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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Mammoth Cave National Park will waive fees for the self-guided Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour on August 14-15.
"We invite everyone to come out to the park for a free cave tour," said Superintendent Patrick Reed. "On these hot days, it's a perfect time to cool off in the cave where temperatures are always in the mid-50s."
Visitors must pick up their free tickets at visitor center ticket office between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CT, and then walk to the Historic Entrance to begin their tour.
The Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour enters the cave at the Historic Entrance, then traces through Houchins Narrows, the Rotunda, nitre mining artifacts, Audubon Avenue, and Rafinesque Hall. These are some of the mammoth passages for which the cave was named. Being a self-guided tour, the Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour gives visitors the freedom to travel at a brisk walk or a slow stroll.
Visitors are required to navigate the steep hill to and from the cave entrance, as well as 64 steps into and out of the cave. Allow at least 30 minutes for the tour, a ¾-mile round trip from the visitor center. Ranger guides are stationed along the route inside the cave to answer questions.
Camping fees and fees for other tours of Mammoth Cave will not be waived on these dates.
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