Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park

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Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park

On the Wild Cave Tour at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, guide Jacob Bolton squeezes through a narrow chute while leading a tour.

Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park

On the Wild Cave Tour at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, guide Jacob Bolton squeezes through a narrow chute while leading a tour.
If you Go

Mammoth Cave National Park, 1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy.
(270) 758-2180, nps.gov/maca/index.htm
In addition to the obvious attraction, the park boasts more than 80 miles of hiking trails, and the Green River is a favorite with paddlers. Nine cave tours are being offered this fall, including River Styx and Gothic Avenue, as well as the Frozen Niagara and Domes and Dripstones tours. (The Grand Avenue Trail rehabilitation project will disrupt several of the park’s cave tours; the Wild Cave Tour has been suspended through the project’s first phase.) Open year-round, 24 hours daily; no entrance fee. Fall visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time. The cost of cave tours ranges from $14 to $20 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $6 to $15 for ages 6 to 12; free for kids 5 and under. Book in advance, as tours fill quickly. Families should call ahead to see whether tours have age restrictions.

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