Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the longest cave system in the world, standing at a staggering 412 miles long. The park and cave are located in southern Kentucky, about 2 hours south of Lexington and an hour and a half north of Nashville by car.
The only way to enter the cave is by purchasing a ticket for a ranger lead tour. There are many tours to choose from throughout the day, but they sell out quickly. I would recommend purchasing tickets in advance if there is a specific tour you want to go on. We went on the Domes & Dripstones tour. Its a great way to see a lot of what makes Mammoth Cave special, including the extremely popular Frozen Niagara. The only downside to this tour is you don’t get to see the large caverns that inspired the caves name. The Domes & Dripstones tour is about two hours long, and is relatively easy to get through, I mean if my 7 year old brother can do it, it can’t be that hard right? There are a lot of stairs on this route, but you get through most of them upon entering the cave.
Enjoy the photos I took during our caving adventure!
This was the biggest cavern we saw on the tour. It was right after the initial decent into the cave, and the rangers gave us a lot of information about how limestone caves are formed!
The people who discovered the cave, and many explorers after them, actually signed their names into the cave wall. While this is frowned upon now (seriously, don’t try it) its a great way to learn about more about the cavers who came before us.
The Frozen Niagara was the real highlight of the cave experience. We got to see a lot of different cave formations in a really small space and it created a gorgeous picture.
As far as a cave experience goes, you can’t go wrong with Mammoth Cave. There are tons of ways to see the cave, all ranging in depth and difficulty, so you’ll absolutely find something that will fit your needs. I 100% recommend getting a tour that includes the Frozen Niagara, or adding it on after your tour, you won’t be disappointed.
To see all the cave tours available and what is allowed into the cave, take a look at the NPS website.
Have you ever been to Mammoth Cave? Planning a visit? Let me know in the comments!