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Best trails in Mammoth Cave National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 15 easy trails in Mammoth Cave National Park ranging from 0.8 to 10.9 miles and from 442 to 974 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Mammoth Cave National Park is a U.S. National Park in central Kentucky is home to the longest cave system known in the world with over 400 miles of cave. There are also 53,000 acres of forests with 70 miles of above-ground trails and 11 miles of cave trails. 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. The park was established as a national park on July 1, 1941, a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981, and an international Biosphere Reserve on September 26, 1990. Mammoth Cave National Park is open year-round. The park Visitor Center operates on hours that vary by season. For info on Visitor Center hours, see here: https://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/operatinghoursandseasons.htm Accessibility: For accessible trails and facilities information for those with disabilities or using equipment such as strollers, please see: https://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Mammoth Cave National Park
Park information
Acreage:
52,830 acres
Contact
270 758-2180
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Top trails (30)
#1 - Green River Bluff, Echo River Springs, Sinkhole and Heritage Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
Note: As of October 2020, Echo River Spring Trail (and others) are temporarily closed however majority of the trail is still accessible. Expected reopening is mid November. More information here: https://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm A loop trail going from the picnic area down to the Green River along the bluffs.Show more
#2 - Cedar Sink Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 53 m
#3 - Dixon Cave Trail Loop
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 47 m
Please note that the cave and visitor center are currently closed due to COVID 19. This trail leads up to Dixon Cave. You are not allowed in the cave as bats are hibernating and to prevent white-nose syndrome.Show more
#4 - Sinkhole Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
This trail passes right by the Mammoth Dome Sinkhole.Show more
#5 - Green River Bluffs and Heritage Loop
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
A well kept trail along more developed pathways in many places making the going relatively easy. There is a touch of incline in a few places that will get your heart rate up. The Green River side is more remote and a bit more challenging. The Heritage trail is nestled in beautiful woods with hidden circuits of caves below ground. The views are all great, although vegetation makes them hard to actually see!Show more
#6 - Heritage Trail Loop
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
Please note that the southern part of the loop has been reported closed (10/01/2020). A short and sweet boardwalk and concrete path with great views from the Green River and Sunset lookout points. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved/boardwalk and typically at least four feet wide. This trail is considered to be wheelchair accessible on the park website, although there are some steep sections where the grade is estimated to be 10% so assistance may be needed.Show more
#7 - Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 7 h 1 m
From one end to the other crushed rock nice ride Show more
#8 - Echo River Spring Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
Note: As of October 3, 2020, users have reported that the trail head is CLOSED temporarily due to construction. This trail begins at a small parking lot just before the Green River Ferry. The route follows a long section of boardwalk and a flat forest trail that leads to the major trail junction at the bottom of the main path that passes the main Mammoth cavern entrance. Once you reach the junction, take the right at your 3 o’clock (as you approach). This gravel trail goes uphill, past the cave entrance, to the Welcome Center. The Echo Springs Trail area will be really nice once the boardwalk construction is complete. The forest in this area is quite beautiful!Show more
#9 - First Creek Lake Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#10 - Mammoth Cave National Park Scenic Drive
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 10.9 mi
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