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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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

Mammoth Cave: Hut for tuberculosis patients

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Mammoth Cave: Hut for tuberculosis patients

A cave tour group passes by huts that were built to lodge consumption patients. In the mid-nineteenth century, the world did not know what pulmonary tuberculosis was or how to cure it. It was called consumption (Greek: phtisis), named by Hippocrates, since the body of those with this ailment were consumed away. It was almost always fatal.

One Kentucky doctor experimented with putting consumption patients in huts in the bowels of Mammoth Cave to try to cure their ailment. They died and unfortunately, the doctor also caught the disease and died. But his tuberculosis clinic huts are still here.

Echo River in Mammoth Cave

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Echo River in Mammoth Cave

Passing beyond the River Styx, this is the deepest part of the cavern that has a trail. The underground river, Echo River, was clean and green from the limestone minerals of Mammoth Cave. I saw a white eyeless fish and an eyeless crawfish swimming around in the river. They were oblivious to the light that was shined on them.

Green River crossing, Mammoth Cave NP

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Green River crossing, Mammoth Cave NP

The Echo River Spring water pours into the Green River quite close to here.

Construction is underway to upgrade the Green River ferry crossing. A boat to get there and a fence of the construction site can be seen on the right. The ferry is currently gone. It will begin services again in November.

Echo River Spring seep, Mammoth Cave NP

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Echo River Spring seep, Mammoth Cave NP

The underground water seeps from a spring, which pours a couple of hundred yards down into the Green River.

Two and a half millennia-old gourd bowl left behind by Native Americans in Mammoth Cave

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Two and a half millennia-old gourd bowl left behind by Native Americans in Mammoth Cave

As the group was making its miles long trek underground though Mammoth Cave by lantern light, the ranger turned on his flashlight for a few seconds to show this gourd bowl that was left behind by ancient inhabitants of Kentucky some 2,500 years ago.

After a mile inside Mammoth Cave, group rests

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After a mile inside Mammoth Cave, group rests

Part of the Violet City lantern tour inside the cave. No tripods are allowed so you guessed it – I'm resting the camera on my knee to steady it and take this photo.

Mammoth Cave Cedar Sink Trail

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Mammoth Cave Cedar Sink Trail

Cave system sinkholes can be deep.

Mammoth Cave: Violet City lantern tour

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Mammoth Cave: Violet City lantern tour

After collecting the lanterns to lighten him up, Ranger Stephen explains the history of this underground chamber at Mammoth Cave National Park. The group is about two miles into a cave system that runs 420 miles.

Underground waterfall at Mammoth Cave NP

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Underground waterfall at Mammoth Cave NP

There is little light in this giant cavern. This is a handheld shot of water managing to seep through sandstone, shale and finally limestone from the dome above.

A Cave Opening Where the River Styx Flows (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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A Cave Opening Where the River Styx Flows (Mammoth Cave National Park)

Green River Ferry.

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Green River Ferry.

Taken at the Green River Ferry Crossing we went by to check on the progress it's suppose to open again next month.
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Work on the Ferry Crossing.

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Work on the Ferry Crossing.

Taken at the Green River Ferry Crossing we went by to check on the progress it's suppose to open again next month.
Thank you for your visit comments and faves much appreciated!
Have a good day!

Sloan's Pond Drying Up.

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Sloan's Pond Drying Up.

Taken at Sloan's Pond in Mammoth Cave National Park we haven't had a good rain for a month and the water's really low.
Only saw three frogs on our walk around.

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Frog Face.

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Frog Face.

Taken at Sloan's Pond in Mammoth Cave National Park we haven't had a good rain for a month and the water's really low.
Only saw three frogs on our walk around.

Thank you for your visit comments and faves much appreciated!
Have a nice Monday!

Mammoth Dome Sink and a Forest Backdrop (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Mammoth Dome Sink and a Forest Backdrop (Mammoth Cave National Park)

A Sanctuary for White-tailed Deer

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A Sanctuary for White-tailed Deer

Can you spot the white-tailed deer?
Echo River Spring Trail
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White-tailed Deer at Mammoth Cave Park

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White-tailed Deer at Mammoth Cave Park

Next to the Green River Ferry Road.
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