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 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.
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!!
Beautiful spot very close to the visitor center and cave tours. Access to the old railroad trail in right in the campground.
Loved the scenery here, and all facilities were clean! Lots to do! Hiking trails were well-maintained! Kids loved seeing all the extras!
We were very impressed when we stopped on our road trip to visit Mammoth Caves National Park! They even had a nice area for our dog to stay while we were caving!
we stayed here the night of the solar eclipse 2017, all lots were full even though not everyone had a reservation tag :( so we paid but then couldn't find a spot because of free loaders. so, i did what any mom would do that had a tired kid he needed to get out of the car and go to sleep- i set up camp at the picnic area. for the record this is NOT allowed but we literally had nowhere else to go and had already paid, and by that time it was around 10:30pm and we had been driving for 5 hours. even though we were in a technically restricted area, soon other campers came to join us and we had a pleasant stay. we were not bothered or asked to move so that's a plus, and we got a full refund the next day when i told them what happened.
Mammoth Cave Campground is in the country but centrally located between several nice size cities and right off I65.
No signal once you get in the park except if your lucky at the lodge. We tuned in to WIFI whenever we passed through the Visitors Center/lodge restaurant in the morning.
The campground is primitive, no electric with parking pads, picnic tables and fire rings. There is a restroom in the campground and a shower house, laundry room, post office and store adjacent. The dump station is next to that facility right outside the front “gate”.
There is enough space between camp sites to have some privacy and the trees provide natural noise block and shade. There be critters in the woods so protect your food! You may see deer and turkey, you won’t see the little shit raccoon that runs off with dog toys and any food left out ;)
There are several trail access points directly from the campground. Including two easy trails to the visitors center.
Aside from the obvious, cave tours, there are several other options on how to spend your day and nights.
If your coming for the cave specifically make sure you reserve your preferred cave tour way ahead of time!
If you are coming for the trails, enjoy! There are multiple options. I run the trail near the visitor center year round. It is technical and hilly, not stroller friendly.
The trails on the far side of the Green River ferry have dispersed camping sites and plenty of natural features to discover.
The float down the Green River is enjoyable. If you bring your own water craft several of the companies will drive you to the put in from the ferry parking area for a nominal fee.
Also across the Green River is the Maple Springs group and horse campground, I’m not a horse person but I see plenty of them in the area and they seem to be enjoying the trails and campground.
There is also zip lines in the area, a winery and golfing.
Fast food and Wally World in Brownsville, other touristy attractions one exit up at Cave City. (Ky Down Under and Dinosaur World, plus a Yogi Bear Campground)
We spent the weekend hiking in the rain and avoided Green River, it’s a muddy mess right now.
We enjoyed this park so much, we are headed back! We stayed in the cute yellow with green shutter cabins nearly in the parking lot. It got hot during the day…no A/C in the cabins, but we headed underground to keep cool.
I loved the educational talks each night which was a close walk from cabins and campground. Watching the bats fly above us as the sun set during the talks was a plus.
The Visitor's Center is crowded! Tours fill up fast! So, book your tours ahead of time via the website and save yourself that headache. There are restaurants next to the Visitor's Center if you want to dine out.
Excellent! Very family friendly and well maintained. A good variety of trails to hike and access to gentle canoeing/kayaking.
The campground is within walking distance to the Visitor Center and cave tours, as well as the camp store. Clean washrooms. The only firewood sold is "compressed sawdust," which burns surprisingly well, but looks like Lego blocks.