Mammoth Cave National Park is a place for all people, with activities for every level of ability. The Park is committed to providing accessibility and inclusion for persons with special needs while preserving and protecting the resources. Below is a list of facilities and park activities visitors with special needs can enjoy in their experience of Mammoth Cave National Park.
ACCESSIBLE RANGER-LED ACTIVITIES
Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour
See unique gypsum formations, historic cave writing and more on accessible cave trails. Using the elevator entrance, this ½ mile round trip provides visitors with special needs an opportunity to visit the Snowball Room and includes portions of the Cleaveland Avenue Tour and Grand Avenue Tour. Wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive devices are allowed. Accessible restrooms are available in the Snowball Room.
Please note that transportation or mobility assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, walkers or canes are permitted on this tour, but are not available. NPS employees will not transport or assist visitors using assistive equipment. If visitors need assistance with the Park's accessible features, they must bring a companion with them for aid.
Participants and their companions meet at the Visitor Center for a caravan to the elevator entrance. Assistive devices will need to be decontaminated upon exiting the cave to limit the spread of White Nose Syndrome.
Duration: 2 hours
Frozen Niagara Tour
This section of cave is seen in its entirety on the Domes and Dripstones, New Entrance, Introduction to Caving and Wild Cave Tours.
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Sand Cave Almanac Caravan
This activity is conducted in a caravan in which visitors drive their own vehicle. The caravan traces a 5.2 mile distance from Sand Cave Trailhead to Mammoth Cave Baptist Church.
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 45 minutes
Duration: Approximately 15 minutes
Duration: 45 minutes
OTHER VISITOR ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
The Visitor Information Brochure is available in a Unified English Braille transcriptions at the Visitor Center Information Desk.
Hearing Impaired Services for Visitors on Guided Activities
Mammoth Cave National Park is pleased to offer sign interpreter services for cave and surface activities to visitors free of charge. Arrangements can be made by contacting the park at the number located below. However, before contacting the park, please note:
For further information or to make arrangements, please call 270.758.2417.
ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES AND TRAILS
The Visitor Center, its restrooms, information desk, ticket counter and auditorium are accessible. An accessible Exhibit Area features displays on topics form the prehistoric origins of the cave and early human uses to modern exploration and cave science. A film about the history of exploration that has helped result Mammoth Cave in becoming the world's longest known cave system is also featured.
The Mammoth Cave Hotel and Restaurant
Mammoth Cave Campground Area
The Mammoth Cave Campground has two designated accessible campsites. Restroom facilities are also accessible. the nearby Caver's Camp Store, Post Office and laundry facilities are also accessible. Camping facilities are available March through November.
Caver's Camp Store
Mammoth Cave Hotel offers guests and Park visitors a convenience store located on Mammoth Cave Parkway, near the Mammoth Cave Campground.The Caver's Camp Store features supplies, groceries, picnic foods, restrooms, and a self-service laundry facility with an adjacent full-service U.S. Post Office.
The Picnic Area is open seasonally. there are two accessible parking spaces and picnic tables, an accessible picnic shelter and accessible restrooms.
Sloan's Crossing Pond Walk
This easy boardwalk takes visitors around the edge of a marshy pond. Wayside exhibits along the way help you understand the pond's unique environment. Wildlife can often be seen here in the form of turtles, frogs, and red-winged blackbirds. The pond features an accessible picnic area.
Sand Cave Trail
This boardwalk leads to the site of Floyd Collins' famous - but fatal - entrapment in Sand Cave in 1925. Wayside exhibits unfold the story along the boardwalk. The trailhead is at the park's eastern entrance on Cave City Road.
This 3/4 mile level trail offers all visitors a leisurely stroll and has been specially designed to accommodate visitors with special needs. The trail features wheelchair turnouts, rest areas with benches and lights for evening use. You'll also find a beautiful overlook, large trees and the historic "Old Guide's Cemetery." Mammoth Cave's Historic Entrance can also be seen via an overlook. The trail begins at the end of the footbridge near the Mammoth Cave Hotel.