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Best Trails in Mammoth Cave National Park

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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.

on Mammoth Dome Sink Trail
7 days ago

Nice stroll with decent views. Kids can easily walk this.

on Sand Cave Trail
9 days ago

hiking

easy boardwalk all the way,short and relaxing

on Mammoth Cave Park Long Lo...
14 days ago

This trail looks like it is never used. Couldn't walk two steps without getting cobweb into our faces. Had to dodge spiders too. Trail is too narrow in some areas. We didn't feel comfortable hiking it since we saw 2 snakes right on the trail - one was very little and looked like a garden snake. Another was huge timber rattlesnake. Narrow trail makes it impossible to see if there are any snakes on the trail. Had to move very slowly.

on Echo River Spring Trail
17 days ago

hiking

Beautiful trail with river access. Not too many people when I was on this trail. Pretty area to visit.

on Mammoth Cave National Par...
17 days ago

scenic driving

Very scenic drive through the park. Did this several years back. Beautiful area!

on Mammoth Cave National Par...
17 days ago

scenic driving

Mammoth Cave is a great place. I'll be back.

on Mammoth Dome Sink Trail
17 days ago

hiking

An easy trail, it was raining out on a summer day, made it very nice

on Mammoth Cave Park Long Lo...
28 days ago

Trail seemed like it was going to be nice but we didn't make it to far after getting tons of seed ticks on our legs. We saw reviews of the same thing happening to other people. I suggest going prepared!

on Echo River Spring Trail
1 month ago

the trail was very well maintained absolutely beautiful

on River Styx Spring Trail
1 month ago

the trails were well identified the scenery was absolutely spectacular

on Cedar Sink Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Quick and easy, nicely marked trail.

on Green River Bluffs Trail
1 month ago

it was a great day hike for the family.

on Green River Bluffs Trail
1 month ago

hiking

We did this trail as a family and had a lot of fun. Takes you down hill to the Green river from near the visitors center. We enjoyed the river and two springs down at the bottom. We made this a loop by coming back on the sink hole dome trail. In total it was about 4 miles. It was interesting to see the sink hole because the next day we took the historic cave tour and came up directly underneath that spot.

on Dixon Cave Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Not much to see at the cave entrance. I went by in a loop to Dixon Cave, Green River, and then back on River Styx which worked out great.

on River Styx Spring Trail
2 months ago

hiking

This is a lovely area where you can even put up a hammock right up the hill from the cave entrance. You can feel the breeze and listen to the water fall. Lovely!

on Cedar Sink Trail
2 months ago

hiking

This was a fairly easy hike until the stairs. The sink area is interesting, but if you don't have a lot of time, I recommend sticking to the hikes in Mammoth Cave near the visitor's center. I enjoyed them a lot more.

on Green River Bluffs Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Very pretty and pretty easy.

on McCoy Hollow Trail
2 months ago

backpacking

Horrible trail!!! Made impassible by horse traffic, mud everywhere even though it had not rained in a very long time. We had one hiker sink into the mud up to his waist! If you aren't a horseback rider avoid this trail at all costs.

on Wet Prong - McCoy Hollow ...
2 months ago

backpacking

Horrible trail!!! Made impassible by horse traffic, mud everywhere even though it had not rained in a very long time. We had one hiker sink into the mud up to his waist! If you aren't a horseback rider avoid this trail at all costs.