Mammoth Cave National Park will offer the Discovery cave tour from 10 am to 3 pm for free on Saturday, September 28, in recognition of National Public Lands Day. Public Lands Day is the nationwide opportunity to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire resource stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.
The free Discovery tour is a self-guided tour and will allow participants to visit one of the cave’s largest rooms, the Rotunda, and explore the history and geologic origins of the Mammoth Cave system. No reservations are required, but participants must pick up tickets in the visitor center before starting the tour at the Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave. The tour will travel approximately ¾-mile into the cave with participants being required to walk down and up a steep hill as well as navigate 160 steps on the tour.
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National Public Lands Day falls on Cave Country’s Trail Town Weekend when several outdoor recreational opportunities are being held across Kentucky’s cave country from September 27-29. Planned events hosted by Cave Country Trails include an organized bicycle ride, group horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking on the Green and Nolin Rivers, and a running event in the local community. In addition, Friends of Mammoth Cave will host the 5th Annual Mammoth-on, America’s only cave walk, trail hike, and bicycle triathlon on Sunday, September 29 at 8 am.
For more details on all of the events taking place during Trail Town Weekend, please visit the Friends of Mammoth Cave on Facebook at Facebook.com/MammothFriends and Cave Country Trails on Facebook Facebook.com/CaveCountryTrails.