Even without the underground marvels found inside Mammoth Cave, the diversity of surface plant life alone would merit the protection of the National Park Service. Within our 52,830 acres, over 1,300 species of plants have been identified. This diversity can be attributed to the many microclimates found within the park:
Past botanical surveys have highlighted that, of these species, 25 are listed as Endangered, Threatened, or of Special Concern by Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.
Last updated: October 28, 2021