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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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August 11, 2014
Free Mammoth Passage tours on August 25
Happy 98th birthday NPS! Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Monday, August 25, in recognition of Founders Day, the founding day of the National Park Service.

July 29, 2014
TNC meets and works at Mammoth Cave NP
Staff members of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Kentucky Chapter visited Mammoth Cave National Park last weekend to view the work TNC has accomplished within the park, and as an orientation for the group’s new state director, David Phemister. Also attending were six high school students from Atlanta, Ga., interning with TNC through its Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, or LEAF. This week, TNC staff will be back at Mammoth Cave to remove invasive plants from the park barrens, near Park City.

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 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 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.

Did You Know?

Park entry sign.

Mammoth Cave is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America. Tours of Mammoth Cave have been offered since 1816.