• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

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Rue Anemone and Blue Phlox
Rue Anemone and Blue Phlox
Fire Pink

Fire Pink

The river bottoms, narrow valleys, sinks, hillsides, and ridgetops come alive with a carpet of color in the spring as happens and is celebrated in our other Eastern Parks. Beginning in late February and before the end of March, more than 60 species of herbaceous wildflowers are in flower to start the Spring extravaganza of color. Highlighting this Spring show are such species as Spring Beauty , Twinleaf, Hepatica, Yellow Corydalis, Violets, Trout Lily, Bluebells, May-Apple, Columbine, Phlox, Wild Geranium, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Trillium, Wood Poppy, Fire Pink, Larkspur, Squirrel Corn, Wild Hyacinth, Synandra, Coral Root Orchid, Yellow Lady Slipper, Crested Dwarf Iris, Showy Orchis, and many more.

Did You Know?

Did You Know? Native Americans mined minerals in Mammoth Cave for 2,000 years.

Native Americans of the Early Woodland period gathered minerals from Mammoth Cave between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago ... no one knows why. Objects they left behind – slippers, cane torches, gourds, and mussel shells – remain perfectly preserved in the cave.