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MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – NATIONAL PARK WEEK
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
Enjoy National Park Week
April 15-23, 2017
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., April 13, 2017 – Fresh air, sunshine, trails to hike, caves to explore – National Park Week, April 15-23, 2017, is a great time to get outside. Free Mammoth Cave Discovery tours will be offered on the weekends, April 15-16 and April 22-23.
“Parks are the perfect place to get out and play,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “Physicians and psychologist recommend outdoor activities for the physical and mental health of their patients. And it’s just plain fun. Make it a point to regularly schedule some nature-time for yourself and your family.”
Mammoth Cave has trails to hike, bike and ride horseback; rivers to paddle and fish; campgrounds in the frontcountry and the backcountry; and the longest cave in the world to explore.
In recognition of National Park Week, the park will offer free Mammoth Cave Discovery Tours on the weekends, and guided wildflower walks on Saturday, April 15:
April 15 &16, April 22 & 23 – Free cave tour: Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour
Participants must pick up a free ticket in the visitor center before going on this tour.
The Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour requires a walk down and up the steep hill below the visitor center, as well as 160 steps. Visit the Rotunda, one of the cave’s largest rooms, explore a vast canyon passageway, and learn about 19th-century saltpeter mining operations and the geologic origins of the Mammoth Cave System. Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Allow at least 30 minutes; about 3/4 mile round trip. This is a self-guided tour.
Saturday, April 15, Wildflower Hikes
Join wildflower expert Park Ranger Larry Johnson for a hike in the woods. Each hike is two miles long and will last about two hours. Dress in layers and tick spray is recommended.
• 10:00 a.m. Cedar Sink – meet at the Cedar Sink parking lot on Pig Road.
• 2:00 p.m. Green River Bluffs – meet at the visitor center flag pole
Note – Cave tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the death of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS was found in Mammoth Cave in winter 2012-13. To minimize the spread of WNS fungus, all participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats immediately following the conclusion of their tour to clean their footwear.