Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Very unique trail!

1 month ago

Easy trail to hike, interesting geology. Very pretty.

nature trips
1 month ago

Great variety of wildflowers

Just meh.

super easy trail to hike

on Cedar Sink Trail

6 months ago

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

7 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.

7 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


Great in the spring

Great easy hike

8 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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Short. Easy. Interesting read.

Great trail and accessible for wheelchairs!

10 months ago

Fun, short trail. More strenuous then I thought. Interesting terrian.

11 months ago

had a blast on this trail. it was me and 2 friends with 6 kids (8, 6, 6, 5, 2, 1) we had a great time! loved the side trails! we ended up hiking 3 miles since we explored all the side trails. (all the kids walked the entire thing except the 1 yr old. i had her in a carrier the entire time)

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Very pretty little walk through the woods. Nice, well kept trail. Very neat scenery with the sink hole, flowing water, rock overhangs, and side trails. All of Mammoth Cave is pet friendly including this trail. Trail is great for dogs. There are two stair cases one of which is perfect for dogs however the other is only suitable for large dogs due to the gaps in steps. We carried out little dog up those couple of steps. Worth your time if you are near by!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Beautiful spring time trail.
Lots of stairs.
Trails are wide enough to walk side by side. I could easily spend a lot of time in the sink. Very peaceful location.

Monday, April 03, 2017

A beautiful springtime hike!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

wildflowers are always great here, going into the caves is a big no no.

Friday, March 10, 2017

short and quick..right off the road☺

Monday, March 06, 2017

I recommend going off trail and crawling through the caves. Free passage into mammoth cave.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Good short trail that is a loop that has a couple of other trail access points the flowers are starting to come up and sunset point is a nice spot to reflect at sunset.

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Good trail, some hills ether way you go, several road crossings, grave yards and historic places along the way crushed stone trail would not suggest smooth tread tires loose in spots.

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This is a good Rails to Trail you can park at ether end and ride to the other or out and back I think riding to Mammoth Cave way is harder but it has up hills both ways it isw crushed stone kind of loose in spots two old grave yards on the way a pond with a board walk all the way around it, and some historic places, I have rode it 2 times and not met more then 2 or 3 people both times.

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