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About Mammoth Cave Campground
Mammoth Cave Campground puts campers in a prime spot to explore the depths and overland treasures of Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave is an underground passageway containing more than 390 miles of naturally sculpted limestone and sandstone. It is the longest recorded cave system in the world. The grand-scale chambers and long, winding passageways were the inspiration behind the parks name. The camp area doubles as an entry point to 14 miles of hiking trails. Its also a five-minute walk to the visitor center, where cave tours begin. Natural Features: The campground is tucked inside Mammoth Cave National Park, which boasts scenic valleys along the Green River. The river is within walking distance of the camp, and the hilly Kentucky countryside expands beyond the valley. Deer and turkeys commonly stroll around the campground, so visitors are likely to see them grazing in the early morning and at dusk. Recreation: A must-do activity in the park is exploring Mammoth Cave. Walking tours of the caverns leave from the visitor center daily. Tours last anywhere from one to six hours and range from well-lit walkways to rugged, pitch-dark paths that require a paraffin lamp. Facilities: The 105 primitive campsites are set around a paved parking area surrounded by aromatic trees. Water and vault toilets are located on the insides of three loops, and the park visitor center is a 5-minute walk away. Nearby Attractions: Mammoth Cave National Park spans 52,835 acres and was established in 1941. By 1981, it was deemed a World Heritage Site to protect the unique, mammoth-sized caves. ACTIVITIES Visitor Center: Ranger Station
Access
Drive In
Operator
National Park Service
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Mammoth Cave Campground is located in Kentucky
Latitude
37.19 N
Longitude
-86.091 W
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Directions
From I-65 North, take Exit 48 (Park City) and turn left. From I-65 South, take Exit 53 (Cave City) and turn right. Follow signs to visitor center area. Campground is located on the left, next to the camp store.
24 Reviews of Mammoth Cave Campground
BEST Tent Campground

Let me just say, it is nice to find a campground that not only welcomes tent campers but seems to be designed for them exclusively. This campground is primarily a tent site. There are a handful of RV sites, but over 3/4 of the camp is set up for tents only which makes for a better overall outdoor feel without the humming of generators, the height of large RVs blocking your tree views and the overall feeling the you are squished in next to someone.

The closest campground to the Visitor Center, this campground has narrow roads through camp, flushing toilets and hot showers. Preparing for tent campers, the amenities are vast enough to not feel like you are stuck waiting for a shower because they have not properly accommodated you. It is a great feeling to have.

Seasonally there is a small camp store which offers ice and firewood along with some basic items. I even picked up an ice cream here on a hot evening.

My site was $20 and was well shaded, almost nestled into the trees.I was in site 46 which was on the bend and seemed a bit closer to other campers, yet I still had plenty of space for my activities as a solo camper. Had I have been in a larger group or even not camping as a single I might have opted for a site a bit further around the loop.

TIPS:

  • If you are a senior and have an access pass you can present this when booking and get 1/2 off your site.

  • Look at the campground map in advance, you wlll be happy to have done so when looking for larger sites or sites which offer pull through options.

Best place to stay in the park!

Close to the store, visitor center, and tours. Great location, clean sites, everything we needed. Bathrooms were exceptional!! Best ones we've stayed in!! Would have been nice to have a utility sink to wash dishes, I hated dumping my wash water down those sparkling toilets!! lol

Good hammock camping

Plenty of trees for hammock camping. No swimming options close by. Close to attractions. Clean campground over all.

Quaint campground in good location

Nice, clean campground with nice restrooms and general store. The location allows you to see the caves or go on trails near by.

Great for Tent Camping

Can't speak for RV camping, but this is a great campground for tent campers. Sites aren't to close together, they've got all the basic amenities, and the park has tons to keep you busy. It does look like the prices have been going up….we camped here years ago & the cave tours ranged from $8-$15, which seems to be about half of what they run these days. A little sad to see that, but the caves are of course completely worth it.

Great Family Campground

This is a great family campground. there is no electricity or water at the sites, but they are spacious and close to other activities at Mammoth cave and the surrounding park.

The Green River Ferry, kayaking on the green river, hiking biking and caving are a few of the many fun activities at the park and ziplining and horseback riding are not far away. The bathhouses and General Store are nice. You do have to pay at the store to use the showers.

Great Midweek Experience - Loop C

We stayed one night and arrived late without reservations. We found a spot in the C Loop where there were many other tent campers and several unoccupied sites. The wildlife we saw and heard was enjoyable. The boys also did their running on trails in the area. Close to the Visitor's Center for cave tours and a really nice setting for camping.

Clean, Convenient & Fun

Great place to camp. the area was clean. Visitor Center was conveniently located for a nice walk to visit for information, pics & souvenirs. We had a great time & took advantage of our time there. We walked, hiked, biked, camped, cooked, zip-lined, and of course, went thru the cave!!

Great campground

Beautiful spot very close to the visitor center and cave tours. Access to the old railroad trail in right in the campground.

Very nice and clean!

Loved the scenery here, and all facilities were clean! Lots to do! Hiking trails were well-maintained! Kids loved seeing all the extras!