Mammoth Cave Park Long Loop Trail is a 15.7 mile loop trail located near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
The "Long Loop Trail" is a connection of three trails. The First Creek Trail, on to The McCoy Hollow Trail, and finally the Wet Prong Trail. I hiked this trail in early season in the month of March, so with that in mind here is my review....It is shared with horses and yes there is some muddy spots that are easy to walk around. If you are afraid of a lil mud on your boots then this trail is not for you. However, if you are not then this trail is a good trail for back country backpacking. It has some views, however trees block much of the views. The hike itself is great in that it's very well marked with blue blazes and orange blazes for campsites. The trail also offers a few little waterfalls, as well a hidden pond in the middle of nowhere. It has a lot of fairly level trail sections allowing you to cover great distance with ease. However, there are some tough uphill sections that leave you desperately trying just to make it to your next camp. Clean and great campsites with fire pits included. Definitely a great trail to spend the weekend checking out. It says on All trails that it's 15 miles but by map it's at least 18, and by the time you reach your car again you will swear it was twenty. I give it three stars for the lack of excellent views, however I would definitely do it again.....
First, There is no trail officially called "long loop trail"..the trail shown here is a combination of the McCoy Hollow Trail, First creek trail, and I believe the Wet Prong trail..The trail was chewed up a bit in places from horses but nothing you can't get around..I would say 80-90% of it was in great shape..The McCoy Hollow part of the trail is DIFFICULT be prepared lol..Absolutely loved the hike, and will do again. You will encounter some great views and there is all kinds of water sources from which most of we drank straight out of the streams with no filtering at all..No complaints at all from me!!
This trail looks like it is never used. Couldn't walk two steps without getting cobweb into our faces. Had to dodge spiders too. Trail is too narrow in some areas. We didn't feel comfortable hiking it since we saw 2 snakes right on the trail - one was very little and looked like a garden snake. Another was huge timber rattlesnake. Narrow trail makes it impossible to see if there are any snakes on the trail. Had to move very slowly.
Trail seemed like it was going to be nice but we didn't make it to far after getting tons of seed ticks on our legs. We saw reviews of the same thing happening to other people. I suggest going prepared!
It didn't feel right not to do some hiking here! Easy, chill. The blast of cold air coming from a cave access point was cool (literally and figuratively).
Horses have ruined most of the trails at Mammoth Cave. If visiting here be prepared to spend a lot of time blazing trails around horse mudhole's.
We didn't hike the whole trail but the short amount we did was great. We headed into the cave and explored around a little while before calling it a day.
Love this trail! We hiked a good amount and then headed to the cave for a blast of cool air... lovely! Really a gorgeous park. Will also suggest a strenuous hike in the cave itself as a great adventure... though pay attention ... when they say strenuous they mean it. We saw kids wearing flip flops having to be carried by their parents up steep hills... dress appropriately and make sure your kids are up to the challenge!
This is a great place for camping and hiking . Wonderful trails with wildflowers, wildlife and nature plus you have one of the cleanest and quietest camp grounds right in the National Park with bathrooms and showers and a supply store . Very impressed and nice peaceful hikes
Done this twice and would do it again! Park at the Cool Springs Church trailhead...take the cool springs trail to the bluffs. Overnight if you wish and explore! Only small complaint is that this trail is used by horses so it can be muddy, pitted with hoof steps (watch your ankles) and you'll dodge horse apples. Hikied once, trail ran it once...Excellent workout!