Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park by Wangkun Jia via Shutterstock.

Mammoth Cave National Park, in Kentucky, is home to the world’s longest cave system. With its intricate passageways and grand chambers, it invites subterranean exploration.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Kentucky
Area: 52,830 acres (213.8 sq km) – 48th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mammoth Cave Ridge – 925 ft (281.94 m)
Lowest Elevation: Green River – 421 ft (128.32 m)
Date Established: July 1, 1941
Annual Visitors: 663,147 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Brownsville, Kentucky

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Mammoth Cave National Park.

  1. Cave tours, exploring vast underground chambers
  2. Canoeing or kayaking on the Green River
  3. Horseback riding on park trails
  4. Attending ranger-led evening campfire programs
  5. Wildlife viewing, especially in the early morning and evening

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Mammoth Cave National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Mammoth Cave National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Mammoth Cave National Park

After hiking and exploring Mammoth Cave National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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