• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

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Discovery Tour

The Rotunda

View of the Rotunda - one of Mammoth Cave's largest rooms.

Photo by J. Wheet

Duration: 30 minute minimum
Walking Distance: ½ mile, round trip in cave
Restrooms Available? No
Emphasis on: Large trunk passages; cultural history and environmental issues; current research
Landmarks Seen: Natural Entrance, Narrows, Rotunda, Saltpeter artifacts, Audubon Avenue, American Indian artifacts, Rafinesque Hall
Elevation Change: 140 feet
Number of Stairs: 120
Steep Hill Climbs? One, to and from cave entrance
Restrictions: General restrictions apply

Visit the Rotunda, one of the largest rooms, explore a vast canyon passageway, and learn about 19th-century saltpeter mining operations and the geologic origins of Mammoth Cave on this self-guiding tour.

Did You Know?

Canoes on Green River

The Green and Nolin Rivers course more than 30 miles through Mammoth Cave National Park, offering hours of boating, canoeing, fishing, and floodplain camping.