Historic Cave Tour- Mammoth Cave National Park {Kentucky}

This weekend took us up to the beautiful Mammoth Cave National Park. This is the longest cave system in the world and it has been drawing the curious explorers for over 4,000 years. Established as a national park in 1941, a world heritage site in 1981, and an international biosphere reserve in 1990. Is it any wonder then that so many people have traveled to Kentucky to wonder at its immensity.

Because of Covid, they were only offering one tour that they have made to be self-guided through the main part of the caves. Normally, there are about 20 or so different tours that you can take ranging from an easy walk through along the main part of the caves to extreme options that have you climbing tight spaces or diving into the water at the very bottom. Because of the limited availability of tours, it is strongly recommended to reserve your tickets online beforehand to make sure that you can get into the tour. We arrived a little before our scheduled time and made our way to the Pavillion A where a ranger gave us a safety briefing before we made our way down to the cave entrance. Each small group was allowed down the path towards the entrance with space between the other groups. We got to the cave entrance- which in itself if a fantastic sight- and made our way down the stairs into the cave below.

We took the Historic Cave tour which leads visitors down on a Y-shaped path along the big open areas of the caves. Mammoth Cave has over 400 miles of underground trails and caves- a lot of which has yet to be explored. Rangers are posted throughout the trails to give information and answer questions. Mammoth Cave is absolutely incredible and it is an experience that everyone should have at some point.

{Know if you go:: Be sure to wear layers in the cave- it can get very chilly beneath the surface. Be aware of your own health to make sure that you can handle stairs or being underground or anything else. There are medical personnel on site if needed. Be sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time to make sure you can get on the tour. You can reserve tickets at: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234640 }

For more info on this incredible park, then check out:: https://www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm and https://mammothcave.com/

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