• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Laws & Policies

A number of laws and policies are in place to ensure the success of the mission of the National Park Service here at Mammoth Cave National Park—to preserve the natural scenery, the wildlife, and the historic places and objects here, and to provide for the safe public enjoyment of them in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

Some of these laws and policies govern what can be done in the park or what can be brought into the park; below are some of the more commonly asked-about issues of law and policy for this park.

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.