Kentucky is best known for it's rolling green grass hills that gave birth to Bluegrass music and bourbon distilling. The limestone karst topography that underlies the hills and knobs of this unique landscape hold a bigger secret found in Mammoth Caves National Park, the world's longest subterranean cave system. With a little over 400 miles currently surveyed, Mammoth Caves is one of the easiest caves systems to explore as the park features over 14 miles of established trails.

Top Spots

Hike the Indian Staircase Loop and Cloudsplitter

Slade, Kentucky

10 mi

Explore the Lookout from Chained Rock

Pineville, Kentucky


Hike the Pinnacles in Berea

Berea, Kentucky

5 mi / 523 ft gain

Hike to Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock

Slade, Kentucky

2 mi / 400 ft gain

Hike to Courthouse Rock and Double Arch

Stanton, Kentucky

6.1 mi

Hike to Gray's Arch

Stanton, Kentucky

3.3 mi

Hike the Auxier Ridge Trail, KY

Stanton, Kentucky

4 mi / 1300 ft gain

Hike to Whittleton Arch

Pine Ridge, Kentucky

2 mi / 280 ft gain

Camp at Miguel's Pizza

Slade, Kentucky


Places to stay

Grand Rivers, Kentucky


Eddyville, Kentucky

Hurricane Creek

London, Kentucky

Holly Bay

Buckhorn, Kentucky

Buckhorn Campground

Columbia, Kentucky

Holmes Bend

Jamestown, Kentucky

Kendall Campground

Guides and stories

A Guide to Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park

Edward Webb

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