Mammoth Cave National Park
There's Only One...Mammoth Cave National Park.
One of the most popular attractions in Kentucky, Mammoth Cave National Park was established to preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers, and a portion of the hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 400 miles explored and mapped. Admission to the national park is free. A fee is charged for camping and cave tours. Activities include cave tours, hiking, horseback riding, biking, picnicking, camping, backcountry camping, canoeing, fishing, and some of the most pleasurable driving in Kentucky. Mammoth Cave National Park's overnight accommodations include campgrounds and hotel facilities.
The cave has a long and storied history beginning with the native people of North America, and as western Europeans began to settle a young United States, the cave became a tourist destination of increasing popularity. But what many people don't realize is that several of Mammoth Cave's most important guides and explorers of the 19th and early 20th centuries were African American. Today, Mammoth Cave may be explored through several different guided tours.