Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave Park is in the heart of the bluegrass state near Brownsville, Kentucky. The park was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. It stretches over 82 square miles and sees about half a million vistors per year. It famously know for having the longest cave network on the planet. The second largest cave system is in Mexico and is underwater. Mammoth Caves are largely made up of sandstone and limestone. A portions of the Green River and Nolin River flow into the park. Tours through the caves are the most popular activity in the park but visitors also hiking and camping. Ranger led activities are season so call ahead for scheduling.

Mammoth Cave National Park Info


Mammoth Cave National Park

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End of season for some services

The end of November marks the end of the season for certain services at Mammoth Cave National Park, including the picnic area and campgrounds.

Winter forecast closes Park Friday January 12

Mammoth Cave, Ky., January 11, 2018 -- Mammoth Cave National Park will be closed Friday, January 12, because the ice and snow forecast. If weather permits, Green River Ferry, Mammoth Cave Parkway and Brownsville Road will remain open until 7:30 a.m. Friday to accommodate commuters. Thursday evening, staff will close Houchin Ferry Road-South, Flint Ridge Road, and Dennison Ferry Road. On Friday, all park operations will be closed, including cave tours, the visitor center, the Lodge at Mammoth Cave, roads and all park offices.

MLK Day brings free Mammoth Passage, Historic tours

Mammoth Cave National Park will offer two free Mammoth Passage cave tours and one free Historic cave tour on Monday, January 15, 2018, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Space is limited to 120 tickets for the 10:30 Historic tour, and 70 ticket for each of the 9:30 and 12:30 Mammoth Passage tours. Participants must pick up a free ticket in the visitor center on January 15 before going on these tours. The visitor center opens at 8:30 a.m. Both tours depart from the Mammoth Cave Lodge Rotunda Room and require a walk down and up the steep hill below the visitor center.

Mammoth Cave National Park Photos

Whitetail Doe Mammoth Cave National Park

~~Chuck's~~Photos~~ posted a photo:

Whitetail Doe Mammoth Cave National Park

Seen by the road in the park.
Have a nice Wednesday.

Limestone Cliffs and Forest Along the Cedar Sink Trail (Mammoth Cave National Park)

thor_mark  posted a photo:

Limestone Cliffs and Forest Along the Cedar Sink Trail (Mammoth Cave National Park)

I was able to use some nearby cliffs to show the depression formed with the Cedar Sink to the image left. In another view and azimuth I was able to capture that wasn't quite as apparent with all the plantlife and growth.

Moss (species?) and Liverworts (Asterella tenella)

Shimono Masa posted a photo:

Moss (species?) and Liverworts (Asterella tenella)

Turnhole Bend Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA

Moss (species?) and Liverworts (Asterella tenella)

Shimono Masa posted a photo:

Moss (species?) and Liverworts (Asterella tenella)

Turnhole Bend Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA

Turkey Tail Fungus (Trametes versicolor)

Shimono Masa posted a photo:

Turkey Tail Fungus (Trametes versicolor)

Turnhole Bend Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA

Green Frog

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Green Frog

Taken at Sloan's Pond.
Have a nice day!

Historic Entrance and Rain-Fed Waters (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Historic Entrance and Rain-Fed Waters (Mammoth Cave National Park)

A location I'd read and seen from others in their images about this famous cave entrance in Mammoth Cave National Park. It was only in seeing it that I really began to appreciate the wonder of a place to not just be explored but also a subtleness of beauty. In most of my past national park travels, I'd walked amongst the mountains with the grand views seen. Here I had what amounted to a simple cave entrance but on the next day, I'd see a hint of what lied beyond the stairs to the image right...

Let Us Walk Amongst the Tree and Explore the Wildness of Nature! (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Let Us Walk Amongst the Tree and Explore the Wildness of Nature! (Mammoth Cave National Park)

An image captured while walking the Sinkhole Trail and the many other network of trails to the west of the Visitor Center in Mammoth Cave National Park.

Red Berries (Explored)

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Red Berries (Explored)

Taken at Sloan's Pond.
Happy Tuesday!

To Toil in Life or Walk Along a Pond and Forest (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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To Toil in Life or Walk Along a Pond and Forest (Mammoth Cave National Park)

I chose the latter! A peaceful setting I came across while walking the Sloan's Crossing Pond Trail with a view looking to the southwest. With the sun shining pretty much to my front, I decided to lower the angle of my Nikon SLR camera to minimize any sunlight streaks across my lens and focus on the pond and nearby trees to my front.

December Mushrooms

~~Chuck's~~Photos~~ posted a photo:

December Mushrooms

Found last week in the park.
Happy Mushroom Monday!

The Green River Valley, Mammoth Cave National Park

Shimono Masa posted a photo:

The Green River Valley, Mammoth Cave National Park

This view of the Green River is from the overlook on the Green River Bluffs Trail.
Green River Bluffs Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

Ice on Sloan's Pond

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Ice on Sloan's Pond

<Taken Thursday on a walk around the pond.
Have a nice Saturday.

Things Have Been Said or Done Over My Many Years (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Things Have Been Said or Done Over My Many Years (Mammoth Cave National Park)

Things Have Been Said or Done Over My Many Years
And things undone or not said even said
I have had many thoughts and not thought about others things
But though they might try to weigh my mind down
I can look upon reflections of trees and clouds
And find solace for my consciousness in nature's reflections.

Another work of short poetry or prose to complement the image captured one afternoon in Mammoth Cave National Park while walking the Sloan's Crossing Pond Trail.

The Overlook on the Green River Bluffs Trail

Shimono Masa posted a photo:

The Overlook on the Green River Bluffs Trail

The overlook is at the top right of the photo; the Green River is on the left side of the photo.
Green River Bluffs Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

The Green River at Turnhole Bend

Shimono Masa posted a video:

The Green River at Turnhole Bend

On the south side of the oxbow bend of the Green River.
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

The West-side Stairs, Cedar Sink

Shimono Masa posted a video:

The West-side Stairs, Cedar Sink

I'm standing at the top of the stairs on the west side. I walked down these stairs, explored the floor of the sink, then came out at the south-side stairs.
Cedar Sink, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.
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Jelly Fungus (Exidia recisa) and Lichen in Snow

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Jelly Fungus (Exidia recisa) and Lichen in Snow

Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.