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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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.

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.

Mammoth Cave National Park Photos

Left Behind.

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Left Behind.

We had a picnic in the park yesterday and saw this doll in the fireplace.
Happy Wednesday!

Walking the Steps with Railing Leading Down to the Historical Cave Entrance (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Walking the Steps with Railing Leading Down to the Historical Cave Entrance (Mammoth Cave National Park)

I'd have a chance to walk further down and explore part of the cave the following day!

Audubon Avenue and a Giant Canyon Passage (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Audubon Avenue and a Giant Canyon Passage (Mammoth Cave National Park)

An HDR image I processed from an original RAW/NEF image captured with my Nikon SLR camera. I felt it best brought out richer colors and a larger dynamic range for the image. I could later export a TIFF image and work with some color control points in Capture NX2 for the final image seen.

Star Lily

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Star Lily

The lilies are blooming all over this time of year, this one was at the park.
Have a lovely Sunday and week ahead.

On a Carpet of Fallen Leaves to Direct My Path... (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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On a Carpet of Fallen Leaves to Direct My Path... (Mammoth Cave National Park)

An image where I got down low to capture an image looking across the fallen leaves on the hiking path I was on to the west of the Visitor Center area in Mammoth Cave National Park. What I visualized with this setting was a look across with a closed down aperture where only the leaves would be in focus. The forest off in the distance would be just a little blurred.

Web on the ferry boat.

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Web on the ferry boat.

The Green River Ferry at the park was down for two weeks due to low water the spiders took over.
Have a good weekend!

Green River and a Forest of Trees (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Green River and a Forest of Trees (Mammoth Cave National Park)

With a shorten time frame for walking and exploring this part of the national park, I didn't have a lot of chances to take in much of the views while walking the Green River Bluffs Trail. So from this high bluff, I took advantage of the perspective to capture this look across the Green River to a hillside of trees on the other side. With some work with color control points in Capture NX2, I was able to bring out much more fo the vibrant greens I imagined on a non-overcast day.

Young Grey Squirriel.

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Young Grey Squirriel.

Taken at a picnic in the park it's enjoying a piece of Brenda's homemade sweet potato bisket.
Have a good week.

A Forest Wilderness and the River Styx (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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A Forest Wilderness and the River Styx (Mammoth Cave National Park)

A Setting of Wildflowers and Trees While Walking the Echo River Spring Trail (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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A Setting of Wildflowers and Trees While Walking the Echo River Spring Trail (Mammoth Cave National Park)

Chipmunk.

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Chipmunk.

Seen on a hike in the park.
Have a nice Thursday!

Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

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Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

Taken this week at Sloan's Pond.
Have a great day!

I Will Not Rant When I Walk Amongst the Trees and Forest (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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I Will Not Rant When I Walk Amongst the Trees and Forest (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. In a previous image captured at this point, I'd included two hikers to my front as a way of alluding to time spent with another in the forest and hillsides. With this image, I wanted to capture more of a setting of communion with the wildness of nature around me. It was just the forest and me and a chance to walk, daydream and enjoy a few hours of hearing only my footsteps and the occasional breeze of wind going through the trees.

I Sought to Speak with the Elders Statesmen of the Woods While Listening to the Words with Each Passing Wind (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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I Sought to Speak with the Elders Statesmen of the Woods While Listening to the Words with Each Passing Wind (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. I decided to get up on this small rise next to the trail and was then able to capture more of a sweeping view to my front by angling my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward. My thought was to capture the greens and yellows of the forest all around me while using the hiking trail as a leading line to direct the eyes forward into the image.

Love is All! But Being Around Some Tall Trees Is Also Pretty Sweet! (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Love is All! But Being Around Some Tall Trees Is Also Pretty Sweet! (Mammoth Cave National Park)

Part of some daydreams going through my mind while walking some of the trails to the west of the Visitor Center in Mammoth Cave National Park. In this area, there was this seemingly perfect convergence of trees above me, so composing the image was a matter of rotating myself around until I could capture that angle of trees coming together. Metering this image was a little trickier as there was a very large dynamic range with the overcast skies and more shadowed area under the tree canopy. I went with an average/mean shutter speed in Manual mode. My feeling was that if I did lose any highlights, it would have a minimal effect given there wasn't much details with the overcast skies. I could then more easily pull colors and details out in trees and leaves without using an HDR program. I worked entirely in Capture NX2 for the final image, using a Foliage, Skylight and Pro Contrast CEP set of filters.

Snakes Mating.

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Snakes Mating.

Taken on a walk around Sloan's pond We've seen snakes every time we've been this Spring.
Have a good day.

White-tailed Deer

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White-tailed Deer

Walking right in front of me...as if I weren't there!!
Green River Bluffs Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA

Heritage Trail, the Sunset Point Loop

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Heritage Trail, the Sunset Point Loop

Heritage Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA

Bring Me to Live Amongst the Trees and Hills (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Bring Me to Live Amongst the Trees and Hills (Mammoth Cave National Park)

Sunset Point located along the myriad of trails to the west of the Visitor Center area in Mammoth Cave National Park. The image itself is what I could best compose with the tall grass to my front and then a view beyond to some hillsides across the national park and this part of the Central Cumberland Plateau. Given the overcast skies present that day, I decided to see what I might be able to bring out using Aurora HDR 2019. My thinking was that using the program to produce what amounted to a single HDR image and then export the TIFF image to work in Capture NX2. Then I could add a Foliage, Skylight and Pro Contrast for the final image seen here.

The Undergrowth of the Forest at Cedar Sink

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The Undergrowth of the Forest at Cedar Sink

This deciduous forest had mostly maples, oaks, hickories, and ash trees.
Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.