First Creek Loop Trail (MCNP)

  • Web tents in a tree with wonderful light in Mammoth Cave National Park.


Dogs No


Fall Foliage

17.3 (miles)



Rolling Hills (Elev. Δ - ft)


Mammoth Cave

First Creek Loop Trail is an epic day hike or backpacking trip in Mammoth Cave National Park that is perfect for hikers who crave solitude and a wilderness experience. This hike starts at the First Creek Trailhead. Next take the McCoy Hollow Trail for about 6 miles until it reaches a junction with the West Prong Trail. Take the West Prong Trail for about 4 miles back to the trailhead. Mammoth Cave National Park protects the largest known cave system in the world. So far more than 400 miles of Mammoth Cave have been explored, that’s nearly double the next largest cave system. While the cave is certainly a highlight for most visitors, don't forget to explore what’s above the surface. Mammoth Cave National Park is home to more than 1,300 different species. To put that into perspective, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is famed for its biodiversity and has more than 1,500 different species. Mammoth Cave has nearly as much biodiversity and is one tenth of the size as GSMNP. The park is home to over 70 different threatened or endangered species. The park trails offer wonderful fall foliage, wildlife viewing and a chance to connect with nature. There is camping available in Mammoth Cave National Park.

Red Tape

Entrance Free, Cave tour and camping fees
Contact: Mammoth Cave National Park P.O. Box 7 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

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