Mammoth Cave National Park ToursA kids-only off-trail adventure for children ages 8-12! Hike through the forest to the Historic Entrance and find out how the surface and subsurface are connected. Put on your hard hat and headlamp as you learn how early visitors ventured through the cave, and how cavers safely explore today. Unlock secrets of how cave life survives in the deep darkness. Discover a new world as you hike, crawl and belly-slide through rarely visited cave passages.
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All tours begin at the Visitor Center. Tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to tour time. No refunds for no shows or late arrivals.
Parents, guardians and/or chaperones must attend the first 30 minutes of the tour to assist children with “suiting up.” Adults need to be at the Historic Entrance 30 minutes prior to tour conclusion to assist with gear and prompt pick up of children. Due to the amount of time required to assist at the beginning and end of the tour, adults do not have time to take a concurrent guided cave tour. Coveralls, kneepads, hard hats, and headlamps will be provided. Sturdy, athletic style, closed toe shoes required. Shorts and T-shirts are recommended for wear under coveralls. Requires at least 2 participants.
Includes a steep outdoor hillside trail to and from the cave’s Historic Entrance. This tour is not recommended for children with asthma or severe allergies to dust and mold. If you are claustrophobic, this tour may not be the best choice for you. Please read tour descriptions carefully when making your selection.
CHILDREN MUST BE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 8-12 TO PARTICIPATE ON THIS TOUR.
Interagency Access ticket pricing applies to Interagency Access Pass holders only.
Interagency Annual Pass is NOT accepted.
Mammoth Cave National Park is located in the central time zone and observes daylight savings time.
Note: Do not rely exclusively on your mobile GPS, Google Maps or similar automated navigation systems to get to the park Visitor Center in time for your cave tour. Routes can be misleading and incorrect.
Directions from the North: Take Interstate 65 to Exit 53 (Cave City Exit). Turn right onto KY-70. Follow 70/255 as it becomes the Mammoth Cave Parkway in the park. Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center.
Directions from the South: Take Interstate 65 to Exit 48 (Park City Exit). Turn left onto KY-255 and follow 255 as it becomes the Park City Road into the park. Follow Park City Road until it joins the Mammoth Cave Parkway; turn left. Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center.
Mammoth Cave may not offer the Trog Tour year-round. Please check the current program schedule.