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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.

Nice Quiet place with views all around and several places to sit and ponder.

hiking
23 hours ago

If you're thinking about accessing this trail
do not use the directions the app gives you because it takes you to private property on a road that is impossible to drive on with a small car. In fact, I really don't know how to get to it at all. The other access point we saw on someone's recording was blocked because the road ended in water due to a flooded dam. Not sure if this is planning on being repaired or if its permanently flooded.

Very accessible trail, felt like a light to moderate difficulty. Gravel all through and boardwalks over any difficult terrain, which it seems is to be expected on heavily trafficked national park trails. This time of year the woods are filled with beautiful yellow daffodils. What I liked most about this trail was knowing I was hiking right above a huge cave. There were several entrance points and a sink hole that were very interesting! Also, Sunset Point is just a short aside from the main trail and is a beautiful overlook of the park.

Beautiful area. lots of steps but not really hard, maybe moderate. There is a side trail at the bottom which I highly recommend you take to see the large overhangs.

hiking
7 days ago

Part of a 21 mile loop I hiked starting at First Creek parking lot.
First night: Stayed at First Creek campsite B
Walked to McCoy Hollow Trail
Second Night: Stayed at McCoy Hollow Campsite
Walked to Wet Prong Trail and connected back at the parking lot.

https://faithdeblistered.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/mammoth-cave-first-creek-loop/

Part of a 21 mile loop I hiked starting at First Creek parking lot.
First night: Stayed at First Creek campsite B
Walked to McCoy Hollow Trail
Second Night: Stayed at McCoy Hollow Campsite
Walked to Wet Prong Trail and connected back at the parking lot.

https://faithdeblistered.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/mammoth-cave-first-creek-loop/

hiking
7 days ago

Part of a 21 mile loop I hiked starting at First Creek parking lot.
First night: Stayed at First Creek campsite B
Walked to McCoy Hollow Trail
Second Night: Stayed at McCoy Hollow Campsite
Walked to Wet Prong Trail and connected back at the parking lot.

https://faithdeblistered.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/mammoth-cave-first-creek-loop/

Short and easy loop that passes the original Mammoth Cave entrance, another cave, and the river. Saw some deer along the way!

Great trail with nice views of the green river. Great for elevation gains.

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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Moderate loop trail. Lots of changes in elevation.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Would love to see it in the Spring.

hiking
1 month ago

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