Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping
Backcountry camping.

Thirteen peaceful and scenic backcountry campsites offer opportunities to find solitude and appreciate the beauty and diversity of Mammoth Cave National Park's rugged hills and majestic woodlands.

One party per campsite, up to 8 people per party.

All sites except McCoy Hollow have a nearby water source. Boil and treat water before drinking, or carry in your own drinking water.

A Backcountry Use Permit is required for all camping at designated backcountry campsites. Go in person to the backcountry permit office, located at the Mammoth Cave Campground, to obtain your permit and a free trail map showing backcountry campsites. Reservations can also be made online by clicking here. There is a one time, non-refundable $10.00 fee per permit. When acquiring your permit please have the following information with you:

  • Driver's License or Photo ID
  • Make/model of your vehicle
  • License Plate Number

Backcountry permits are not issued during the last fifteen minutes before the Campground closes each day. For campground hours call the Mammoth Cave Campground at 270-758-2424. Detailed maps and guidebooks are available for sale in the book sales area. When Campground is closed for the season (December 1st - February 28th), please go to the Visitor Center for your permit.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

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P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-0007


(270) 758-2180

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