Mammoth Cave National Park has the longest underground cave system in the world. It has been a popular tourist destination since 1816.
I remember going to Mammoth Cave in elementary school and later in high school with my parents. I was excited for my boys to experience this incredible wonder.
We decided to take the Frozen Niagara Tour. It’s a very popular tour and I would recommend getting reservations ahead of time.
Learn More About Mammoth Cave at the Visitor Center
While you are waiting for your tour time you can learn more about caves in the information area.
You walk a short distance outside of the Visitor Center and then wait at the shelter for your tour bus to arrive.
We drove for several miles and then approached the locked cave entrance. It would be easy to pass by it without noticing it.
This tour takes you to the decorative area of the cave. The cave entrance was created in 1924.
This tour is shorter in comparison but takes you to the most decorative area of the cave. It’s called the Frozen Niagara Tour because the formations look like a waterfall.
This tour is great if you have kids or older people in your group because it’s a reasonable length and it’s also rated easy for its level of difficulty.
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease in bats that is killing these vital animals by the millions, is a potential threat to Mammoth Cave and the bats that live here. The Park’s efforts to prevent WNS here may affect what you can wear or bring with you into the cave. Clothing, footwear and handheld items that have previously been worn in caves or mines in certain areas may not be brought into Mammoth Cave.
Step on the mat, and save a bat. After the cave tour, each individual is required to walk across a bio mat with a mixture that helps prevent the spread of spores.
Frozen Niagara Tour
Often the perfect taste of Mammoth Cave is for visitors with very small children, elderly family members, or others who cannot walk long distances. Not sure you like close spaces? Have trouble walking or managing long staircases? This short visit through this very heavily decorated part of Mammoth Cave might be best for you.
This section of the cave is seen in its entirety on the Domes & Dripstones, Introduction to Caving and Wild Cave Tours.
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Distance: 1/4 mile
Total Stairs: 12, plus an optional 98
Tour Capacity: 39
Tour Times: (9:00 Sat./Sun.), 10:00, 12:00, 3:00
You can find out more about Mammoth Cave from their website.
Mammoth Cave is located at 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
Disclosure: I was given a media pass for my admission for review purposes. All opinions are my own.