Get ready for next year- Pedal for the Park,
May 10, 2014
The Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park, works in cooperation with the National Park Service, to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, and the visitor experience of Mammoth Cave National Park. We can only accomplish our goal with the support of individuals and organizations that care about Mammoth Cave and want to help ensure that its magic endures forever.
Walk in the Park,
Sept. 28, 2013.
Thanks to all who came this year.
Let's do it again in '14.
What would we do without Friends?
The Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park are a great help to the park, and I encourage you to join up and be a Friend, too.
Our Friends add a margin of excellence to the park and increase the stewardship of the caves, forests, rivers, and rugged karst terrain of Mammoth Cave. They help us find and build new partnerships to fund a wide variety of park programs and research. They get kids into the woods and into the cave by funding bus transportation to schools that could not afford a fieldtrip without the Friends’ help.
We are grateful to have Friends like the members of the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park. The Friends provide a means to accept donations to further the park’s educational efforts and research. The Friends recruit volunteers who donate their sweat-equity in the park’s resource protection projects.
It’s good to have Friends.
See photos of this year's ride in our Gallery
Thursday, November 28, 2013
(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. - November 26, 2013) - Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead has announced the release of Improvements to Concession Facilities - Draft Environmental Assessment. Public comment on the document will be accepted November 26-December 28, 2013. The park will host a public open house on December 12, 2013.
“In developing this plan, we have considered available funding, what visitors need, the need for a concessioner to be able to profit, and how the concessions facilities could provide the best value to the government,” said Craighead. “We welcome public comment on this document. We hope to see many people at the open house and receive many written comments as well.”
A public scoping session was held in 2010 as the park began planning (37 people attend a meeting and 30 submitted comments). In summary, scoping showed that the public favored: clean, comfortable lodging, a majority stated an interest in rustic cabins; a variety of food/beverage options and affordable choices; and updated façade, landscaping, and amenities. (click title for more)
End of season for campgrounds, picnic area
Friday, November 22, 2013
(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – November 21, 2013) December marks the end of the season for certain services at Mammoth Cave National Park, including the picnic area and campgrounds.
The picnic area, Maple Springs Group Campground and Mammoth Cave Campground (near the visitor center) will be closed December 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014. Houchin Ferry campground will remain closed through the winter.
Backcountry campsites on the north side of Green River will be available through the winter months. (end)
Friday, November 22, 2013
(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky.) Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead invites all area residents to the 34rd annual Cave Sing, Sunday, December 1, 2013. Participants will depart from the visitor center at 2:00 p.m. for this free event.
“We have hosted the Cave Sing every year since 1980,” said Craighead, “and we hope again this year, many local residents will return for a fun afternoon underground. The acoustics of the cave are excellent whether listening to performers or singing along.”
The idea for the Cave Sing dates back to 1883, when residents held a Christmas celebration inside Mammoth Cave. An article about the event stated, "the halls of the cave ring with joyous carols and the laughter of happy children."
“The Caveman Chorus is back this year,” said Chuck DeCroix, one of the event coordinators. “We hope visitors will enjoy the a cappella tones of this old fashioned barbershop group. The Glasgow Brass Quintet will grace us with an underground performance, too. You don’t want to miss it.” (click title for more)
Veterans Day Weekend brings Roots in the Cave and free tours
Friday, October 25, 2013
Roots in the Cave, November 8-9, and Veterans Day Weekend, November 9-11, offer Mammoth Cave enthusiasts special opportunities to enjoy their national park.
On November 8-9, Roots in the Cave, sponsored by the Mammoth Cave Hotel and Mammoth Cave National Park, will focus on the life and discoveries of Leo Hunt. On November 9-11, the park will recognize Veterans Day with free Mammoth Passage cave tours.
“Roots in the Cave is an annual fall event that explores the family histories and heritage of those people who once lived on what is now parkland,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “And on Veterans Day Weekend, we invite people to come out and take a free Mammoth Passage tour.”
Roots in the Cave November 8-9
Mammoth Cave became a national park in 1941, but before that time this land held 600 farms and 30 communities. Roots in the Cave draws descendants together to share stories and research.
This year the Hotel has organized a Friday evening panel discussion focused on Leo Hunt, his exploration of New Discovery, and the Hunt family. The genealogy room in the Rotunda Room will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday; participants are encouraged to bring family information to share. On Saturday there is a special four-mile cave trip to Echo River, and an evening presentation and discussion of the history of Mammoth Cave Hotel led by Richard Hobart and Norman Warnell.
A registration fee of $25 includes the cave tour and admission to the Friday night Panel Discussion on Leo Hunt, led by his son Billy Frank Hunt, with Dr. Stan Sides and Norman Warnell. Admission to the Panel Discussion alone is $5, free with purchase of dinner in the hotel dining room. Five dollars of the registration fee will be refunded to registrants who have dinner in the dining room. The cave tour is limited to 40 participants. Registration will only be accepted beginning Friday at 5:30 at the Rotunda Room. No telephone registration is
available for these activities, however, those who wish to go on the special cave Roots in the Cave tour may call ahead to reserve a spot. A special room rate for Roots in the Cave participants is $45 plus tax; call 270-758-2225 for reservations.
For Roots in the Cave questions, please call Mary Anne Davis at 270-773-5099. For a personal copy of the agenda, email email@example.com.
Free Mammoth Passage cave tours November 9-11
On November 9, 10, and 11, the park will offer free guided Mammoth Passage tours. Each tour is limited to 40 people; visitors must pick up their free tickets at the visitor center prior to departure times. Mammoth Passage tours will depart from the visitor center at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30, and 3:00.
Mammoth Passage is a ¾-mile, 1¼ hour cave tour, and requires a walk down and up the hill below the visitor center, as well as 68 steps at the Historic Entrance.
Note: tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats:
While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the deaths of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS has not been found in Mammoth Cave to date, however, park staff are taking precautions to minimize the spread of WNS fungus to or from Mammoth Cave. When going on a Mammoth Cave tour, do not wear clothing or shoes that have been worn in other caves or mines. All participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour. (end)
Cedar Sink Road to close October 28-29 during work hours
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Cedar Sink Road in Mammoth Cave National Park will be closed on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29, during work hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Federal Highway Administration personnel will be in the park to prepare for upcoming road work. They will be core-drilling Cedar Sink Road to assess the road base.
Green River Ferry
Monday, September 23, 2013
Ferry is open
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
By Hope S. Philbrick
“Caves are like snowflakes,” says Dave Foster, geologist and executive director of Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum. “No two are alike. You need to see them all. They’re all different”
Indeed, after a week touring seven of the underground attractions Kentucky has to offer along Interstate 65-Kentucky Cave Country stretches from Bowling Green to Louisville, if driving north-it’s clear that a whole other world lurks beneath the bourbon distilleries, thoroughbred farms, quilt barns and museums, Lincoln historic sites and rolling fields of bluegrass that you may already think define the state.
Until you see what’s under Kentucky, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. (click title to read more)
Friday, August 30, 2013
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 30, 2013 - The Maple Springs Trailhead and Maple Springs Loop Road in Mammoth Cave National Park will remain closed through December 1, 2013, to allow for completion of the expansion of the trailhead and construction of Big Hollow Trail, according to Superintendent Sarah Craighead. Maple Springs Group Campground will be open by reservation only September 1 through November 30, 2013. (click title for more)
Friday, August 16, 2013
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 16, 2013 - Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead announced today that the Park is seeking public comment on an increase in cave tour rates by $1 to $2, which would take effect in 2014. The authority to charge recreational fees at national parks stems from the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. (click title to read more)
Friday, July 26, 2013
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., July 26, 2013 - On July 22, 2013, Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead signed an agreement with the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association which establishes its members as the primary caretakers of the new 8-mile Big Hollow Trail. (click title for more)
Monday, July 15, 2013
“Mammoth Cave is important to many people, in many different ways,” said Craighead. “We want to hear all viewpoints.” (click title for more)
Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON - National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced today that he has selected Stanley J. Austin to serve as the agency’s Southeast regional director. Austin began his new duties in mid-July. (Click title for more)
Friday, March 29, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has analyzed the economic impacts of designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the Diamond Darter in West Virginia and Kentucky. On Friday, March 29, 2013, we will publish a notice of availability of the draft economic analysis in the Federal Register and reopen the comment period for thirty days. This will allow the public the opportunity to comment both on the proposal to list the diamond darter as endangered with critical habitat and on the draft economic analysis. (click title for more)
See photos of this year's walk in our Gallery