MAMMOTH PICNIC SHELTERS, KY

Mammoth is a large picnic shelter equipped with grills and plenty of seating, conveniently located near the starting point of Mammoth Cave's park tours. Visitors can take a hike, join a cave tour, and still have time to fire up the grill for a picnic. The shelters are within...
Status: Open through Sun Nov 30 2014   Season Dates

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    Picnic Area PICNIC 60 Accessible
    Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Picnic Area PICNIC 60 Accessible
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Overview

    Overview

    Mammoth is a large picnic shelter equipped with grills and plenty of seating, conveniently located near the starting point of Mammoth Cave's park tours. Visitors can take a hike, join a cave tour, and still have time to fire up the grill for a picnic.

    The shelters are within Mammoth Cave National Park, which is best known for its caves that extend for 390 miles. Their formation began millions of years ago when mildly acidic groundwater dissolved on beds of limestone, creating subterranean passages. Native inhabitants of the cave include bats, spiders, and blindfish.

    Natural Features:

    The picnic shelters are surrounded by oak, elm, and maple trees in the Green River Valley. The park sits above the labyrinth of underground caves and extends out over rolling hill country.

    Recreation:

    Picnicking, enjoying the outdoors, and exploring the caves are of primary interest to visitors. The site has trailheads to the Green River Bluffs Trail and the Dixon Cave Trail. Both hiking trails are about a mile long.

    Facilities:

    The picnic shelters are across the road from the visitor center parking lot. Both shelters fit 60 people. Choose from the enclosed shelter or the open shelter, and enjoy the grassy surrounding area as well.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The Green River is where anglers can fish for perch, bass and bluegills, and where kayakers can paddle past lush, tree-lined banks. Any part of Mammoth Cave National Park's 52,800 acres is worth exploring through trails or scenic drives.

    Booking Window
    Thu Sep 04 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Wed Sep 03 2014 Sun Nov 30 2014
    Peak Sat May 23 2015 Mon Sep 07 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Drinking Water
    • Flush Toilets
    • Grills
    • Hot Water
    • Trash Collection
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Sep 03 2014 -
    Nov 30 2014
    PICNIC $25.00-$50.00
    Peak Season
    May 23 2015 -
    Sep 07 2015
    PICNIC $25.00-$50.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.18333, -86.15
    37°11'0"N, 86°9'0"W

    From the North: Take Interstate 65 to Exit 53 (Cave City Exit). Turn right
    From the South: Take Interstate 65 to Exit 48 (Park City Exit). Turn left
    Follow signs to the visitors center picnic area located on the right of the parking lot.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    MAMMOTH PICNIC SHELTERS
    PO Box 7
    Mammoth Cave  KY  42259

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (270)758-2424