Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

very pretty trail

hiking
7 months ago

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

My husband and I took our pit bull and Bassett with us on this trip. It was a good hike, especially for dogs!

Great for anyone

Easygoing

Great easy hike

hiking
8 months ago

Wasn't too difficult and had a beautiful overlook on the trail.

Great easy trail for the kids

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this trail late May and it was absolutely beautiful! It was very well kept and was marked well. The loop has many places where you can cut the hike short and head to the visitor center. We did a 4.25 mile hike in the morning and caught a cave tour in the afternoon.

9 months ago

Wet. Muddy. Easy trail. Be ready to stop for horses.

9 months ago

Short. Easy. Interesting read.

short but enjoyed relaxing around pond

The McCoy part is really tight and over grown. And the horses have really done a number in places.

I started at the trailhead near the picnic area and looped into the River Styx Trail. I was planning on looping into the Dixon Trail and back again for one big loop but my dog was getting tired! The trail itself is really nice and easily manageable, lots of pretty scenery, and not too strenuous. I went later in the afternoon and it wasn't highly trafficked which I prefer. My dog thought it was awesome! Hope to complete the full loop between the three trails next time!

We went at 6:30, and didn't see another person until we we're within view of the visitor center. It was the first "real" trail for our kids (ages 8 and 5), and they loved it! Their favorite part was seeing the wildlife. We counted 16 deer, 3 turkeys, 1 turtle, and numerous creepy-crawlies including snakes (only 2), spiders, and caterpillars. There were plenty of gorgeous spots to take breaks, and the challenging portions were just long enough to build their endurance but short enough to keep their interest (and the whining that accompanies being 5) at bay. It was an easy family hike, and we can't wait to return.

Great trail and accessible for wheelchairs!

Nice almost 5 mile loop plenty to look at areas of interest to deviate off the path.

This is a decent, short trail that was great for a short walk with our son. Wear plenty of bug screen!

Interesting trail that you can customize with other trails to make a loop. A cave and overlooks highlight this trail.

Short loop trail. Do it at dawn or dusk for a frog serinade.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

This loop consists of numerous trails, and it offers a nice tour of Mammoth Cave's surface features, which include Mammoth Dome sink, two large springs (outflows for cave water), and Green River views. Starts at the Visitor Center, so nice hike to take while you are waiting for a cave tour.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Not great, a lot of climbing for no views of the river. Eco springs trail was more enjoyable.

Rated moderate for distance but not a difficult hike. The trail is well maintained and horses are not allowed on most of the trail unlike other areas of the park. You will need to park at the Maple Springs trailhead where there are toilets and picnic benches. The first mile is a connector trail to the Big Hollow trailhead which is mixed use for mountain biking and horseback riding. The Big Hollow portion consists of 2 loops joined in the middle by a connector trail which is great if you decide to make it a shorter hike. We encountered only 6 people on a Spring weekend with great weather.

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I hiked this trail 4/22/17 on my way back to IN. Well marked, nice inclines. The view from the scenic outlook was amazing. It was raining when I was there so everything was a vibrant green. Definitely worth the detour off of 65N.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

Lots of wildlife.

walking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Wonderful trail if you're looking for something that is completely handicap accessible. We took our dog out and walked around it several times after finding a longer trail we wanted to do was closed.

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