Hiking in Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the world’s largest known cave system. It is also the 8th National Park that Daniel and I visited on our road trip this year.

I’ll be honest. I’m not the biggest fan of caves. I don’t actively actively dislike them or anything, I just don’t find caves especially compelling.

Since we were in a hurry to get south before winter set in, our visit was brief. I decided to skip the cave tour (which seems like a bad idea anyway during a pandemic) and go on a hike instead.

Welcome to Mammoth Cave National Park!

The Cabin in the Woods

Daniel and I arrived at Mammoth Caves National Park just before a storm hit. There was no room in the campground since we arrived on the weekend. We booked a cute little cottage next to the visitor center and hid out from the rain until morning.

Our tiny cabin at Mammoth Cave National Park
The main building for the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. This is next to the visitor center.
Historic National Park poster. This is as close as we got to seeing inside Mammoth Cave.
The entrance to Mammoth Cave as seen from up the hill on a hiking trail

Hiking the White Cave, Sinkhole, and Heritage Trails

The next day, I went for a hike. We planned to hit the road around noon so it was a short one. There were plenty of trails to explore near the visitor center so all I had to do was walk out the front door.

I started on a trail towards the campground until I found the White Cave Trail. White Cave is currently closed, but I got to see the entrance. From there I joined the Sinkhole Trail. This led to the Mammoth Dome Sink, a dip in the ground which was formed by water making its way into the cavern below.

At the end of the path, I briefly explored the Heritage Trail before heading back. This short wheelchair-accessible trail leads the Sunset Point Overlook. It’s the best viewpoint I encountered on my hike today (although there wasn’t much of a view today).

White Cave
The entrance to White Cave is currently sealed off
White Cave Trail
Mammoth Dome Sink
Scenic overlook on the Sinkhole Trail
View from Sunset Point Overlook
Heritage Trail

Where are we now?

We are in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky!

Dates: October 23 & 24, 2020
Great American Road Trip Status: Days 110 & 111
Total Trip Mileage: 7947.9

Day 110 Starting Location: Beech Fork State Park – Barboursville, WV
Day 110 Ending Location: Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky
Day 110 Miles Traveled: 263.6

Day 111 Starting Location: Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky
Day 111 Ending Location: Graceland RV Park & Campground – Memphis, TN
Day 111 Miles Traveled: 291.8

For more details on our Great America (Socially Distanced) Road Trip, see my previous posts:

4 thoughts

  1. Damn, if I knew you were crossing KY and so close to Cincinnati I would have invited you over for dinner. Love reading about your adventures! If you come near Cincinnati again and need a place to stay, let me know. Phil (aka Capt Underpants)

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