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Spelunking in Mammoth Cave Area

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A June 2008 trip to Kentucky by kwasiak

Mammoth Cave National Park Photo, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky More Photos
Quote: Began Cave Road Trip by Visiting Four Caves in Mammoth Cave Area of Kentucky

Lost River Cave Underground Boat Tour

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Attraction | "Lost River Cave"

Lost River Cave Underground Boat Tour Photo, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Of the caves we visited in Kentucky, Lost River Cave was my favorite. The tour starts as a short hike from near the parking lot to the cave entrance. Along the way you walk by the river, which becomes the Lost River when in the cave. The guide tells a little about the nature in the area and begins talking about the history of the cave during this part of the tour.The cave has quite an interesting history. For one, it was used as a hideout for soldiers during the Civil war. This included local Confederate sympathizers and Union soldiers at different points during the war. It is also supposedly one of the many caves that Jesse James used as a hideout. Additionally the cave has a ballr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Lost River Cave Underground Boat Tour
2818 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 393-0077

Onyx Cave

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Onyx Cave Photo, Cave City, Kentucky
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Onyx Cave is one of the smaller commercial caves near Mammoth Cave National Park. Tours are supposedly on demand, but on the day we visited they only had one guide and it was about a 20 minute wait to do the tour. It is not a horrible cave to visit, however, it also is not interesting enough to make the long wait worth it.The tour of Onyx Cave is not very long at around 45 minutes. Parts of it are kind of plain, especially in the main passageway. There are some more interesting parts, especially around the stairs. The tour is also a little of a wild caving experience without the mess. By this I mean there are some tight spots and the artificial edges are kept to a minimum....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Onyx Cave
101 Huckleberry Knob Road
Cave City, Kentucky 42127
(270) 773-2323

Diamond Caverns

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Attraction | "Historic Diamond Caverns"

Diamond Caverns Photo, Park City, Kentucky
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Historic Diamond Caverns is the last commercial hold out within Mammoth Cave National Park. It has been offering tours since the mid-1800s. While it may appear to be a tourist trap cave, it actually has some worthwhile cave formations to admire.The tour of Diamond Cave is not extremely spectacular, but it is pretty good considering it is not that big of a show cave tour. The length is only about half a mile. Throughout the tour the cave is well decorated with formations.There is a decent variety in formations, such as stalagmites, stalactites, and cave bacon. In particular they have some well-lit examples of cave bacon, which is small cave drapery that looks a lot like bac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Diamond Caverns
1900 Mammoth Cave Parkway
Park City 42160
(270) 749-2233

Dinosaur World

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Dinosaur World Photo, Cave City, Kentucky
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At first look I thought Dinosaur World may be a cheesy road side attraction, but boy did it end up exceeding my expectations. I am so glad I was traveling with an 8-year-old dinosaur loving boy, as otherwise I would have missed this great place.I forget exactly how much per person this place cost, but in the end it proved worth it, although it is not exactly a great deal. The thing is that it can be enjoyed by the whole family and is even slightly educational. If you do not have any kids traveling with you, then it is not really worth stopping at, however, if you do, then this is one of the best tourist traps near Mammoth Cave National Park.The main attraction at Dinosaur Wo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Dinosaur World
711 Mammoth Cave Road
Cave City 42127
(270) 773-4345

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Attraction | "The Grand Avenue Tour of Mammoth Cave"

Mammoth Cave National Park Photo, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
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The four-hour long Grand Avenue tour of Mammoth Cave is certainly something amazing. It is kind of long and a little bit of a strenuous cave tour, but the pace is slow allowing the cave to still be enjoyed as you trek through it. There are some spots tall people might need to duck, but overall the tour goes through reasonably spacious passageways.I enjoyed this cave tour mostly because of the awe inspiring amount of cave we covered, which is actually only about one percent of the mapped Mammoth Cave. There is not much in terms of cave formations until the end, but just pondering how water formed the spaces you walk through makes it something to see.Parts of the tour were a l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259
(270) 758-2180

Spelunking in Mammoth Cave Area

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Dinosaur World Photo, Cave City, Kentucky
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As part of a cave road trip across America our first stop was Mammoth Cave. While there we also trekked through a few of the other caves open to the public in the area.We spent two days touring four caves and Dinosaur World while camping in Mammoth Cave National Park. Each cave had its own highlight that made it at least as interesting as the last and kept the cave tours from becoming monotonous.The Mammoth Cave Grand Avenue Tour was amazing with the large spaces and the aspect of having lunch in the cave. Diamond Caverns gave us a good look at different cave formations. Onyz Cave had some fun stair passageways and a few kind of tight spots. Lost River Cave was my favorite wit...Read More