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
Nice hiking trails, nice tent site, bathrooms were clean. The shower is coin operated. Three campground is on the grounds with the national park so you can walk to your tour. The ranger was friendly and helpful.
We stayed here a few nights while exploring the National Park in mid-summer. Surprisingly the campground was not crowded despite there being a large number of visitors. The sites are spaced out nicely which is nice since they are relatively open and provide little privacy. One drawback of the sites here is that they are primarily dirt and fine sand on the surface, causing quite a mess when it rains. Alas….it is camping after all!
One thing some may not know about this facility is that there is an actual dog kennel located on site (near the visitor's center). Why is this such an amazing amenity? Well because you can't take your pooch into the cave but you can still have them camping with you! So if you and your fido(s) are inseparable, fear not! The system is super easy and inexpensive.
The campground offers coin (well token) operated showers which are decent and nice at the end of a day of cave exploring. If you're looking for a spot that's convenient to the park, it doesn't get better than this place.
The campground was well maintained, but the sites are a little cramped. This is made up for, however, by it's proximity to everything. You're only a short walk from the visitor center, trails, and your departures. There is also a restaurant and camp store nearby.
Never a Dull Moment at Mammoth!
We first entered the park via the "secret" entrance, byway of a narrow road at the very north of the park, in which we had to take a single car automated ferry across the green river, which was enjoyed by all, and we appreciated avoiding the main entrance besieged by spring break campers!
The Campground itself's best feature is its proximity to the main park attractions. It's a few minute walk to the visitor's center, from which you can catch daily tours of all types ranging from themed cave tours to botony forest walks and guided history walks. Our normally restless kids were so taken by the 2 hr cave tour that they remained in near total silence and awe as we tunneled through this slow moving guided cave walk. You've got to make a reservation for tours - be warned, they fill up quickly. I recommend making a reservation at least a week before in the busy season (March-Sept), although up to a couple days before, you can usually get in, albeit not at your ideal time, most likely. Adjoining the campground is a more than adequate camp store, with all the common items and a few groceries you may need while there. Across a short walkway from the visitors center is also 2 restaurants, if roasting dogs on the fire isn't you thing, one cafe style with an ice cream shop, and another more formal table service in the historical Lodge.
We went in April, one of the area's wetter months, and found the campsites to be well maintained, drained and free from debris. While no one enjoys wet camping, the great thing about this park is that the main attraction is always the same comforatable temp and weather year round - and you can spend a dry several hours while you avoid the rain spurts outside. The camping was quiet although crowded for spring break, sites were averagely spread apart (those near the front and the store had a bit more room) and included hook ups for campers. There's even a place to park your horse if horsecamping is something that interests you, very Kentucky, indeed. Bath houses are average but well maintained as all the park is.
Being a Dyrt Ranger, I sometimes have the chance to try out new products on our adventures. This time I was able to test out the Birler Axe by #CRTK.
As anyone who's ever had to camp in moist conditions will tell you, it's no fun having to cut through a damp piece of kindling or wood. While we could purchase dry firewood at the campground, we had to chop our own kindling, which we found dry on the inside and wet on the bark…the Birler cut threw it like butter.
It's compact size was easy to pack, and while I'd guess it weighs in at about just over a pound, and wouldn't be ideal for most backpackers, it was perfect for some average campsite wear. The quality was high, and it split a log like no body's business. There's enough heft behind it to make chopping easy, yet a short enough handle to maneuver. Balance was great. A leather sheath is sold separately, and while the axe comes with a rubber blade guard, is highly recommend a sheath for it as it's extremely sharp, unlike our old axe which had a hard time cutting through a carrot. We were the envy of the campground.
WOW we loved this park and caves and hikes, the kids could not stop talking and talking about the caves. This campground is close to the visitor center and you’ll need site reservations in summer. Showers are wonderfully hot but there’s no RV hookups. Our sites were pretty close to another but I think some of them had some more privacy. We met someone camping here with their horse which sounded like so much fun (but don’t worry the horse sites are farther away so no barn smells).
Nice, well maintained, centrally located primitive campsite. There are two RV sites but one is for the camp host and the other is first come first use, no reservation. There is a privately owned RV campground nearby , across from Diamond Caverns. Caving, hiking, canoeing, bike riding and more.
I love this place and have camped here numerous times never had a bad experience. The best time to go is fall because its less crowded but really any time is fine because the cave is always the same temperature. There are numerous cave tours to explore I still have not been on all of them which makes each visit a little unique. Also countless trails and just hanging out around the fire.
The campground is not anything special, actually quite sub par if anything. It is a 5 min walk to the cave. Do the twilight tour! It is also a dry county, so the only alcohol are some $5 beers near the visitor center.