killing snakes is prohibited.
- Call 911 to report all accidents or emergencies.