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.

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Mammoth Cave National Park

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News

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.

Park closures on December 25

Visitor services in Mammoth Cave National Park will not be available on December 25, 2017. Cave tours, the visitor center, offices, the ferry, and the Lodge at Mammoth Cave will be closed.

Mammoth Cave National Park Photos

Ferns (Asplenium species), Moss, and Lichens in Melting Snow

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Ferns (Asplenium species), Moss, and Lichens in Melting Snow

Looks like a hybrid, maybe KY Spleenwort (A.kentuckiense), but could be Ebony Spleenwort (A.platyneuron). 4-8 inches long
Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.
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Little Gray Polypody (Polypodium polypodioides) aka Resurrection Fern

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Little Gray Polypody (Polypodium polypodioides) aka Resurrection Fern

(the binomial may have changed)
Compare size to the penny...top right.
Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

Little Gray Polypody (Polypodium polypodioides) aka Resurrection Fern growing in Moss

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Little Gray Polypody (Polypodium polypodioides) aka Resurrection Fern growing in Moss

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

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Sunset Point, Mammoth Cave National Park

A beautiful sunset at Sunset Point.
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

Roosting Turkey Vultures

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Roosting Turkey Vultures

Next to the cemetery off the Sunset Point Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

The Trees Rise Above Me Like a Kindred Soul (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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The Trees Rise Above Me Like a Kindred Soul (Mammoth Cave National Park)

On the walkway from the visitors center to the main, historic entrance to Mammoth Cave in the national park. I decided to focus most of the image to the tall trees all around, including only a portion of the walkway to my front.

Mammoth cave mushrooms.

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Mammoth cave mushrooms.

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Frozen Niagra, Mammoth Cave National Park 11/12/2013

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Frozen Niagra, Mammoth Cave National Park  11/12/2013

"Because Mammoth Cave is a predominantly dry cave, much of it is devoid of many of these features. However, some areas of the cave, including the area known as Frozen Niagra, represent areas where the sandstone caprock preventing the permeation of water is cracked, allowing stalactites, stalagmites, and other features to grow." u.osu.edu

"Mammoth Cave National Park is an American national park in central Kentucky, encompassing portions of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world. Since the 1972 unification of Mammoth Cave with the even-longer system under Flint Ridge to the north, the official name of the system has been the Mammoth–Flint Ridge Cave System. The park was established as a national park on July 1, 1941, a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981, and an international Biosphere Reserve on September 26, 1990."
"Mammoth Cave is the world's longest known cave system with more than 400 miles (640 km) of surveyed passageways,[3][4] which is nearly twice as long as the second-longest cave system, Mexico's Sac Actun underwater cave." wiki

Foggy Morning Deciduous Forest

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Foggy Morning Deciduous Forest

to the Echo River Spring Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

Snake.

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Snake.

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A Walkway and Overlook Point Across the Rotunda (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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A Walkway and Overlook Point Across the Rotunda (Mammoth Cave National Park)

With this image I wanted to capture the sheer immenseness of the cave around me at this point of the Mammoth Passage Tour.

Snag in Green River.

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Snag in Green River.

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Dwarf Crested Iris.

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Dwarf Crested Iris.

Taken on a hike in Mammoth Cave National Park last Spring.
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Dear deer, don't fear

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Dear deer, don't fear

It’s just me and my camera here

Redwing Blackbird.

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Redwing Blackbird.

Taken at Sloan's Pond in Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Wild Rose.

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Wild Rose.

Taken from the boardwalk at Sloan's Pond in Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Liverworts (Asterella tenella) and Moss (species)

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Liverworts (Asterella tenella) and Moss (species)

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

If One Has Loneliness, One Can Find Company Amongst the Trees (Mammoth Cave National Park

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If One Has Loneliness, One Can Find Company Amongst the Trees (Mammoth Cave National Park

When I captured this image, I was focusing mainly on the boarded walkway to my front as a leading line with the tall forest of trees all around me with their greens and yellows. It was only later as I started researching for another trip that I recognized one of the things that drew me into this setting was that boardwalk and how it reminded me of images I'd seen of Congaree National Park, one I hope to visit soon next year!

All on the Earth is Beauty Dressed (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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All on the Earth is Beauty Dressed (Mammoth Cave National Park)

From a point on the stairs to the main, historic entrance to Mammoth Cave in this part of the national park. While I had some time before the tour started with the park rangers leading us down, I decided to use this extra time and compose an image of the waters falling from the recent rains. I was able to brace myself on some of the steel railings and capture a longer exposed image so that I could get more of a milky or look to the waters. The fog was coming in and out of the view caused some actual actual fogging on my camera lens, but I was able to minimize some of that with color control points and Capture NX2 along with a DarkenLighten Center CEP filter.

Reflections. (Explored)

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Reflections. (Explored)

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