Explore the most popular birding trails in Mammoth Cave National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
2 days 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!

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!!!

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.

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!!

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.

Nice easy trail.

walking
3 months ago

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

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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!

pretty trail, very maintained, very easy.

hiking
5 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
6 months ago

Easy trail to hike, interesting geology. Very pretty.

nature trips
6 months ago

Great variety of wildflowers

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

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