• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Camping Regulations

Ranger posting regulations

Rules are found on the bulletin boards.

FIREWOOD QUARANTINE: Firewood from a number of states is quarantined due to an insect infestation by one or more insect pests (e.g. the Emerald Ash Borer) that is devastating certain tree species. To prevent infestation of trees in the park, transport of firewood into the park is prohibited. You may pick up any dead or downed wood inside the park or purchase wood from the Caver's Camp Store located at the Service Center. Store hours vary with season; check bulletin board at kiosk for current hours. Please help protect our forests from these destructive pests and do not bring firewood into the Park.


  • Pay the camping fee at the entrance kiosk. Check-in time is 12 noon. Check-out time is 11 am.
  • Maximum of 8 persons per site. Maximum 14 day stay in calendar year.
  • Park all wheeled vehicles on asphalt pads. All vehicles must fit on asphalt; overflow parking located at Service Center adjacent to campground.
  • Quiet hours 10 pm to 6 am. Generators are permitted from 6 am to 10 pm as long as they are properly muffled and do not create unreasonable noise.
  • Keep pets on a leash at all times. Do not leave pets unattended at campsite. Kennels are available at the Mammoth Cave Hotel. Dispose of pet waste in garbage.
  • Mark your campsite when you leave so others know it is occupied. Articles left unattended on an unpaid campsite for 24 hours may be impounded.
  • Confine fire to established fire rings. Do not burn trash in the fire rings.
  • Transport of firewood into the park is prohibited. You may pick-up any dead or downed wood inside the park or purchase wood from the Caver's Camp Store located at the Service Center. Store hours vary with season; check bulletin board at kiosk for current hours.
  • Do not chop, cut, saw, or drive nails into standing trees. Do not use mechanized saws in the park.
  • All plants and animals in Mammoth Cave National Park are protected. Do not disturb or kill any wildlife, including snakes. Collection of any portion of a plant is prohibited unless specifically authorized by regulation.
  • Do not dig, trench, or level ground at your campsite.
  • Showers are operated by the park concessionaire and are located at the Service Center. Showers and laundry are open daily March 1 through November 30.
  • In accordance with Title 36 CFR 2.4 and Kentucky law, visitors may openly carry firearms on trails, in campgrounds, or any other area in which carrying is not specifically prohibited. Persons with valid concealed weapons permits may carry concealed weapons in these areas also. Weapons of any kind are prohibited in all federal facilities, on all cave tours, on the park's tour buses, and in the facilities of the park concessionaire.
  • Other weapons capable of destruction, such as fireworks, bows, air rifles, blowguns and slingshots, are prohibited in the park.
  • Mini-bikes, mopeds, and motorcycles are permitted only on improved roads.
  • Rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed only in the campground.
  • Water hydrants are for collection of water to be used at your campsite. Washing dishes or clothing at water hydrants is prohibited.
  • To eliminate unpleasant odors and muddy campsites, catch your drain water in buckets and empty into toilets in the restrooms.
  • When food is not being prepared or eaten, it must be stored inside a vehicle to prevent wildlife access to human food. Do not feed or play with wildlife. Wild animals that become dependant on human handouts may lose their ability to forage independently when campers disappear in the "off-season."
  • Obey the 15-mph speed limit and the stop signs in the campgrounds. Watch for children at play.
  • Carry a flashlight or lantern when walking after dark.
  • Overnight camping is not permitted in parking lots, overlooks, or along roadsides in the park.

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.