• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Go Wild for Mammoth Cave National Park

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Date: April 3, 2014
Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. April 2, 2014 – 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. To get the celebration going, the park will offer free Discovery cave tours on April 19 and 20. "The theme for National Park Week this year is 'Go Wild' and it certainly is a good fit at Mammoth Cave," said Russell Runge, acting superintendent at Mammoth Cave NP.

"The trails, the rivers, and the cave all beckon travelers and local folks alike to check this place out for themselves. Two special events offering nature walks, displays and workshops will help you get outside and enjoy the Kentucky springtime." 

Free Discovery cave tours are offered are on Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20. Visitors will need to pick up their free Discovery Tour tickets at the visitor center ticket office between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. CT, and then walk to the Historic Entrance to begin their tour. Being a self-guided cave tour, the Discovery Tour gives visitors the freedom to travel at a brisk walk or a slow stroll. Visitors will navigate the steep hill to and from the cave entrance, as well as 64 steps into and out of the cave. Allow at least 30 minutes for the tour, ¾-mile round trip from the visitor center. Ranger guides are stationed along the route inside the cave to answer questions. 

In addition to regularly scheduled cave tours and ranger-led surface walks, Mammoth Cave staff have added special activities on GoWildflower Day, Saturday, April 19, and on Junior Ranger Day, April 26. All activities begin at the visitor center unless otherwise indicated. 

The April 19 GoWildflower Day schedule follows: 
8:30 Birding for Beginners and Families 
8:30 Cedar Sink Hike (meet at the Cedar Sink trail head) 
9:30 Nature Tracks: Rotten Log Study 
9:30 Heritage Walk 
10:30 Ridge to River Hike 
11:00 The Art of Wildflowers 
12:00 Nature Tracks: Forest Families 
1:30 Cedar Sink Hike (meet at the Cedar Sink trail head) 
1:30 Advanced Wildflower and Photography Hike 
2:00 Nature Tracks: Hide and Seek 

The April 26 Junior Ranger Day schedule follows: 
8:30 Cedar Sink Hike (meet at the Cedar Sink trail head) 
9:30 Where Are We? Basic Orienteering 
9:30 Heritage Walk 
10:30 PLAN Your Adventure 
11:30 Safety on the Water 
12:30 Put Your Ranger Hat On 
1:30 Knots to Know 
2:30 Campfire Basics and Tricks (meet at the amphitheater) 

Note: tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the deaths of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS was found in Mammoth Cave in winter 2012-13. Park staff are taking precautions to minimize the spread of WNS fungus from Mammoth Cave. All participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour. 

Mammoth Cave National Park Week activity schedules are listed online at www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/events.htm 

www.nps.gov/maca  

Did You Know?

Musicians often played in Mammoth Cave.

For many years, the chambers of Mammoth Cave rang with the sound of music. Visiting bands such as Landram's Sax-Horn Band and Luther Ewing's String Band, along with the Mammoth Cave Hotel's own local musicians, entertained visitors underground into the early 20th century.