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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

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Map of trails in Mammoth Cave National Park
Park information
Acreage:
52,830 acres
Contact
270 758-2180
Helpful links
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
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 - 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
#4 - 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
#5 - Green River Bluffs and Heritage Loop
Mammoth Cave National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(77)
Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
#6 - Mammoth Cave National Park Scenic Drive
Mammoth Cave National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(40)
Length: 10.9 mi
#7 - First Creek Lake Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(46)
Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#8 - Heritage Trail Loop
Mammoth Cave National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(94)
Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
Nice boardwalk and concert walkway shot and sweet Show more
#9 - Echo River and River Styx Springs Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(64)
Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#10 - Turnhole Bend Nature Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(51)
Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 16 m
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