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About a dozen people, one with a cane and one in a wheelchair, stand in a semi-circle facing a park ranger. The park ranger points a flashlight directly up at the low cave ceiling.
Accessible Tour in the Snowball Dining Room.

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Cave Tours

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 physical disabilities an opportunity to visit the Snowball Room and parts of the Cleaveland Avenue Tour and Grand Avenue Tour. 

Please note that transportation or mobility devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and canes are permitted on this tour, but are not provided. Park employees cannot transport or aid visitors in using assistive equipment. If visitors need assistance with navigating the tour route, they must bring a companion with them for aid. Mobility devices will need to be decontaminated upon exiting the cave to limit the spread of White Nose Syndrome. 

Accessible restrooms are available on this tour. 

Participants meet at the Visitor Center and follow their tour guide to the elevator in their personal vehicles. 

Notice: Due to only having one elevator, this tour could be cancelled on short notice for elevator maintenance/repair. 

Duration: 2 hours 
Distance: ½ mile maximum 
Total Stairs: No stairs 
Difficulty: Easy - Accessible 
Price: $22 Adults, $16 Youth, $11 Special Access 
Tour Times: Please check current cave tour schedules 
Make a Reservation 

Not sure if you like close spaces? Have trouble walking or managing long staircases? This 1¼ hour, ¼ mile round trip walk through this very heavily decorated part of Mammoth Cave might be best for you.  This tour is often a good choice for visitors with very small children, elderly family members or others who cannot walk long distances. To reach this section of cave, visitors must take a 15-minute bus ride to and from the Frozen Niagara entrance. 

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 ¼ hours 
Distance: ¼ mile 
Total Stairs: 12, plus an optional 98 
Difficulty: Easy 
Price: $18 Adults, $14 Youth, $9 Special Access 
Tour Times: Please check current cave tour schedules
Make a Reservation 

 

Guided Walks

Discover where two worlds collide. This walk takes you to Echo River Spring, where the underground Echo River emerges from Mammoth Cave to reach the surface. Rangers will present on the area’s rich geologic and biological diversity. Meets at the Green River Ferry Parking Lot.  

Duration: 45 minutes  
Distance: .6 miles
Difficulty: Easy - wheelchair accessible
Program Times: Please check our Ranger-led Programs schedule

This easy walk utilizes the ¾ mile accessible Heritage Trail, adjacent to the Mammoth Cave Hotel. Rangers share stories of the old Mammoth Cave Estate and the changes to the cultural landscape and perceptions through the late 18th and early 20th centuries. The trip includes a walk to the Old Guides Cemetery where former enslaved cave guide Stephen Bishop now rests. 

Duration: 45 minutes 
Distance: ¾ mile 
Difficulty: Easy - wheelchair accessible
Program Times: Please check our Ranger-led Programs schedule

 

Ranger Talks

Join a park ranger for a brief discussion on one of the many subjects centered in Mammoth Cave National Park. Topics range from the rich cultural history to one of the many disciplines associated with the park's natural history. No matter what the topic, there's surely something to learn and enjoy with this small group setting with a park ranger. 

Duration: Approximately 15 minutes 
Price: Free 
Talk Times: Please check our Ranger-led Programs schedule

Spend an evening beneath the stars and join a park ranger to learn about a variety of topics inspired by Mammoth Cave National Park. Program topics are ranger’s choice and could include local stories, history, plants, animals, geology and more! Meets at the amphitheater between the lodge and camp store.

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Program Times: Please check our Ranger-led Programs schedule

 

Self-Guided Adventures

Exhibits located in the visitor center were designed with accessibility in mind, tactile options are plentiful and films have closed captions as well as audio description availability. Whether filling time before a tour or seeking out answers to questions, the exhibit area provides an enjoyable experience while learning about the process of cave formation, early human uses, modern exploration, and what mysteries we’re still investigating. 

This walk takes you to Echo River Spring, where the underground Echo River emerges from Mammoth Cave to reach the surface. Along the trail you will find clear glass panels at overlooks, and boardwalks designed to increase visibility from a wheelchair. The trail also offers several wayside exhibits with tactile features and audio descriptions that can be activated by pressing a button to learn about the history, hydrology, and wildlife in your lush surroundings. The trailhead, located in the Green River Ferry parking lot, features an accessible picnic area. 

This ¾ 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. 

This boardwalk leads to the site of Floyd Collins' famous - but fatal - entrapment in Sand Cave in 1925. Wayside exhibits unfold the tragic story along the boardwalk. The trailhead is at the park's eastern entrance on Cave City Road, accessible parking is available at the entrance sign. 

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. 

Last updated: August 22, 2021

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