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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 easy trail.

walking
11 days ago

Great trail for kids, the elderly and for handicapped people.

trails are really tore up

great views and so quite please, I love it, I will come back again for sure...!

this is the easy end of a moderate trail. I did the whole this with me, my dog and boyfriend. It was flat for the most part, very well marked and east to naviagte. Wasnt very busy saw only a few people. Be careful there are bikers on the trail. BEWARE! of many horse flies, i got bit twice by them. But over all the trail is awesome.

I'm a dog lover. Every time I take my dogs out for a walk, I see signs telling me to clean up after my dog. Whenever I go out for a hike or backpacking, I see signs that say leave no trace. Why is it when horses and riders use a hiking trail they have the privilege of leaving their droppings throughout the trail. The horses walk through a muddy area and obliterate the trail. This was a beautiful walk. The weather was great. Beautiful little falls about 1.5 miles in. It rained earlier in the day, but I spent more time stepping over piles over horse manure than dodging mud puddles.

This is a very short and easy trail. The map above shows a loop but this trail is an out and back. It follows the river and is somewhat scenic but not much.

hiking
22 days ago

We accessed this one from the Echo River Trail. It's easy and well maintained.

We accessed this one from the Echo River trail. It's a connector trail and it's easy just like all the rest.

hiking
22 days ago

I really don't know how to rate the hike. I wasn't impressed with the view. It's basically downhill going and uphill coming back. However, it's not too difficult. My son and I went counter clockwise at the loop and we had to climb the metal steps so if you don't like climbing a few steps at one time, do the loop clockwise and you should do better.

There were lots of muddy spots to traverse. We were hoping for a trail that looped. Sadly, this was not one of them.

hiking
28 days ago

Very scenic, well marked and maintained. Not too strenuous. Challenging, but not intimidating. Did the Violet City Cave tour in the afternoon!!! Great Day!

hiking
1 month ago

I decided to go for a hike at the hottest part of the day (noon and 92 F). The trees provided great coverage and the temperatures was actually pretty moderate. I also only encountered maybe a handful of fellow hikers, despite how crowded the parking lot was. I can probably assume that people were doing the cave tours and did not want to be outdoors like me. The trails are well maintained and it would make a great running trail!

This whole area is absolutely beautiful!

Very pretty! Easy hike, very peaceful. Only encountered a couple other people the day I went.

pretty trail, very maintained, very easy.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was in good condition. Several benches along the way if you need to rest, as well as overlooks with nicely constructed decks and walkways.

Trail in very good condition, trees provide ample shad and some nice views of the green river. Elevation changes pretty easy to manage.

Very unique trail!

There are many sections that are truly beautiful and tranquil, deer grazing right up next to the trails and many more spotted through the trees. Lots a nice wildlife spotted on the way to the Sal Hollow campsite and many more on the way back. There are down sides however, the horses have completed destroyed the trail in many sections. At least a solid mile of it is utterly unusable unless you were walking on the sloped sides of the trail due to the horses and mud buildup. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you, and if camping overnight be prepared for the wildlife. The campsite sits about a 1/4 mile away from the creek bed and there were many many coyotes howling nearby and some other unidentified very large animal grunting not too far away.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail to hike, interesting geology. Very pretty.

nature trips
3 months ago

Great variety of wildflowers

Can be done in a day if starting early. This is a relatively flat trail that you can easily crank out high mileage. Horses have really hurt the trail, and views are limited but better in the winter.

Just meh.

The overlook at the river is beautiful, The rest of the trail is dull and you never get out of earshot of the road noise. It says this is a good spot to see eagles, no luck for us today though.

very pretty trail

super easy trail to hike

hiking
7 months ago

Not as scenic at the beginning as it is at the end.

on Cedar Sink Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Different trail then the others. Very pretty in the fall & some interesting sites along this hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Very pretty hike. There are other trails at end of this one if you wish to continue on. I recommend you do!

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