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.
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.
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).
Where are we now?
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:
- Days 106-109: A Quick Visit to Huntington, West Virginia
- Days 104 & 105: Urban Camping in Jersey City
- Days 102 & 103: That’s What She Said: A Visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Days 96-101: Sidelined by Illness in Buffalo
- Day 95: Niagra Falls on a Rainy Day