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Sixty miles of trails north of the Green River are open for horseback riding. Day-use horseback riders can park trailers:
A free trail map is available in the Backcountry Map & Guide, the park newspaper, and other maps and guides sold at the Visitor Center show topographic features and trails in greater detail.
Several rules apply to all horseback riders using the park:
If you plan to camp overnight in the park with horses, the following information applies: Overnight horseback riders can use Maple Springs Group Campground, located five miles from the Visitor Center and three miles north of the Green River Ferry. The most direct route requires crossing the Green River Ferry, a free ferry with an 8 ton load limit. However, some vehicles (i.e. long horse trailers) cannot be ferried solely because of the length or ground clearance. The Green River Ferry is open daily from 6:00 AM - 9:55 PM (except when closed for repairs or during hazardous river conditions). Alternate routes via state and county roads are available and may be more practical for trailers.
Maple Springs Group Campground has seven sites, and four of them are equipped for horseback riders. Specific rules apply to horseback riders using campsites at Maple Springs:
Did You Know?
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.