On this mile-long trip, you will explore an underground stream, discover unique cave animals and trek through Hidden River Cave. Professional, well-trained guides take you 150 feet underground and off-trail on a first-hand look at cave ecology and karst hydrology. The tour features an underground stream, domed rooms, narrow passageways, cave formations, cave adapted animals (including crayfish and cave fish) and historical artifacts. The Adventure Tour includes strenuous hiking through muddy and wet cave passages, in addition to crawling, stooping and climbing over rocks. Adventure Tours are not recommended for anyone with claustrophobia, breathing or walking difficulties.Caving helmets and lights are provided. Participants must wear boots, gloves, warm clothing, and be prepared to get muddy. Youths must be at least 12 years of age; and adult must accompany 12 -18 year olds. Advanced reservations are required. 2-hour and 3-hours Adventure Tours available.
Featured on The Discovery Channel's "Dirty jobs" series, Hidden River Cave is an 8-mile labyrinth dissolved by a subterranean river flowing beneath the historic small town of Horse Cave. In 1867, famed naturalist John Muir called it "a noble gateway to the birthplace of springs and fountains and the dark treasures of the mineral kingdom." Adjacent is the American Cave Museum, honored by The Nature Conservancy Magazine as "a little bit of Smithsonian in rural Kentucky." The museum is the largest museum in the world dedicated to caves.