Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name - Mammoth.
Located right on Main Street in the middle of the Horse Cave Cultural District, Hidden River Cave snakes below the town's streets and sidewalks. The scenic entrance is the region's greatest photo op. Your guided tour follows the path of a subterranean river that flows beneath the town. An optional off-trail Wild Cave Tour, featured by Mike Rowe on the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" series, offers a close-up look at the wonders of the underground ecosystem. Located adjacent to the American Cave Museum.
Outlaw Cave offers forty-five minute non-strenuous cave tours filled with beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and other breathtaking formations. It has been said that famous outlaws such as Jesse James hid out in area caves. Outlaw Cave Tours frequently offer evening Lantern Tours which make for a great experience. No reservations needed.
Packs miles of underground beauty into just a short walk The cave gets its name from the wide variety of onyx formations seen from the easy walking trails. Odd coral-like formations tempt the imagination and giant domes with colorful striations reach up like cathedral ceilings.
Kentucky's ONLY Underground Boat Tour and the enchanting Butterfly Habitat await you at Lost River Cave. Daylight disappears from view as you board the boat on the river that Ripley's Believe It or Not claims is the shortest, deepest in the world. A comfortable 57 degrees year round, the boat tour offers a visit into the timeless world of a Kentucky Natural wonder. The walking tour along the river's edge will bring alive stories of Native Americans, Civil War troops and the notorious Jesse James. Enjoy Treetop Bridge, nature trails, wetlands, paved bicycle trails, bird-watching stations, a picnic area, gemstone sluice and Wildflower Gifts.
This is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible caves in the US. Kentucky Caverns was discovered in 1799, and opened to public tours in 1922. Tours of Kentucky Caverns are scheduled throughout the day and no prior reservations are necessary. The tour is approximately 45 minutes. This is an active cave: when it rains, the water drips down through the ground and into the cave continually creating new formations! There are many different formations to behold in the cave, such as stalagmites and stalactites, cave popcorn and cave cauliflower. Unsure what cave popcorn or cave cauliflower are? Your interpreter will be happy to explain.
Horse Cave is not your typical small town. Designated as a Kentucky Cultural District, it is has a National Register of Historic Places Commercial District with more than 50 buildings anchored by a world-class theatre and museum. Bust most remarkable of all, the region's largest natural cave entrance is in the middle of town, and the cave runs underneath your feet. Even the sidewalk are unique! The award-winning Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour introduces you to the remarkable citizen effort that created the Kentucky Repertory Theatre and provides a glimpse back to the days when the region was dominated by the Cave Wars, as the citizens tell the fascinating stories of their town that developed on top of a cave.
Diamond Caverns is open for tours year-round. Guided one-hour-long tours are offered every 20 - 30 minutes throughout the day. Out of respect for our hard-working staff, we will be closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's days so that they can spend time with their families.
The cave remains a comfortable 58 degrees year-round, which feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Plan to wear comfortable, supportive walking shoes for the ½ mile cave tour.
Cub Run Cave, located in scenic Hart County, Ky., was first discovered in 1950. It was then briefly shown to the public before being closed for the next 55 years. The cave reopened to the public in July 2006. New elevated wooden walkways and modern lighting were constructed for the public's safety and convenience. Come discover for yourself one of Kentucky's newest and most beautifully decorated show caves!
The American Cave Museum has been honored by the Nature Conservancy Magazine as "a little bit of Smithsonian in rural Kentucky." Exhibits include: bats, blind fish and other cave animals; prehistoric and modern cave explorers; saltpeter mining; groundwater science and cave geology: and the cave wars. Located adjacent to Hidden River Cave.