Mammoth Cave is a special place to many people. It has become recognized as a place of significance not only to people in the United States of America but to those from around the world. Together, with your help, we can keep Mammoth Cave flourish for generations to come.
World Heritage Site
In 1981, at the fifth session of the World Heritage Committee in Sydney, Australia, Mammoth Cave National Park was inscribed as a world heritage site. This international designation is governed by the World Heritage Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In 1990, Mammoth Cave National Park was designated as the core area of the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Region by the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. The biosphere area was then increased from 60,000 acres to 909,276 in 1996. The area was recognized because of its unique biodiverse flora and fauna and cultural significant features of prehistoric people.
Last updated: October 4, 2020