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Echo River and River Styx Springs Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Park City, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 426 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Walking

Forest

Partially paved

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Parking lot, for fee campgrounds with all the amenities.

Mammoth Cave National Park P.O. Box 7 Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 270-758-2180

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Ciera Sky
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Hiking

Beautiful and not too crowded, saw a few people but that’s to be expected in a national park. Pretty easy hike and if you want a longer hike there are plenty of other trails connected to this one!

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Kat Moore
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike. Partially paved,

Tiffany Davidson
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Hiking

I grew up around Mammoth Cave, so I've hiked this trail all of my life. Now that I live in Washington State, I don't spend much time here anymore, so it was nice to return yesterday and hike this one with a friend. I'll be hiking it again with my father tomorrow. This is a very populated trail, and the Kentucky summer heat can be pretty unforgiving, but I still think it's one of the best trails in this area. When the place isn't flooded (like it was yesterday) I sometimes cool off in River Styx or Echo River with a dip.

Glenna Spikberg
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Very nice trail, some paved and nice bridges built

Find YourCrazy.org
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Hiking

Fun hike, but a little bit of a workout coming back up. At the back of heritage trail we took the switchbacks down to the spring. Kids loved it, but we were sweating by the time we got back to the top. We are a full time RV family of 9. (FindYourCrazy.org). Today we had my wife and I plus our 8, 9, 11, and 11 year old special needs twins. We left our two dogs at home today, but wish we had brought them. Everyone did great.

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Paige Hargett
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Hiking

My kids, pup and I love this trail. It has pretty views and easy trails. I carry my two year old in a kelty kids backpack carrier and it’s super easy conditions for this (around 30lbs) We have been twice during quarantine and both times have only passed two to three families. This is during the weekdays after 4:30. If you stay until around 7, you’ll see deer close by.

Lauren Steen
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Hiking

I’ve grown up near Mammoth Cave & this Trail is a favorite. There are easy sections. The closer you get to the River Styx (because at One point you see where it to send into the cave system) its a little more hilly. But it’s gorgeous so it’s definitely worth it.

Eli Wanner
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Hiking

Really lush forest with some beautiful rocks and springs. It's a very easy, accessible hike (a little too easy for my tastes

Kenny Dillingham
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Hiking

I enjoy this hike. It's pretty and has some elevation change to get you a little exercise.

Jeff G.
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Hiking

Hiked this trail today and added the Dixon Cave Loop and the Sunset Trail for a total of 6.8 miles.. Trail was in great shape despite the recent rains... Most of the trail was chipped gravel and several raised walkways. A little more crowded than we care for, but it was a Saturday afternoon. Not really much to see. but an OK easy trail....

Jon Carroll
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Running

Very runable. Great elevation change.

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Lisa Logsdon
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Beautiful views!

Michael Hall
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Nice

Jason Bolton
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Hiking

There is more to Mammoth Cave than the cave itself! This hike is a beautiful walk in the forest - I've done it many times.

Scott Densmore
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Hiking

Nice way to enter the trail system around the Mammoth Cave NP Visitor Center. It takes you down to a pretty view of the Green River and the River Styx Spring. It also passes the Historic cave entrance.

Tim Etherton
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the trails were well identified the scenery was absolutely spectacular

Danielle Harber Lewis
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Hiking

This is a lovely area where you can even put up a hammock right up the hill from the cave entrance. You can feel the breeze and listen to the water fall. Lovely!

Adrianne Jacobs
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Hiking

Fun, short hike. Very pretty in winter. The trail system at Mammoth Cave is lovely.

Jen Hawthorne
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My husband and I went on New Years Day 2016. It was lovely even in winter and you can really see the nice views with the leaves off the trees. I want to return in the spring and see the wild flowers in bloom.

David Cignoni
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really nice to do- just 15 minutes from the Visitor Center- has some views of the Green River and just off the river, along the banks of one of its tributaries, are stands of huge sycamores, about 15 feet in circumference. (see photos)

Jason McFadden
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Hiking

Starting from the trailhead it's a long descent through lush green woods over many wooden bridges and walkways. Gorgeous scenery. Near the end you should see the spring coming out from an underground cave and also see the River Styx. You can loop back a different way up a paved road which takes you by the main cave entrance where, after a humid uphill climb, you can stand over the cave entrance and cool off from its natural air conditioning! We saw deer along the way.

Gail A.
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Hiking

Short, pleasant hike that connects with other short trails. Up and down. Take a map.

Randy Koester
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Hiking

The trail is easy to walk but I would describe it was moderate because of the nearly half mile uphill return. The thing to do is couple this trail with a short subterranean hike into the nearby historic entrance to Mammoth Cave.

V L.
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Hiking

Out and back trail in Mammoth Cave National Park. It starts from the Visitor's Center and leads down to the Green River. A spur leads over to the River Styx Spring which empties from the cave system into the Green River.

Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking
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Short pleasant hike, part of Mammoth springs NP, trail well maintained. worth a peak.

Todd Burress
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Shiloh Johnson
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Ashley Nicole
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Shannon Vieau
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Jackie Travis
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