Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, USA is the biggest cave system in the world and really is a fun, yet challenging adventure to explore.
Mammoth Cave National Park not only boasts an incredible cave system, but driving into the main park is nearly as rewarding with its luscious trees and dense greenery that 53,000 acres. You will even see turkeys scattered on the road sides on the drive in.
The tour we chose had us line up for a bus to take us to the entrance to the cave, deep in the forest. It was a dingy narrow walkway that we were led into and the further down the steps we go, the cooler it got, which was refreshing compared to Kentucky’s high humidity in the summer. But it didn’t take long to realize despite the cooler air, the humidity will still probably make you sweat.
As you make your way further down, the true size of the cave system is still disguised, but after going deeper into Mammoth Cave and seeing the cylinder-style staircase that leads down to lower levels, the sheers size started to reveal itself.
Throughout the tour, there were a few stops in the bigger chambers while the tour guides explained the history and what made the incredible rock formations.
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Though Mammoth Cave doesn’t have such hypnotic views like the Bioluminescence Caves of New Zealand or the Ice Caves under the Vatnajökull Glacier, it makes up for it with its sheer size, history and offers more of a cave-like feel with its sandy colored lime stone and the soothing drips of water through the million year old rock.
It’s certainly a challenging adventure and requires those wanting to explore to be able to maneuver through narrow spaces as well as low rock, but we did have a toddler with us, so it was a little tougher.
All-in-all we highly recommend visiting Mammoth Cave if you’re in the Kentucky area, but traveling a vast distance specifically for the views, well, that depends how dedicated you are to cave exploration.
Mammoth Cave National Park official website.