Alert - Mammoth Cave is in an area highly endemic to histoplasmosis
Histoplasmosis is a serious infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Infants and immunocompromised persons are especially vulnerable. Click the link for more information. More »
Trails at Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park is a place for letting your feet lead you – or your horse's hooves, or the tread of your bike's tires. With nearly 84 miles of trail in the backcountry, frontcountry and Visitor Center areas combined, from easy to rugged, you're certain to find just the one-on-one with nature you're looking for.
Six trailheads, at Maple Springs, Lincoln, Big Hollow, First Creek, Temple Hill and White Oak give access to the backcountry's 65.8 miles of trail. Most backcountry trails are for pedestrian and horseback use only, with the exception of Big Hollow Trail, which is for pedestrian and mountain bike use only, and Maple Springs Trail and White Oak Trail, which are all-use trails.
In the frontcountry, explore a total of 10.8 miles along the Cedar Sink Trail, Sand Cave Trail, Sloan's Crossing Pond Walk, Turnhole Bend Nature Trail, and the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail.
The area around the park Visitor Center offers 7.2 miles of scenic trails that venture from ridgetop to river, from sinkholes to springs, from old guide's cemeteries to overlooks, and from historic engines to the Historic Entrance.
To find your way around the park's trails, useful park maps are available from the link below:
Did You Know?
The grease-oil lamp was used to illuminate Mammoth Cave for more than a century. Designed after New England whale-oil lanterns, these lamps used cooking grease to light the way.