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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News

Mammoth Cave National Park is beginning to increase recreational access to the visitor center and cave tours

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Mammoth Cave National Park is increasing recreational access and services beginning June 1. The park will reopen limited access to self-guided cave tours and park’s visitor center. Park campgrounds will be open with limited access on June 11.

Development Concept Plan and Environmental Assessment for Houchin Ferry Open for Comment During June

Mammoth Cave National Park officials invite comments on the Development Concept Plan and Environmental Assessment (DCP&EA) for the Houchin Ferry area during a public review and comment period starting on Monday, June 1.

Flint Ridge Road and Mammoth Cave Picnic Area to Temporarily Close for Paving Work

Mammoth Cave National Park will temporarily close Flint Ridge Road on Friday, June 5, and the Mammoth Cave Picnic Area from Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7 to all traffic. The closures are required for crack sealing and paving pre-work that is a part of the park’s ongoing pavement preservation project.

Mammoth Cave National Park Photos

Wild deer–in a parking lot!

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Wild deer–in a parking lot!

The new Green River Ferry.

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The new Green River Ferry.

Mammoth Cave National Park still waiting for it to reopen.
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Sloan's Pond.

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Sloan's Pond.

Photo from a hike around Sloan's Pond.
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Enjoying the Echo River Spring Trail 4-30-20

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Enjoying the Echo River Spring Trail 4-30-20

Sounds like an indigo bunting at the end of the video!
What would I do without trails like this? I must get out and listen to the birds/insects, see the wildflowers, feel the moisture in the air, smell the earth around me...it's in our DNA to get out in the woods and appreciate nature and its relationships.
Thanks for giving me the chance to do this Mammoth Cave Park! I need it and love it so much.
Echo River Spring, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

Cemetery in bloom.

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Cemetery in bloom.

Taken on a ride thru Mammoth Cave National Park.
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The Cedar Sink Spring

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The Cedar Sink Spring

Look closely (enlarge the photo) and you can see the ripples in the water, where the water is rising from the subterranean spring.
Cedar Sink Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

The Cedar Sink Stairs

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The Cedar Sink Stairs

This is the West-side Stairs, taking you deep into Cedar Sink, a gigantic geologic depression in the earth with several sinkholes and an exposed section of a subterranean stream, with a spring on one side and a sinkhole on the other.
There is another set of stairs on the south side.
Cedar Sink Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

Spring serenade: Playing in the puddle

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Spring serenade: Playing in the puddle

A fawn discovers the fun of playing in puddles. This was a picnic area of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Deer at Mammoth Cave NP

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Deer at Mammoth Cave NP

Moss and Bird Songs at the Echo River Spring Trail, 4-30-20

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Moss and Bird Songs at the Echo River Spring Trail,  4-30-20

A good place to stop, look around you, and listen to the birds; did you hear the parula, nuthatch, and ovenbird?
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

Leaves of a 'Violet'

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Leaves of a 'Violet'

Wood Violet? - Viola palmata? (with poison ivy)
These violet leaves are palmately lobed (3-11, check), variously toothed.
Turnhole Bend Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

When it's this dark, I let photographers come close just to tease them

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When it's this dark, I let photographers come close just to tease them

When it's this dark, l let photographers in closer because I bet they cannot have a photographic keeper in these conditions. I like to tease. I know photographers don't like to photo wildlife above ISO 3200 because of all the noise. I mean, having a keeper at ISO 6400 would be a miracle. Am I right?

I used to dabble in photography. I know.

You could go to a lower aperture to let in more light but then all you'll be able to focus on is a sliver, maybe a hair or two. Although I have been jerking and jumping around, you could lower your shutter speed so as to be able to raise your aperture setting but then the lower speed would risk me being a blur of motion. Besides, by the time you made those adjustments, I could be gone. Having said that, you know and I know that great photographers would indeed be able to capture both my eyes and nose in these conditions. So what are you? Hmm, if I just turned my beautifully long nose and pretty eyes away from you in this twilight condition and put them on a perpendicular plane from you, you would be able to focus on both. But then I wouldn't be staring straight at you. And you want that, don't you?

Catch me if you can!

Tulip Poplar flower

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Tulip Poplar flower

Photo from a hike around Sloan's Pond.
The tulip poplar (also called tulip tree) is actually more closely related to magnolia than either a tulip or a poplar. The reference to tulips comes from the shape of the greenish yellow and orange flowers. Tulip poplar is currently the state tree of Kentucky. It occurs in all counties in Kentucky.
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928 Moon

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928 Moon

926 River

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926 River

930 River

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930 River

899 River

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899 River

878 Ferry

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878 Ferry

901 River

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901 River

927 River

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927 River