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
We love coming here for the cave of course. If you are not to squeamish to enjoy one of mother earths natural beauties of the underground the. This isn’t for you! They have amazing cave tours of all times of the day some for expert and some amateurs. This is a very neat place and wonder of the world as it holds the record for largest cave system in the world!!
Great campground with only 2 less than ideal factors: 1) it is close to the main road through the park, so there is some occasional road noise. 2) the campsites are relatively close together. Otherwise, this is a great campground. It is mostly all shaded with lots of trees, birds and deer interact with the campers, convenient to the camp store with warm showers (.25 cents for 4.5 minutes) and close to the visitor center.
We took a chance not knowing anything about this campground. It’s beautiful here and they take really good care of the grounds. They were super helpful and we are so happy we stopped here. I highly recommend staying here.
Loved staying at the mammoth cave state park last weekend. April 26th-28th 2019.
No reservations are needed until May 1st. It was Walk up First come first serve from March through May. The last weekend of April was perfect and was not over crowded but had a good amount of visitors. We had perfect weather as well. The camp grounds are clean and nice looking , bathrooms also very clean and have normal toilets, laundry room had new washers and dryers and very roomy & clean with attached bathrooms & showers for men & women. The camp store was nicely set up and had plenty of foods and stuff Incase you forgot anything. However they do not sell real fire wood. They do sell compressed fire bricks. That Looks-like compressed sawdust bricks. So if you want real fire wood you have to go off trail and find it. Recommend and saw to cut it up but there was plenty of dead branches to be found through out the park and you are allowed to pick it up and burn it. The cave tours are fun and educational however if you lack fitness some of them will test your limits. So know your limits before booking. Highly recommend buying your tickets before you arrive as they fill up super fast and they offer more tours during the peak season than they do in spring.
The lodge is nice has 2 restaurants one is sit down one is fast food snacks like setting. There are 5 gift shops in all between the camp store has 1 the lodge has 2 and the visitors center has 2. It’s worth the trip if your in to caving and hiking. Unfortunately there is lack of access to the river unless you go backwoods hiking/camping But all in all it’s a fun time!
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.
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.
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
Plenty of trees for hammock camping. No swimming options close by. Close to attractions. Clean campground over all.
Nice, clean campground with nice restrooms and general store. The location allows you to see the caves or go on trails near by.
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.
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.