Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

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VISIT Mammoth Cave National Park:

The grounds outside Mammoth Cave National Park is home to dense hardwood forest. However, beneath the park’s ground lies the main attraction. Mammoth Cave National Park features the world’s most extensive cave system in the world. With nearly 400 miles of mapped passageways and probably hundreds more that have been undiscovered, no known cave in the world is even half the size of Mammoth.

Mammoth Cave was a tourist attraction as early as 1816, making it the second-oldest tourist site behind Niagara Falls, NY.

Where to Stay While Visiting

If you want to stay inside the park, The Lodge at Mammoth Cave is your only option. If that lodge is full or you’d prefer to find other accommodations, here are a few nearby towns that have options:

  • Park City, KY (9 miles away)
  • Cave City, KY (11 miles)
  • Brownsville, KY (14 miles)
  • Smiths Grove, KY (17 miles)

Park Details

Mammoth Cave National Park was established on May 25, 1926, and has a total area of 52,830 acres (83 square miles, or 214 square kilometers).

Address 1 Visitor Center Parkway, Mammoth Cave, KY, 42259
Phone270 758-2180
HoursPark open 24/7, but cave tours are from 8am to 5pm
Entrance FeeFree to enter park. Cave tours $6-$66
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Mammoth Cave National Park is the 117th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Mammoth Cave National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Mammoth Cave National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Mammoth Cave National Park are October, September, August & June.

Park Visits9,29711,48336,66347,67842,12863,25496,98547,23149,59457,38433,89320,185
Avg Temp454958687683878680695847
Max Temp626675818691959590827463
Avg Temp293239485866696860504032
Min Temp101320294153595643322414
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Mammoth Cave National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Mammoth Cave National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Mammoth Cave & Smoky Mountains5368

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park31 mi
Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument75 mi
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial81 mi
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area91 mi
Stones River National Battlefield92 mi
Camp Nelson National Monument92 mi
Obed Wild and Scenic River103 mi
Fort Donelson National Battlefield109 mi
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park130 mi
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park139 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Mammoth Cave National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Mammoth Cave - Mammoth Cave National ParkMammoth Cave, KY more 0 miles
Houchins Ferry - Mammoth Cave National ParkBrownsville, KY more 8 miles
Dog Creek - Nolin River LakeCub Run, KY more 10 miles
Nolin River State ParkMammoth Cave, KY more 10 miles
Wax - Nolin River LakeMunfordville, KY more 11 miles
Moutardier - Nolin River LakeLeitchfield, KY more 12 miles
Beaver Creek - GlasgowBowling Green, KY more 18 miles
Narrows Boat Ramp - DFWRGlasgow, KY more 20 miles
Barren River TailwaterScottsville, KY more 20 miles
The Narrows - Barren River LakeLucas, KY more 20 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Mammoth Cave National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Paoli PeaksPaoli, IN900 ft30%97 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Mammoth Cave National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Louisville Muhammad Ali International AirportSDFLouisville, KY71 mi
Nashville International AirportBNANashville, TN80 mi
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportCVGCincinnati / Covington, KY150 mi
Indianapolis International AirportINDIndianapolis, IN175 mi
St. Louis Lambert International AirportSTLSt Louis, MO256 mi
John Glenn Columbus International AirportCMHColumbus, OH260 mi
Memphis International AirportMEMMemphis, TN262 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Owensboro Daviess County AirportOWBOwensboro, KY70 mi
Evansville Regional AirportEVVEvansville, IN98 mi
Blue Grass AirportLEXLexington, KY101 mi
Barkley Regional AirportPAHPaducah, KY147 mi
McGhee Tyson AirportTYSKnoxville, TN150 mi
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (Lovell Field)CHAChattanooga, TN157 mi
Huntsville International Carl T Jones FieldHSVHuntsville, AL180 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.