Side-trip on our way to Nashville….we stopped at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Our adventure to Mammoth Cave was a real zinger! We got hung up in construction for an hour in Louisville and took back roads and ended up at a dead end road that stopped at the Green River with a ferry. I wish google would have mentioned ending at water and having to cross via a ferry! I did not like the ferry, not one little bit!! Kids were laughing that I was scared!
After safely arriving at the Visitor’s Center and with the huge help from the staff we changed our tour time to allow us to wait on our friends that drove up from Nashville to finish the original tour time and have lunch before our tour departed. The staff was exceptional and the park was pristine inside and out.
While waiting on our friends to return and our own tour time we wandered off into the museum inside the Visitor Center. The museum had a wide variety of interactive educational displays to help you learn about Mammoth Cave. After the museum we bought a few keepsakes from the Gift Shop and then headed outside for a picnic lunch with our friends.
When lunch was over our friends headed back to Nashville and we walked down to the Historic Entrance to Mammoth Cave for the Historic Tour. Countless steps down you could feel the cool air streaming up at you from the Caves below. It was so odd that we tested it…stand sideways and one side of you is hot and humid from the Kentucky heat and the other was cool and damp from the Cave! The tour guides were amazing and patient with the large group they led through the Cave. Most of the passages were wide and high ceiling but others included treks up or down stairs or narrow paths with low ceilings that you had to crouch down. The Historic Tour was considered Moderate difficulty. We learned how the Cave was formed, that it is still actively growing, about the salt peter mines, slave workers and the establishment of the National Park. As a first time visitor I think this was the most appropriate tour to learn all the background of the Cave. At the conclusion of the tour, my family knew one thing…we are coming back and doing another tour or two of different areas of the Cave!
PLEASE NOTE: Mammoth Cave National Park offers a wide variety of tours based on theme and difficulty level. If you decide to visit choose the tour that is right for you and also enjoy the lush forest and rolling hills on the park grounds.
Full Disclosure: Social Moms Around Columbus was compensated for one Media Ticket to the Mammoth Cave National Park. As always, all opinions are our own!