• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Wildflowers

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?

Tuberculosis Hut in Mammoth Cave

In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.