MAMMOTH PICNIC SHELTERS, KY

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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...

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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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hot Water
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Learn more about White-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that is threatening cave-hibernating bat populations in our national parks.
  • Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    MAMMOTH PICNIC SHELTERS
    PO Box 7
    Mammoth Cave  KY  42259

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (270)758-2424