Explore the most popular trail running trails near Mammoth Cave with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

Trail was in good condition. Several benches along the way if you need to rest, as well as overlooks with nicely constructed decks and walkways.

Trail in very good condition, trees provide ample shad and some nice views of the green river. Elevation changes pretty easy to manage.

Can be done in a day if starting early. This is a relatively flat trail that you can easily crank out high mileage. Horses have really hurt the trail, and views are limited but better in the winter.

very pretty trail

My husband and I took our pit bull and Bassett with us on this trip. It was a good hike, especially for dogs!

Great for anyone

Easygoing

hiking
8 months ago

Wasn't too difficult and had a beautiful overlook on the trail.

Great easy trail for the kids

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail late May and it was absolutely beautiful! It was very well kept and was marked well. The loop has many places where you can cut the hike short and head to the visitor center. We did a 4.25 mile hike in the morning and caught a cave tour in the afternoon.

8 months ago

Wet. Muddy. Easy trail. Be ready to stop for horses.

8 months ago

Short. Easy. Interesting read.

The McCoy part is really tight and over grown. And the horses have really done a number in places.

I started at the trailhead near the picnic area and looped into the River Styx Trail. I was planning on looping into the Dixon Trail and back again for one big loop but my dog was getting tired! The trail itself is really nice and easily manageable, lots of pretty scenery, and not too strenuous. I went later in the afternoon and it wasn't highly trafficked which I prefer. My dog thought it was awesome! Hope to complete the full loop between the three trails next time!

We went at 6:30, and didn't see another person until we we're within view of the visitor center. It was the first "real" trail for our kids (ages 8 and 5), and they loved it! Their favorite part was seeing the wildlife. We counted 16 deer, 3 turkeys, 1 turtle, and numerous creepy-crawlies including snakes (only 2), spiders, and caterpillars. There were plenty of gorgeous spots to take breaks, and the challenging portions were just long enough to build their endurance but short enough to keep their interest (and the whining that accompanies being 5) at bay. It was an easy family hike, and we can't wait to return.

Great trail and accessible for wheelchairs!

Nice almost 5 mile loop plenty to look at areas of interest to deviate off the path.

Interesting trail that you can customize with other trails to make a loop. A cave and overlooks highlight this trail.

hiking
11 months ago

This loop consists of numerous trails, and it offers a nice tour of Mammoth Cave's surface features, which include Mammoth Dome sink, two large springs (outflows for cave water), and Green River views. Starts at the Visitor Center, so nice hike to take while you are waiting for a cave tour.

Not great, a lot of climbing for no views of the river. Eco springs trail was more enjoyable.

Rated moderate for distance but not a difficult hike. The trail is well maintained and horses are not allowed on most of the trail unlike other areas of the park. You will need to park at the Maple Springs trailhead where there are toilets and picnic benches. The first mile is a connector trail to the Big Hollow trailhead which is mixed use for mountain biking and horseback riding. The Big Hollow portion consists of 2 loops joined in the middle by a connector trail which is great if you decide to make it a shorter hike. We encountered only 6 people on a Spring weekend with great weather.

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I hiked this trail 4/22/17 on my way back to IN. Well marked, nice inclines. The view from the scenic outlook was amazing. It was raining when I was there so everything was a vibrant green. Definitely worth the detour off of 65N.

trail running
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This trail is pretty nice- I showed up around 9 am to try and beat the trail traffic and was mostly successful. Beautiful trail for a jog but you'll be tempted to stop to take it in quite often.

Friday, March 10, 2017

short and quick..right off the road☺

backpacking
Thursday, March 09, 2017

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.....

backpacking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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!!

walking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Good short trail that is a loop that has a couple of other trail access points the flowers are starting to come up and sunset point is a nice spot to reflect at sunset.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Part of a 21 mile loop I hiked starting at First Creek parking lot.
First night: Stayed at First Creek campsite B
Walked to McCoy Hollow Trail
Second Night: Stayed at McCoy Hollow Campsite
Walked to Wet Prong Trail and connected back at the parking lot.

https://faithdeblistered.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/mammoth-cave-first-creek-loop/

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Part of a 21 mile loop I hiked starting at First Creek parking lot.
First night: Stayed at First Creek campsite B
Walked to McCoy Hollow Trail
Second Night: Stayed at McCoy Hollow Campsite
Walked to Wet Prong Trail and connected back at the parking lot.

https://faithdeblistered.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/mammoth-cave-first-creek-loop/

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Great trail with nice views of the green river. Great for elevation gains.

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