• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

News Releases


On this page are the latest press releases from Mammoth Cave National Park. For further information on any of these items, please contact the park's Public Information Officer.


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July 09, 2014
Eagle Scout installs horse rest area on Collie Ridge Trail
Thanks to Eagle Scout Michael Kern, Mammoth Cave National Park has a new horse trailside rest-area along Collie Ridge Trail, deep in the park’s backcountry. Kern planned and constructed 10 hitching posts to earn his Eagle Scout designation.

June 27, 2014
Sewage from May 27 spill detected inside Mammoth Cave
Sewage from a spill on May 27, 2014, has been detected inside Mammoth Cave. Following the spill, park staff began collecting water samples above and below ground. Samples collected on June 16 showed elevated levels of the bacteria Escherichia coli (E.coli), a common indicator of sewage. Levels of E.coli in subsequent samples returned to lower, background levels, but then rose following storm events.

June 02, 2014
Mammoth Cave NP begins public scoping for cave management plan
Mammoth Cave National Park Acting Superintendent Russell Runge announced planning has begun for development of a cave management plan for the park. The park is now seeking public comment regarding the scope of the plan, June 2 through July, 31, 2014.

May 23, 2014
Mammoth Cave celebrates Big Hollow Trail June 7
Saturday, June 7, is National Trails Day, the perfect day to celebrate a new backcountry feature at Mammoth Cave – Big Hollow Trail. Park staff and trail enthusiasts will gather at the Maple Springs Trailhead at 10:00 a.m. to hear a few remarks and to cut a ribbon on Big Hollow Trail.

April 04, 2014
Trail work begins on lower end of First Creek Trail
1.5 miles of First Creek Trail, from Temple Hill Trailhead to the bridge near First Creek Lake, will be closed for the next six weeks while an American Conservation Experience work crew repairs and rebuilds the trail.

April 03, 2014
Go Wild for Mammoth Cave National Park
Go Wild! – for hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, canoeing and cave tours at Mammoth Cave National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. Free Discovery cave tours on April 19 and 20; GoWildflower Day April 19; Jr Ranger Day April 26.

March 31, 2014
Be a Project Budburst observer
Mammoth Cave National Park as a Project Budburst Partner is asking the public to watch and record the leafing, flowering and fruiting cycles of ten plant species. Project Budburst is a network of people, citizen scientists, across the United States who monitor plants and collect ecological data as the seasons change.

March 24, 2014
Raymer Hollow Trail reroute complete
Seventeen American Hiking Society volunteers and a crew of Great Onyx Job Corps urban forestry students worked in Mammoth Cave National Park last week to reroute a mired section of Raymer Hollow Trail. The work is complete and the trail is open again.

March 21, 2014
Park releases FONSI on hotel improvements
Superintendent Sarah Craighead announced today the next step toward completing the Mammoth Cave National Park Improvements to Concession Facilities environmental assessment: a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Preferred Alternative has been signed by NPS Regional Director Stan Austin and is now posted online.

March 06, 2014
Mammoth Cave NP creates $40.4 million in economic benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 508,054 visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2012 spent $40.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 574 jobs in the local area.

March 05, 2014
Dave Wyrick leads Mammoth Cave guides
Dave Wyrick is the chief of interpretation and visitor services at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

February 24, 2014
White-nose syndrome found in tour routes of Mammoth Cave
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that is deadly to bats, has been found to be present along the toured passageways of Mammoth Cave. Park staff discovered WNS in remote sections of Mammoth Cave last year, including colonial hibernacula.

February 12, 2014
Safety concerns cause temporary closure of Raymer Hollow Trail
Park staff have determined the best way to deal with a large mud-mire that has developed along Raymer Hollow Trail is to temporarily close the 6.2-mile trail in the backcountry of Mammoth Cave National Park.

July 30, 2013
Tween researchers explore citizen science at Mammoth Cave National Park
This summer, 24 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from the Dayton Regional STEM School in Kettering, Ohio, completed an intensive, hands-on, three-week course focused on the science and history of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. The Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning facilitated their trip and literally immersed the students in caves, ponds, and research through citizen science.

Did You Know?

Did You Know? - Mammoth Cave is the world's longest known cave.

Mammoth Cave is the world's longest known cave, with more than 400 miles of interconnected passages—so long that if the second and third longest caves in the world were joined together, Mammoth Cave would still be the planet's longest cave and have more than 100 miles left over!