• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

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Alcohol Policy

The consumption of alcoholic beverages in all public buildings in the park, aboard all vessels carrying passengers for hire, and in all caves is prohibited, except the consumption and/or possession of alcohol at concessions facilities and park facilities as authorized by the Superintendent.



Edmonson, Hart, and Barren Counties are "dry", except for Cave City, in which individual restaurants may serve alcoholic beverages by the glass.

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.