February 12, 2014
Contact: Vickie Carson
(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., February 12, 2014) Park staff have determined the best way to deal with a large mud-mire that has developed along Raymer Hollow Trail is to temporarily close the 6.2-mile trail in the backcountry of Mammoth Cave National Park.
"Some horsemen identified a 'mud hole' where their horses sank up to their bellies," said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. "This area is a hazard to park visitors and the natural and cultural resources we are mandated to protect. Because of the rocky and challenging terrain there is no easy reroute. We will need some time to assess the trail and surrounding area before we decide how to proceed. This is a remote area where trees were damaged by the 2009 ice storm and blow-down – the remedy will take some time as well."
Raymer Hollow Trail and the Raymer Hollow backcountry campsite are temporarily closed.
Other trails and campsites are available. The park's backcountry holds approximately 70 miles of trails. All routes are open to hikers, with Raymer Hollow closed about 52 miles are open to horse use, and 12 miles are open to mountain bikers.