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“Nature meets modern at best”

Mammoth Cave National Park
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Owner description: A mysterious limestone cave that has fascinated people for 4,000 years.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed overnight in the lodge. Well worth it. Trails for hiking, wildlife, shops for souvenirs and eateries are all easily available. The cave tours book up fast so book a reservation online to be sure in getting a slot. If you have Senior Pass use it to save 50 per cent off your tour price.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You need to purchase your tickets in advance for this tour. I waited until one week before our trip and was not able to get in to the 9:00 weekday tour so we went on the 11:00. There are only two Grand tours per weekday. We were there early and checked to see if there were any cancellations or no shows for the 9:00 but even if someone no shows they cannot sell you or trade you in to their spot.
There were about 80 people on this tour from probably ages 9 ish up to 65 ish. There were a lot of stairs and a few of the hills certainly get your heart rate up. I read some reviews that said the tour was fast paced but ours was intermittently so but enough that at times I definitely had to take my jacket off. The males in our group did fine with shorts and a t-shirt. This is a dry cave and so it does not have the formations that somewhere like Carlsbad does. It just has miles and miles of pathway and is really pretty neat but not a lot to look at. I barely took any pictures. You do go through different formations of rock such as tubes and canyons etc. There are two bathroom, water fountain breaks and no food is allowed in the cave. You are allowed to carry in water. Note that the timing of the tours, 9 & 11 will mean you need to eat well, before you go in. The lighting is dim but that kind of adds to the atmosphere while also making some steps be steps of faith. In some places the dirt is so hard packed that it is slick and on one portion of pathway you really will need the handrail on the steep slick walkway. We were ready to be done by the end. As someone that likes to hike I would have enjoyed it better with a much much smaller group and much quicker paced. Overall, I do recommend this tour, though. One point about the parking is that it is not extremely big rig friendly. We were a 42 foot unit pulling a 20 foot trailer. If you don’t get there early and have the whole parking lot to work with you will have to make some short tight turns to get in to the RV section of the lot.

Thank Shannon C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have lived in Georgia for 40
years, but never made the 4 hour drive to Mammoth Cave National Park until last week. I was blown away! The caves are vast, the visitor center is amazing, and the property is beautiful.
We stayed in the Historic Cottages and they were well appointed and comfy. We ate the Green River Grill and were stuffed with good food.
We enjoyed the ranger talk at the amphitheater and a few short walks on the boardwalk trails. The following morning we did the Domes and Dripstone tour. Our guide was a young man with Americorp. He was excellent. Two things: make reservations for the tours in advance because they sell out and plan to stay longer than we did! There is so much to do and see. Luckily we are only a few hours away and can go back again soon.
I was very impressed with the recycling efforts of this park.

Thank Kathryn N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, haven’t visited Mammoth Cave for over 3 decades. It has really changed and grown. Tours must be booked in advance as they are packed and the park offers lots of choices. There are various venues for staying at the park too from camping to rooms to primitive cottages. Loads of hiking trails and mountain bike paths. You need way more than a day to take it all in, plan to stay at least 3!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Mammoth cave in january but suprisingly we were not the only one on the tours. We did Frozen Niagara tour where you can see some open cave areas and amazing stalagtites and stalagmites. We also did Historic tour where you can learn from really authentic stories and see awesome gypsum flower formations.

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