RV Road Trip to Mammoth Cave National Park

The scenic roads of southern Kentucky are an RV road trip destination in themselves. Mix in the wonders of Mammoth Cave National Park and you’ll score big points with RV travelers of any age. Less than two hours north of Nashville and three hours south of Indianapolis on I-65, Mammoth Cave is easy to find and even easier to enjoy.

Once you’ve made your way to the gates of this National Park, plan plenty of time to see everything it has to offer. Not simply the home of enormous underground caverns, Mammoth Cave National Park is a perfect snapshot of Kentucky’s natural beauty.

Mammoth Cave Tours
Let’s start our virtual tour with a visit to the caverns themselves. The National Park Service presents a rotating series of guided cave tours, depending on the season. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Frozen Niagara Tour: This quarter-mile tour enters the cave near an awesome travertine formation known as “Frozen Niagara.” You’ll also see the Crystal Lake, Rainbow Dome and Drapery Room formations on this short visit into the wonders of Mammoth Cave.
  • Grand Avenue Tour: Put on some comfortable walking shoes and plan to stay underground for nearly five hours on this spectacular tour to many of Mammoth Cave’s best sights. It’s a steep climb up and down, so families with small children will want to pick a different tour.
  • Historic Tour: Hearty cave explorers will want to take this two-mile walking tour past attractions such as Mammoth Dome, Broadway Avenue and the Bottomless Pit. This hike requires climbing more than four-hundred steps, and takes you into the lowest level of the caverns.
  • Violet City Lantern Tour: This three-mile, three-hour tour by lantern light will transport you back to the early days of the Cave’s exploration. No better way to get a feel for the enormity of Mammoth Cave and its significance in history.

There are also tours for the truly serious cave explorer and ways to glimpse some of the area’s underground wonders for persons with disabilities.

Mammoth Cave Area Attractions
In addition to spectacular sights below ground, Mammoth Cave National Park features numerous natural attractions to explore. The Green River cuts through the heart of the Park (consider taking the historic rural ferry ride) and provides plenty of sights worth hiking for. Of special interest: Green River Bluffs overlook, Cedar Sink and Sand Cave. More than two dozen trails reveal their secrets to hikers throughout the National Park.

RV Camping at Mammoth Cave National Park
The wooded hills within the National Park’s boundaries enhance your vacation experience by providing picturesque campgrounds. Motorhome campers will find campsites both rustic and well-equipped at Mammoth Cave National Park. Visit the Mammoth Cave National Park website for more information about campground reservations.

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