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Mammoth Cave National Park participates in the congressionally authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, parks keep 80% of all fees collected; the remaining 20% is deposited in a special account to be used in parks where fees are not collected. Funds generated by the fees are used to accomplish projects the parks have been unable to fund through annual Congressional allocations. Entrance fees help support projects in the park to improve the experience for visitors. For more information, call (270) 758-2180.

 

Park Entrance Fees

Entry to Mammoth Cave National Park and its surface features is free of charge. There is, however, a charge to tour the cave, stay in campgrounds, or reserve picnic shelters.

 

Cave Tours Fees

Cave tour offerings change by season. Before arriving to the park for a cave tour, check the current cave program schedule. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made at Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.

Children under five years are free. Youth under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older.
Senior Pass and Access Pass ♿ will give a discount on one ticket only.

Frozen Niagara Tour

$18.00

$14.00

$9.00

$9.00

Gothic Avenue Tour

$19.00

$15.00

$9.50

$9.50

Grand Avenue Tour

$35.00

$27.00

$17.50

$17.50

Great Onyx Lantern Tour

$23.00

$18.00

$11.50

$11.50

Historic Tour

$20.00

$15.00

$10.00

$10.00

Introduction to Caving Tour

$35.00 (10+)

$28.00

$17.50

$17.50

Mammoth Cave Access Tour

$22.00

$16.00

$11.00

$11.00

Mammoth Passage Tour

$11.00

$9.00

$5.50

$5.50

River Styx Cave Tour

$22.00

$16.00

$11.00

$11.00

Star Chamber Lantern Tour

$25.00

$20.00

$12.50

$12.50

Trog Tour

N/A

$25.00

N/A

$12.50

Violet City Lantern Tour

$25.00

$20.00

$12.50

$12.50

Wild Cave Tour

$66.00 (16+)

N/A

$33.00

$33.00

Wondering Woods Tour

$18.00

$14.00

$9.00

$9.00

Cave Tour

Adult (13+)

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Youth
(6 - 12)

Senior Pass Holder

Access Pass Holder

Accessible Tour ♿

$22.00 $16.00 $11.00 $11.00

Broadway Tour

$18.00

$13.00

$9.00

$9.00

Cleaveland Avenue Tour

$22.00

$16.00

$11.00

$11.00

Discovery Tour

$8.00

$6.00

$4.00

$4.00

Domes & Dripstones Tour

$21.00

$16.00

$10.50

$10.50

Extended Historic Tour

$23.00

$17.00

$11.50

$11.50

Focus on Frozen Niagara Photo Tour

$16.00

$12.00

$8.00

$8.00

 

Picnic Shelter Reservation Fees

There are two picnic shelters located in the picnic area near the visitor center. Each picnic shelter has ten picnic tables and the open shelter includes a working fireplace. The picnic area also has fire grates, restrooms, fresh water, and a garbage dumpster. Reservations for the picnic shelters can be made on Recreation.gov.

Picnic Shelter

Fee

Open Picnic Shelter

$55.00/day (includes ten picnic tables and a working fireplace)

Enclosed Picnic Shelter

$80.00/day (includes ten tables with chairs and heat and air conditioning)

 

Camping Fees

There are three developed campgrounds within the park. Camping fees vary depending on the site. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Recreation.gov.

Backcountry camping permits are $10 and available online through Recreation.gov or in person at the Mammoth Cave Campground Kiosk.

 

Mammoth Cave Campground

Mammoth Cave Campground is located on Mammoth Cave Parkway, 1/4 mile from the visitor center.

Site Type

Fee

Access or
Senior Pass Holders

Regular Site (No hookups)

$25.00/night

$12.50/night

Group Site (No hookups/Tent Only)

$40.00/night

$40.00/night

Maple Springs Group Campground

Maple Springs Group Campground is located on the park's north side on Maple Springs Loop, six miles from the visitor center and three miles north of Green River Ferry. All sites are group sites.pe

Site Type

Fee

Access or
Senior Pass Holders

Group Site (Hookups)

$50.00/night

$50.00/night

Horseback Group Site (Hookups)

$50.00/night

$50.00/night

Houchin Ferry Campground

Houchin Ferry Campground is located on the park's west side on Houchin Ferry Road, 15 miles from the visitor center and one and a half miles from the town of Brownsville, Kentucky.

Site Type

New Fee

Access or
Senior Pass Holder Fee

Regular Site (No hookups)

$20.00/night

$10.00/night

 
Electronic Payments
Credit cards currently accepted by the National Park Service for payment of fees.

Forms of Payment

Acceptable forms of payment for Mammoth Cave National Park’s fees and passes include cash, all major credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, personal checks, business checks, and traveler checks.

 

Annual and Lifetime Interagency Passes

 

 

Fee Free Days

Several days throughout the year have been designated as entrance fee free days at your national parks. On these days, entrance fees will not be charged, however, camping and other use fees will still be collected. At Mammoth Cave, a select list of cave tours are offered free of charge on these days. Check the current cave tour schedule for more information.

For more information on entrance fee free days in the national parks, visit the Free Entrance Days website.

 

Educational Group Fees

Educational programs are eligible for discounted group rates on cave tours. Contact the park at (270) 758-2180 for more information.

 

Commercial Use Authorization

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a business permit with the National Park Service. It authorizes you to conduct commercial activities and to provide specific visitor services within a national park. For more information about CUAs, visit our Commercial Use Authorization page.

 

Cave Tour Cancelation Policy

All changes of tour reservation will be considered a cancellation and charged $1.00 per ticket. Cancellations made fewer than 24 hours in advance of the tour will not receive a refund.

For Wild Cave, Introduction to Caving, and Trog tours:

  • Cancellations made 10 or more days prior to the Tour Date will be no charge.
  • Cancellation made 10 days or less prior to the Tour Date will be charged the following amount per ticket:
    • Wild Cave Tour: $12.00
    • Introduction to Caving Tour: $6.00
    • Trog Tour: $4.00

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

270 758-2180

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