Monday, July 15, 2024
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Explore Mammoth Cave for National Park Week

National Park Week begins this Saturday April 16th and runs through Sunday April 24th. Travelers familiar with US national parks have likely already been to Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion, so we sought out a lesser-known site for the adventurers out there and came across Mammoth Cave National Park.

Located three hours from Covington, Kentucky, and 45 minutes outside of Bowling Green, Mammoth Cave offers visitors 420 miles of passageways. It is, in fact, the world’s longest known cave system.

Credit: NPS/ David Kem

The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. With more than 80 miles of hiking trails, travelers are sure to be impressed by all the natural beauty on display. Visitors are invited to go canoeing or kayaking on the Green and Nolin Rivers. They are also welcome to horseback ride, camp, birdwatch and so much more.

The best part? It’s all free! There is no entrance fee to access the park. Spring is also wildflower season at Mammoth Cave. The trails are sure to be bursting with color this time of year, making it a perfect time to plan your visit.

For adventure enthusiasts looking to spend all of National Park Week underground, Mammoth Cave isn’t the only option available to you in Southern Kentucky (they call it ‘cave country’ for a reason!). Novice and master spelunkers can visit Lost River Cave in Bowling Green (home to the state’s only underground boat tour), or visit Hidden River Cave with the world’s longest swinging underground bridge.

Lost River Cave

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you get to experience the great outdoors this upcoming week. Happy exploring!

Vacationer Staff

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