Description - Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 336 miles explored and mapped.
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Mammoth Cave National Park
- Mammoth Cave National Park was established to preserve Mammoth Cave and the cave system that contains it. This system includes more than 336 miles of explored and mapped caves making it This is the longest recorded cave system in the world. Portions of the cave system remain unexplored. The scenic Green and Nolin rivers helped to create the cave system and are preserved within the park boundaries, as well as a section of south central Kentucky.
Recreation - Diverse recreation opportunities at Mammoth Cave National Park are accessible above and below ground level. The visitor center with a knowledgeable staff will help you decide what attractions to see first.
The park is split by the Green River. South of the river, near the Visitor Center, there are six miles of trail; four short trails and a motor trail. Over 60 miles of trail extend through the north side of the park. Most trails on the north side are open to horseback riding. Over 25 miles of the Green and Nolin Rivers run through the park, offering fishing, canoeing and cruises aboard the Miss Green River II.
Climate - The temperature in the cave is approximately 54 degrees Fahrenheit. A light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended. Above ground you'll experience hot and humid summers with temperatures commonly in the mid to upper 90s. Winters are generally mild with rain and some periods of snow January through March. Temperatures usually range in the 30s and 40s.
Mammoth Cave National Park is located in central Kentucky. It lies south of Nolin River Lake and can be accessed from Interstate 65. The Green River divides the park into north and south, and the Nolin River forms the northwestern boundary of the park.