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Mammoth Cave National Park
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Cave Discovery cave tours from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25. The fee-free tours are in honor of Founders Day, the founding day of the National Park Service.
The park had previously announced that Mammoth Passage Tours would be offered, but Monday's eclipse event has brought more visitors to the region, and this prompted to a change to accommodate more visitors.
Participants must pick up a free ticket in the visitor center before going on this tour.
The Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour requires a walk down and up the steep hill below the visitor center, as well as 160 steps. Visit the Rotunda, one of the cave’s largest rooms, explore a vast canyon passageway, and learn about 19th-century saltpeter mining operations and the geologic origins of the Mammoth Cave System. Allow at least 30 minutes; about 3/4 mile round trip. This is a self-guided tour.
Note – Cave tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the death of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS was found in Mammoth Cave in winter 2012-13. To minimize the spread of WNS fungus, all participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats immediately following the conclusion of their tour to clean their footwear.