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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.

well marked trails. gorgeous views. highly recommended

Short trail, beautiful views. Maybe too short for a "hike," but nice for a picnic or a romantic conversation.

The trail was fairly easy; but has amazing views! I highly recommend it. Many areas to stop for a rest or just to take in the amazing energy there.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok trail. Easy to follow. It does have stairs but they are metal and sturdy.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful walk in the fall woods.

2 months ago

Its a good day hike. Trail is well marked and maintained but not a lot of great views. Cozy little campsite at the next to the river. Didn't see any wildlife when I went.

walking
3 months ago

❤️ national parks

Easy walk from the area around MCNP

Who doesn’t love MCNP?!? Just go, enjoy, take the kids! Depending on your tour as to the length you’ll be in the cave. Do them all it’s worth it! Just remember to buy your tickets way in advance of your planned visit to ensure you’ll have a spot you want!

walking
3 months ago

Come on now! If you don’t know the significance of this place gtfoh!!! If you’re into spelunking of course it is your Mecca! Pretty easy jaunt! Keep kids and pets in check though since it’s kind of a scared spot for some of us!

nature trips
3 months ago

Such an interesting place! If your at MCNP why not! You know it’s the only naturally occurring pond in the region of the cave!!!

Trail has been chewed up by horses in some areas and several spider webs (in late summer) indicate how little this trail is used. Good for an overnighter.

Not very challenging in terms of elevation but distance is a consideration. Well marked trail and good opportunity to see a lot of backcountry. We went in mid October and only saw two other people and there were no bugs at all.

The whole thing took us about 4.75hrs with a 30min break for lunch. Horses are not permitted on the two loops but mountain bikes are.

Park at Maple Springs Trailhead parking lot and catch the connecting trail from there.

Pretty trail! Be aware of some mosquitos near the water, but nothing some bug spray can't fix.

Did this trail the day after it rained and it rained while we were on it. extremely muddy with large sections tore up by horses. With only a few short steep inclines I didn't find the trail practically challenging. Some parts aren't well marked and are hard to distinguish had to double back a couple of times. There are some large rock formations that make for good photo ops but for the most part the scenery is sub par.

Awesome trail. Very beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife. An outstanding 1 hour hike

nice beginner trail. easy up and down. overlook at top was nice.

Loved this hike! We cobbled together the Sunset Point, River Styx Spring, and Green River Bluff trails to create a good loop. This trail has some good inclines and great overlooks of Sunset Point, the River Styx Spring, and the Green River. Also took a short detour to Dixon Cave. Saw a few deer as well.

nice trail with beautiful views. Close to the visitor center

Fun trail. Offers different options of you want to take shortcuts. Very wooded hike (wear your bug spray). Fun addition to a Mammoth Cave tour.

We enjoyed this hike with our 10 and 8 year old plus pup. Had some pretty views in the .5 loop and we walked down the the sink hole ground at one point. We wore bug spray and were fine. Took about 1 hour to hike but nice family morning hike!!

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing park! Well kept trails, family friendly. I must see place :)

on Collie Ridge Loop

backpacking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail for an overnight camping trip with co-workers from work. Trail is well maintained, with road and gravel sections. Camp ground was very nice and the hike was ok. Once we got set up in camp we spent the afternoon exploring the area and nearby creek. Lots of horse traffic on the trail - causing a few muddy patches but most of the horse riders were considerate to us as we always stepped off the trail for the approaching horses. The campground has horse tie outs, one tent pad and an installed fire ring. There was plenty of nearby downed wood for the night's fire and the nearby creek had good filtered water. All in all it was an enjoyable weekend but there are better trails with better scenery nearby.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike.

Trail Is closed

My wife and I completed this trail in under 4.5 hours with a brief stop for a snack halfway through. The trail was very well-maintained and clearly marked. Apparently, this is a popular mountain biking trail, which is something to be aware of. We encountered four different riders, two of which gave warning so that we could get out of the way, but one came around a corner and seemed just as surprised to see us as we were him. No big deal, just be aware. There is tree coverage for probably 98% of the trail, so it felt about 10 degrees cooler on the trail than when we got back to the trailhead to leave. There were plenty of bugs(mostly gnats), but we barely noticed while we were walking. Saw a deer, a snake, and plenty of frogs. There are two reasons I gave the trail a 4/5. First, the trail offers plenty of visuals of woods and hills, but little else. Also, parts of the trail put you very near the main road, which can be noisy and ruins the illusion that you're out in the middle of nowhere. With little change in elevation, the distance is the only challenging part of the hike, but that is depending on your level of fitness. Overall, it was a good trail for a morning or afternoon hike. I would definitely recommend it.

This is my favorite trail at Mammoth Cave National Park. I love that it's stroller and wheelchair accessible. When I have to bring the little kids with me, I can bring the stroller in case someone gives up walking. Close to civilization, yet feels like you are deep in the woods.

Nice easy trail.

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