You can reach Houchin Ferry Campground by boat or by car. Houchins Ferry Campground has 12 sites, equipped with picnic tables, fire grates, chemical toilets, fresh water and adjacent picnic shelter. Reservations are not accepted for Houchins Ferry Campground, and it does not accommodate large trailers or RVs; these options are available for Mammoth Cave Campground.
Camping along the floodplain is by permit only. With a free Backcountry Use Permit, you can camp on riverbanks and islands along the Green and Nolin Rivers. Be sure to camp at least ½ mile away from Green River Ferry, Houchin Ferry and Dennison Ferry Day-Use Area. Pick up your Backcountry Use Permit and a copy of the Backcountry Map & Guide at the Visitor Center Information Desk. Remember that if putting in upstream at Munfordville, riverside camping may not be permitted on private lands outside the park. Your Backcountry Use Permit is only valid within Mammoth Cave National Park.
When setting up your campsite on islands or on the riverbank, remember that sudden rainstorms can cause rapid flooding. Know the weather forecast so you can anticipate weather-related problems. To hear the National Weather Service forecast in the area, tune your radio to AM 530.
A number of regulations apply when you camp in the park. Please obtain the Camping handout from the Visitor Center Information Desk and read it before you camp.
Did You Know?
In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.