Picnic Areas

Mammoth Cave offers several picnic areas throughout the park. As you prepare and enjoy your meal, help protect the park, wildlife, and yourself:

  • Never feed wild animals, including birds and squirrels
    Animals that become dependent on human food may become aggressive.

  • Store all food when not in use
    Keep all food, garbage, or smelly items in your vehicle so that animals cannot access them.

  • Use stoves and fire properly
    Camp stoves and self-contained charcoal grills may be used to prepare food in picnic areas. Fires are only allowed within the park provided charcoal grills.

  • Do not camp in picnic areas
    Overnight camping is not allowed in picnic areas.

Picnic tables sitting in a forested setting.
Sloans Crossing Pond Picnic Area

NPS Photo/ Kait Evensen

Picnic Area Details

Mammoth Cave Picnic Area

Located north of the main visitor center parking area, the Mammoth Cave Picnic Area is the largest picnic area in the park with numerous picnic tables.
Gate and restrooms are closed Dec 1st through March 1st. You can still walk up and use the area. We ask that you pack out your trash during the 3 months the gate is closed.


Mammoth Cave Picnic Area also includes two reservable picnic shelters available for a fee.
Enclosed Shelter (Shelter G001) is available 10am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday by reservation. Visitor can pick up the key at the Campground Kiosk 10am or after, and leaves driver license for a deposit for the Enclosed Shelter. Driver license will be returned after inspection of the shelter and return of the key. Key must be returned no later than 6pm.
Open Shelter (Shelter G002) is by reservation. Shelter is open 8am to 6pm.
The picnic area also has fire grates, charcoal grills, restrooms, potable water, garbage dumpsters, and access to hiking trails.

Echo River Spring Trailhead Area

Located next to the Green River Ferry parking lot, this trailhead leads to the accessible Echo River Spring trail which connects to several other short hikes in the visitor center and southside area. The picnic area includes only 2 accessible picnic tables, portable toilets, and access to trails.

Maple Springs Day Use Area

Located near the Maple Springs Group Campground on the north side of the park, the Maple Springs Day Use Area has access to numerous hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails. The picnic site includes picnic tables, vault toilets, garbage dumpsters, access to trails, and horse trailer parking.

Houchin Ferry Picnic Area

Near the town of Brownsville, the Houchin Ferry Picnic Area sits along the banks of the Green River next to the Houchin Ferry Campground. The picnic area includes benches, picnic tables, a covered picnic shelter with a fire place, charcoal grills, potable water and portable toilets.

Dennison Ferry Day Use Area

The Dennison Ferry Day Use Area is often used as the starting location for canoe and kayak day trips on the Green River. The site includes a picnic area with benches, picnic tables, and portable toilets. There are no trashcans here so please pack out your trash. Access to the site is via a 1.6 mile (2.57 km) gravel road.

Sloans Crossing Pond Picnic Area

Located next to Sloans Crossing Pond along Mammoth Cave Parkway. The site has 3 tables and includes accessible picnic tables and trashcans.

Last updated: February 15, 2024

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Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-0007


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