Dining in and around the park offers many options, or you can opt to eat surrounded by nature at the park's picnic areas.
In the park, The Mammoth Cave Hotel operates three restaurants in season - The Crystal Lake Coffee Shop provides standard fare, while the Travertine Restaurant offers fine dining and caters to events. Seasonally, TrogloBITES serves food-on-the-go for summer visitors. (270)758-2225.
Outside the park, many restaurants cater to a range of tastes. Call (800)346-8908 or click the following links for information on local restaurants near the park:
Note: some counties around Mammoth Cave National Park are "dry" – alcoholic beverages are not available for sale except for in Cave City, Bowling Green and Elizabethtown.
Picnic sites are available at several locations in the park. The Mammoth Cave Picnic Area is located north of the main Visitor Center parking area. Two shelters in this main picnic area, one open-air and one enclosed, are available for reservation. Picnic tables are also available at Maple Springs Day-Use Area, Houchin Ferry Picnic Shelter, Dennison Ferry Day-Use Area and Sloan's Crossing Pond.