August 11, 2014
Contact: Vickie Carson
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 11, 2013 – Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Monday, August 25, in recognition of Founders Day, the founding day of the National Park Service.
"Come enjoy your national park," said Acting Superintendent Lizzie Watts. "On August 25, 1916, Congress passed the Organic Act, which established the National Park Service I hope many of our friends and neighbors will help us celebrate by attending one of these free tours."
The free Mammoth Passage tours will depart from the visitor center at the following times: 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30. Participants need to pick up a free ticket in the visitor center before going on the tour. The ¾-mile, 1¼ hours Mammoth Passage tour is limited to 40 people, and requires a walk down and up the steep hill below the visitor center, as well as 160 steps.
Note: tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the deaths 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, and Park staff are taking precautions to minimize the spread of WNS fungus from Mammoth Cave. All participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour.