• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping

Backcountry camping.

Thirteen peaceful and scenic backcountry campsites offer opportunities to find solitude and appreciate the beauty and diversity of Mammoth Cave National Park's rugged hills and majestic woodlands.

Overnight camping is permitted at designated sites and along floodplains more than ½ mile away from ferry crossings or developed campgrounds. Camping on the floodplain is only accessible by boat. Each campsite holds a maximum of 8 people.

All sites except McCoy Hollow have a nearby water source. Boil and treat water before drinking, or carry in your own drinking water.

A free backcountry use permit is required for all camping at backcountry campsites and along the river floodplain. Go in person to the backcountry permit office, located in the Visitor Center ticket sales area, to obtain your permit and a free trail map showing backcountry campsites - be aware that backcountry permits are not issued during the last fifteen minutes before the Visitor Center closes each day. Check here for Visitor Center hours. Detailed maps and guidebooks are available for sale in the book sales area.

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.