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Mammoth Cave National Park is a U.S. National Park in central Kentucky, encompassing portions of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world. The park was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. It became a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981, and an international Biosphere Reserve on September 26, 1990. The park's 52,835 acres (21,382 ha) are located primarily in Edmonson County, Kentucky, with small areas extending eastward into Hart County and Barren County. It is centered around the Green River, with a tributary, the Nolin River, feeding into the Green just inside the park. With a confirmed 365 miles of passageways it is by far the world's longest known cave system, being well over twice as long as the second longest cave system, which is South Dakota's Jewel Cave with 145 miles of passageways. Cave animals include five bat species, the Kentucky cave shrimp, cave fish, and cave salamanders. Above ground there are rivers, hiking trails, sinkholes, and springs.

Great Trail! Hiked it in January and there were many great views I couldn't have seen if there had been leaves on the trees. Make sure you look at Dixon Cave when you're hiking it! Later in the trail, you'll see more and more of the river. Would heartily recommend to anyone in the park!

hiking
2 days ago

Connected this w the Wet Prong trail and made a burly day hike out of it. 2-16-12

Made fer a decent switchback at times and acted as a great connecting trail..

hiking
8 days ago

Moderate loop trail. Lots of changes in elevation.

hiking
8 days ago

WE were there when it was raining. The trail was covered with fallen leaves and very muddy. Beautiful trail, but kind of repetitive after a mile, the view doesn't change.

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15 days ago

Beautiful. Would love to see it in the Spring.

Clean area, nice trail, great view. Close to parking lot near the ferry. Really easy trail.

This trail will kick your ass, but you can usually find a gem located in these tough trails.

It was a very short trail but nice, it took about 10 minutes to walk around and when I got back my car had been broken into. Turns out alot of people have had the same fate. So just becareful.

There is more to Mammoth Cave than the cave itself! This hike is a beautiful walk in the forest - I've done it many times.

2 months ago

Not much to see besides trees which it's fall so that's pretty, but watch out for horse manure

This trail is an easy hike and pretty in the fall. As a hiker I avoid most of the trails on the west side of the park during Spring and Summer, because of heavy horse traffic making the trails mud holes. This trail, however, is wide (it doubles as a service road) and so it's not as beaten by horses.

Combine it with the River Styx Spring Trail to create a relatively easy loop from the Mammoth Cave NP Visitor Center. You can follow the trail all the way out along the river and return by way of the picnic area and cottages, or cut it short by returning past the Dixon Cave entrance.

We enjoyed taking this trail back up to the Heritage Trail and the Mammoth Cave NP Visitor Center from the Green River and the southern section of the trail system. It passed right by the Mammoth Dome Sink...interesting to think what is directly below.

A pretty mostly wooded trail by the Green River that takes you out to the southern end of the Mammoth Cave NP Visitor Center trail system.