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Contact: Bruce Powell, (270)758-2196
MAMMOTH CAVE, KY -- A winter blast will close Mammoth Cave National Park again this week, on Friday and Saturday, January 22-23. The Park is in the middle of a winter storm warning area and is forecast to receive significant accumulation ice and snow on top of existing snowfall, and strong winds that may topple weakened trees and limbs.
"Mammoth Cave helps us learn to respect the work of nature," said Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead. "So does a winter storm. We don't like to have to close the park, but the safety of our visitors and our employees is always our first concern whenever we have bad weather."
The Cave City Road into the park will close at 5:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The Mammoth Cave Parkway and the Brownsville Road (KY 70) in the park will close at 9:00 p.m. to through traffic. If conditions permit, park staff will begin clearing operations Saturday morning. All other park roads remain closed from the previous weather event.
The Green River Ferry remains out of service until further notice. Gerry updates can be obtained by calling (270)758-2166.
Park staff tentatively plan to reopen the park for limited visitor services on Sunday, January 24, although this will be weather-dependent. Persons interested in visiting the park are urged to call the park information line at (270)758-2180 before traveling, or check the park website for updates at https://www.nps.gov/maca.