Explore the most popular views 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.

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.

Easy trail to hike, interesting geology. Very pretty.

nature trips
8 days 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

super easy trail to hike

hiking
5 months ago

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

on Cedar Sink Trail

hiking
5 months ago

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

After reading previous reviews I took two pairs of boots to keep the mud off my shins. I was also sure to carry water for both my dog and I. Trails still muddy even with a layer of leaf litter, but the changing leaves and the pure quiet of the woods were well worth the mudslinging. Wished I had started earlier bc sunset in November is around 4:30pm here - flashlight came in handy! Also wished that I had prepared for staying over night - the trail convergence after mile 3 makes you want to change plans! I was tempted to explore the 2 backcountry campsites, Turntable camp was 0.9 miles ahead, and Sal Hollow camp was 2.2 miles more. Buffalo Trail also crossed 1.5 miles ahead. Will have to explore when the days are longer! Over all, trails were well marked and were just difficult enough that you stayed focused on your steps. I completed the trail in 5 hours with plenty of breaks adjusting my pack and staring at lichens. You can easily extend your hike if you pack well.

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

hiking
6 months ago

A fun must-see feature if you're visiting Mammoth Cave! Trail has enough grade to provide a bit of a workout without being obnoxious, and has some excellent scenery in the bottom of the sink. We took the right side of the loop and went counterclockwise. This delayed the appearance of some of the better views, and is probably the best way to do it. Grade in is downhill, with the steepest part being exiting the sink. Several sets of steel stairs there, so footing/safety isn't a problem. Would do it again!

easy trail for adults may be challenging for young children under 8 because of the stairs. not much to see at the beginning however it's relaxing and as you go further it surprises you. loved this trail was a fun walk.

hiking
6 months ago

Really unique hike to see a sinkhole where a subterranean river makes a brief appearance before going back underground. Lots of stairs, and may not be suitable for those afraid of heights.

Great for anyone

Very grown up in the summer

Easygoing

Great in the spring

Great easy hike

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail partially paved then rock. Got to see the old entrance to the cave, takes you right along the river for some nice views of it as well.

Great easy trail for the kids

hiking
7 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.

Easy backpacking trail. Made it a loop with Buffalo Creek Trail. Muddy and obviously used by horses but not too bad. stream was flooded and not flowing at the stream crossing but luckily there was a spot upstream that wasnt too deep to cross at. There are quite a few down trees to jumpover.

7 months ago

Short. Easy. Interesting read.

short but enjoyed relaxing around pond

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 hike for a day when the humidity kept us from doing a more strenuous hike. It's just "wild" enough that my 7yo hiking buddy felt that he was lost in the woods.

Next time I hike here, I'm going to bring a bag to pick up garbage. There wasn't a lot, but any is more than I'm used to seeing on Mammoth Cave trails.

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