Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., October 31, 2014 – Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in recognition of Veterans Day.
"Many national parks have direct connections to the military – there are dozens of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans," said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. "Mammoth Cave's saltpeter works helped supply gunpowder for the War of 1812. Just up the road in Hodgenville, Ky., is Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. National parks are a great place to learn about our history where it happened."
The free Mammoth Passage Tours will depart from the visitor center at the following times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30, and 3:00. Participants must 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.
Online at https://www.nps.gov/findapark/military-honor.htm meet Dan Hottle, a combat veteran and National Park Service ranger. Hear the role that national parks played in his transition back to the United States from Afghanistan.
Note: 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 to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour.
Last updated: April 14, 2015