Mammoth is a large picnic shelter equipped with grills and plenty of seating, conveniently located near the starting point of Mammoth Caves park tours. Visitors can take a hike, join a cave tour, and still have time to fire up the grill for a picnic. The shelters are within Mammoth Cave National Park, which is best known for its caves that extend for 390 miles. Their formation began millions of years ago when mildly acidic groundwater dissolved on beds of limestone, creating subterranean passages. Native inhabitants of the cave include bats, spiders, and blindfish. Natural Features: The picnic shelters are surrounded by oak, elm, and maple trees in the Green River Valley. The park sits above the labyrinth of underground caves and extends out over rolling hill country. Recreation: Picnicking, enjoying the outdoors, and exploring the caves are of primary interest to visitors. The site has trailheads to the Green River Bluffs Trail and the Dixon Cave Trail. Both hiking trails are about a mile long. Facilities: The picnic shelters are across the road from the visitor center parking lot. Both shelters fit 60 people. Choose from the enclosed shelter or the open shelter, and enjoy the grassy surrounding area as well. Nearby Attractions: The Green River is where anglers can fish for perch, bass and bluegills, and where kayakers can paddle past lush, tree-lined banks. Any part of Mammoth Cave National Parks 52,800 acres is worth exploring through trails or scenic drives.
The one major con of the Picnic Shelters st Mammoth Cave NP , Ky is they are day use only! Which if your only there for the day is fine but if your staying at the campground, cabins or lodge with a group once the sun goes down you are limited as to where you can get together. We had an event there and we ended up just getting g together at the cabins, so that might be an option to consider if you are wanting a group gathering spot.
When you visit Mammoth Cave National Park aside from the obvious attraction there are several other things to do. In addition there are programs put on by the staff which are advertised on their site.
You can plan a large group gathering at a nominal price. From the lodge ($$$), to the cabins ($$$) and campgrounds ($) there are several options. You can reserve the picnic shelters and meeting room at the Mammoth Picnic Shelter area at the rear of the main visitor center parking lot. Or just stop in and use the picnic tables and grills provided. This area is adjacent to one cabin area and two Trailhead’s.
I have seen deers grazing in this area as well as turkey. There have been some recent upgrades to the trails that traverse the picnic area. There are two loops , each with a pavilion in that area and plenty of picnic areas to use. One latrine and a dumpster/recycle area on the way out.
Almost anything you want to do above and below ground is in this area. Caving, hiking, camping,biking, horse back, canoe, zip line, four wheel, shooting and wine tasting to name a few (and golf….) bring your toys, make a reservation and enjoy :)
I put 1 star just so it'd be more obvious this is not really a campground (I guess The Dyrt pulls listings automatically from reservation websites?). I'm pretty sure we used this (or a similar nearby site) for a picnic and it was lovely. Just don't plan to stay the night!!