Mammoth Cave National Park

Another part of the Appalachian Trail trip was a stop at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.  Mammoth Cave’s main draw is the caves, but they also have hiking trails above ground.  We had considered doing some of those trails, but did not get to it.  There were many tours to choose from all with different lengths and levels of difficulty.  We picked the Domes and Dripstones Tour.  

The tour started off with a bus ride to an entrance to the cave.  We went down a bunch of stairs and wound around until we were 250 feet underground.  We came to a a large room and the guide talked a bit.  Some kids originally discovered this room and they used lanterns for light.  There were lights throughout the cave, and before we moved on to the next room the guides turned off all the lights.  It was really neat to be in complete darkness.  We traveled through some more passways into other rooms.  Every now and then the guides would stop and talk a bit.  At the end of the tour we went to an area that had lots of stalactites and stalagmites.  Some were really big.  The guide said it took 150 years to make one inch.

Our tour took about 2 hours and it was .75 of a mile.  We went down 500 steps.  There were some other tours that went through smaller areas where you were required to wear a helmet.  Someday I will have to go back!


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