Around Cave City: Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park in Cave City, Kentucky, is considered the “Number 1 tourist destination of Kentucky”.

The National Park’s gateway, Cave City, in Barren County, has the traditional charm of a small town, but an abundance of exciting tourist attractions, with lots of places to explore.

Mammoth Cave National Prk
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm

Mammoth Cave National Park is located just about 12 miles outside of Cave City, offerring several fun activities and things to do. These include tours of the caves (since 1816), horseback riding, boating, canoeing, kayaking and biking. The park boasts 27 beautiful trails with over 100 miles of walking paths, and more than 70 endangered or state listed species of animals. There is great fishing mostly all year round in the Green and Nolin Rivers with over 100 species, and the chance to catch bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, muskellunge and more. The Green River can be crossed by the way of two ferries, the Green River Ferry and Houchins Ferry. Camping is also offered in this park, but for those who prefer a diamond in the rough, a Cave City bed and breakfast is not far away. Just riding the back roads of this magnificent park is thrilling.

Mammoth Cave
www.cavecity.com

The beautiful scenic Mammoth Cave boasts 350 miles in length with a depth of 379 feet, and is known to be the longest cave in the whole world. Early settlers first came to this cave over 12,000 years ago, using this location as a burial place. The cave has rocks over 350,000,000 years old.

This cave in Mammoth Cave National Park cannot be seen in a quick visit, but is difficult to see even in weeks. Fat Man’s Misery, a part of the Historic Tour, can be a tight squeeze for some individuals. Numerous tunnels and paths add to the magical mystery of this natural cave, and can be visited from a nearby Cave City inn. Guests can see for themselves if ghosts really do exist here, as many previous tourists and tour guides claim.

Mammoth Cave Canoe & Kayak
1240 Old Mammoth Cave Road
Cave City, KY 42127
(877) 59CANOE or (270) 773-3366
www.mammothcavecanoe-k.com

Slow moving canoe trip tours along the Green River are offered. Tours can be from a 3-hour tour to a full camping excursion for days. Canoers may encounter bobcats, deer, beavers and many more wildlife animals as they paddle down the river.

Mammoth Cave Wax Museum
901 Mammoth Cave Road
Cave City, KY, 42127
(270) 773-3010

Realistic wax portrayals of famous Americans in history and at present time are depicted here. These life-sized copy-cats are in their natural-like historical settings, and fun to see.

Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum
270-781-7973 or 800-53-VETTE

This museum built in 1969, offers over 14,000 square feet of area for exhibits of different exotic wild animals including reptiles for guests to enjoy. This interesting area of animal displays boasts, over 1,600 species of wildlife.