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Echo River Spring and Sinkhole Loop is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 403 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Wildlife

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Getting There

This trail that takes you pass two springs and to the banks of the Styx river before returning to the trail. The trail is heavily wooded and a moderate incline. It connects the River Styx Trail to the Mammoth Dome Sink Trail.

Trailhead at the south side of the Green River Ferry. Small parking lot at the trail head.

Mammoth Cave National Park 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 270-758-2180

Take Interstate 65 to Exit 48 (Park City Exit). Turn left onto KY-255 and follow 255 as it becomes the Park City Road into the park. Follow Park City Road until it joins the Mammoth Cave Parkway; turn left. Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center.

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Miranda Stokes
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Hiking

This trail was recommended to us by a ranger at the visitor’s center. It was nice and shaded with some gorgeous trees along the path. Would rate as advanced beginner.

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Madi N
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caught in thunderstorm!

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Sandra Simandle
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Hiking

This was our first ever trail at Mammoth Cave and it was wonderful! Beautiful weather made it perfect. Except the 3.1 mile trail ended up being 4.3 because the trails were not marked very well and we ended up on the River Styxx trail too. Thankfully I had downloaded the map so we could follow and find our way. No phone service on most of the trail. will definitely try the other ones. And the rest rooms were open!

Kate Taelman
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Hiking

we combined this with the River Styx trail, good hike

Lisa Logsdon
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nice easy walk. handicap accessible

Julie Traughber
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Peaceful, moderately hiked. The stairs at the last .8 were more moderate than easy. daffodils bloomed. Saw a few deer and squirrels.

Tim Barnes
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HikingBugsMuddy

Nice trail to do while waiting for your cave tour. It goes down to the river as the name suggests. It’s pretty muddy/buggy in the summer, but still really nice.

Shane Silvey
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Hiking

This is a very short and easy trail. The map above shows a loop but this trail is an out and back. It follows the river and is somewhat scenic but not much.

Cynthia L
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Hiking

I decided to go for a hike at the hottest part of the day (noon and 92 F). The trees provided great coverage and the temperatures was actually pretty moderate. I also only encountered maybe a handful of fellow hikers, despite how crowded the parking lot was. I can probably assume that people were doing the cave tours and did not want to be outdoors like me. The trails are well maintained and it would make a great running trail!

Kimberly Griffin
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Hiking

Very pretty! Easy hike, very peaceful. Only encountered a couple other people the day I went.

Jax C.
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Hiking

Very pretty hike. There are other trails at end of this one if you wish to continue on. I recommend you do!

Michael Hall
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Nice

Donald Cote
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portion of it is closed to make handicap accessible

Michael Taylor
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Hiking

Nice hike through the woods. Trails marked well. River views . Saw a dear.

Paige Lemon
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Hiking

Very accessible trail, felt like a light to moderate difficulty. Gravel all through and boardwalks over any difficult terrain, which it seems is to be expected on heavily trafficked national park trails. This time of year the woods are filled with beautiful yellow daffodils. What I liked most about this trail was knowing I was hiking right above a huge cave. There were several entrance points and a sink hole that were very interesting! Also, Sunset Point is just a short aside from the main trail and is a beautiful overlook of the park.

Qi Ai
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Hiking

Moderate loop trail. Lots of changes in elevation.

Scott Densmore
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Hiking

A pretty mostly wooded trail by the Green River that takes you out to the southern end of the Mammoth Cave NP Visitor Center trail system.

Laurah Brown
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with river access. Not too many people when I was on this trail. Pretty area to visit.

Tim Etherton
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the trail was very well maintained absolutely beautiful

Gail A.
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Hiking

Very easy hike with nice views. Deer will get fairly close to you and pose for pictures. A park ranger told me that it was because some people feed them.

V L.
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Hiking

Nice views above the River Styx. Well maintained and easy hike.

Kaylee Acres
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Hiking

Easy hike and an introduction to what Mammoth Cave has to offer. Surprisingly little traffic for the location at the times I've gone.

Doug Neidholdt
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First to Review

pleasant walk through the woods. Not a destination, but worth a peak.

Julian Sheppy
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Chelsea Ballard
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Heidi Deater
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Tyler Green
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Jason Clark
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shannon siekman
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