Alert - Mammoth Cave is in an area highly endemic to histoplasmosis
Histoplasmosis is a serious infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Infants and immunocompromised persons are especially vulnerable. Click the link for more information. More »
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?
Mammoth Cave National Park contains more than 70 miles of backcountry trails through forested Kentucky hills for hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists. Several frontcountry trails lead to special places like Cedar Sink, Sand Cave, and Turnhole Bend.