Green River Bluff, Echo River Springs, Sinkhole and Heritage Trail

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Green River Bluff, Echo River Springs, Sinkhole and Heritage Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.5 miElevation gain557 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCampingFishingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningCaveForestRiverViewsWildlife
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A loop trail going from the picnic area down to the Green River along the bluffs.

shower facilities and flush toiilets

Mammoth Cave National Park P.O. Box 7 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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Stacey Grogg
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Erin Hulsey
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a favorite family trail in all seasons

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Sherri Brown
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Jeff Crady
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Still well maintained and wide in most places. Great vistas with leaves fallen from trees. Still and silent and beautiful. Great exercise when connecting with River Styx trail.

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Beyer Art
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Rachel Jo Creech
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail.. we saw a lot deer driving in and walking the trail. Nice views and a few sink holes. Echo springs was still closed on 11-27-2020. Trail was in great shape.

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Bill Macy
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HikingGreat!

Nice day for hiking, trail was in great shape. This is a popular trail so it was very busy. Echo River Springs section was still closed as of 11-21-20.

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Daymon Wooten
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. A lot of elevation gain at certain points so not for the faint of heart but easy for seasoned hikers. There’s a few historical points along the trail with nice signage. We saw many mushrooms and different colored foliage along the way.

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Melissa Correa
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Jennifer Vogel
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Echo Spring is still closed

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Maurice King
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This was a great trail. We did a family outing and I carried my grandson in a sling which I believe he enjoyed. I and proud of the entire Family for completing and hope we all continue to get out there on a regular basis. Celebrated completion with Pho Soup at Boba Lounge in BGKY. Great Day!

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Derek Shoulders
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Mollie Lutz
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Krysta Bartok
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HikingGreat!

Great day for hiking. The trail was kept up and well marked. Not too buggy and not a ton of people out. The trail to Echo River Spring was closed from both ways, so we ended up improvising and did just over 6 miles instead of the 4.5 miles. We preferred the trail on the Green River side as it was more remote and a bit more challenging.

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Dana Grinestaff
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Fun hike!

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kelly shearing
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Charles Valot
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Tyler Mc
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Easy to navigate, a couple views of the river. Definitely worth checking out the offshoots along the way!

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john badasci
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Josh McDowell
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Bill Macy
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HikingGreat!

nice trail, plenty of sights. daughter and I had good time. definitely going back when cooler and leaves have fallen. lookouts will be incredible.

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Karthikey P
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Been there for Spring break 2018. Loved the trail , this is the 1st trail i did in my life and is Moderate difficultly with elevation changes. I wish to visit again in summer, when trees are with leaves. There are a few bridges , walk on banks of river in valley and then there is gradual climb

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Solamen Silva
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This is the main loop covering all sections of the Heritage Trail network that connects to the hotel and Welcome Center. The Green River Bluff Trail is a higher-elevation area with large hardwoods and a few distance views of the river valley. The Echo Springs Trail continues along the River bottom via a network of boardwalks to a parking lot beside the Green River Ferry. The Sinkhole Trail takes you past the Mammoth Dome Sink through an uphill forested path. The Heritage Trail is part of the more gentrified boardwalk and pavement paths that connect various areas surrounding the hotel. The Western sections of this hike are really pretty, but I’m not a fan of the areas that weave in and out of the park’s infrastructure.

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Chasity Houchin
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Karen Sharpe
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It’s a pretty trail so I’m giving it for but it almost got three stars. All of the overlooks are completely overgrown and the area where the trail that goes near Echo Springs is completely closed off due to construction. You are supposed to take the river valley cut over to bypass it. Very hot and humid right now but not too bad mosquito wise.

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Megan Dines
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Family friendly, right now it’s super hot and humid - would be beautiful in the fall! Still nice views of the rover and a couple of caves!

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Barry Younkie
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WalkingGreat!

Stable surfaces. Good degree of hard. Some up and down so good work out. Nice to see Green River. Loved the lookout

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Leyna Tobey
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Moderate, mostly shaded trail with some nice views of the river and surrounding areas. Bring lots of water and be prepared for some uphill and downhill sections.

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Brandee Rae
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Not crowded at all when I hiked it. Mostly shaded but there are rocky areas. Bring plenty of water on hot days! Connects to other trails in the area.

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