• 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?

Eyeless cave fish

Creatures that spend their entire lives in Mammoth Cave adapt to the dark world. Some types of cave fish, for example, do not grow eyes – supporting these extra unnecessary organs would consume precious energy in their nutrient-poor environment.