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Recommendations for Mammoth Cave NP visit

Has anyone recently camped at Mommoth Cave NP, Kentucky? Going in August. How would you rate the campground facilities. Any good tips for caving, hiking, kayaking, and cave tours? Would love to hear from you. Thanks. Kathy

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Hi @KAC - Thanks for reaching out! It's exciting to hear you are heading to Mammoth Cave NP this summer. 

Cave tours often sell out in Mammoth, so once you know which you want to do, booking sooner than later will be a good idea with limited availability. There are a variety of tour options that suit different groups, so you will want to think about how long you'd like to be in the caves, if you want a self guided vs group tour, and more. As seen in the list linked above, the following options may be a good fit:

  • Discovery Self-Guided Tour - a shorter length tour you can do at your own pace
  • River Styx Modified Tour - has a chance to go down by the river within the cave!
  • Historic Modified Tour - has both wide open rooms and narrow passageways

Hopefully some fellow community members will be able to weigh in with their feedback on the campgrounds, their favorite hikes, or kayaking experiences. Because NP campsites are seeing high demand this season, looking at the sites available on Hipcamp might open up your options a bit more too. It looks like right now there are many nearby options available during August. 

Hopefully this helps!

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Thank you so much for the suggestions. I agree, camp reservations can be a challenge these days. We are car campers, and thank goodness we have our campground reservations shored up. We will be staying at the NP.  Really looking forward to visiting the caves and getting outdoors.