Mammoth Cave National Park Hiking Trails


Mammoth Cave National Park Hiking Trails

Mammoth Cave National Park has nearly 84 miles of hiking trails that weave throughout the park. While most visitors come to explore the depths of the longest cave system in the world, they are soon amazed by the park’s incredible network of trails that pass through some of the most biologically diverse habitats in the country. Mammoth Caves has nearly twenty miles of easy frontcountry trails and about 65 miles of backcountry trails that explore areas of the park upon which few visitors ever step foot. Below we’ve listed a few of our favorite hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park, everything from easy leg-stretchers to backcountry adventures.

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Easy Hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park
Moderate Hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park
Difficult Hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park

Easy Hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park

A visit to Mammoth Cave would not be complete without taking a tour of the cave. There are several options available for tours. Also, hikers can explore more than 7 miles of easy trails that meander around the Visitor Center. These trails feature scenic overlooks, bubbling springs and a look into the park’s rich history.

Mammoth Cave N.P. Cave Tours

Options (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Varies (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave N.P. Cave Tours are a great way to explore the largest cave system in the world. There are options that are great for kids, the elderly and the adventurous.

Mammoth Cave Visitor Center Trails

Options (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave Visitor Center Trails are a great way to explore the park's wildlife and biodiversity and are perfect for hikers with small kids.

Sand Cave Trail (MCNP)

0.2 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Sand Cave Trail is a very easy hike in Mammoth Cave National Park that is a great choice for hikers with small children.

Sloan’s Crossing Pond

0.4 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Sloan's Crossing Pond is a very easy kid friendly and ADA accessible hike in Mammoth Cave National Park that is perfect for visitors traveling with small children.

Turnhole Bend Nature Trail

0.5 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Turnhole Bend Nature Trail is a very easy kid friendly hike in Mammoth Cave National Park that features incredible scenery packed into a short distance.

Cedar Sink Trail (MCNP)

1 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Cedar Sink Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Mammoth Cave National Park that is a great choice for hikers traveling with small children or the elderly but still want to get off the beaten path.

Moderate Hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park

For hikers looking for a longer adventure these 3 trails are sure to please. The Big Hollow Loop and the Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail are both awesome options for a mountain bike ride, which is a rarity in National Parks.

Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail

10.25 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail is a moderate kid friendly hike or mountain bike trail in Mammoth Cave National Park that offers wonderful scenery and wildlife viewing.

White Oak Trail (MCNP)

5 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

Rolling Hills (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

White Oak Trail is a moderate kid friendly hike or mountain bike trail in Mammoth Cave National Park that offers wonderful scenery and wildlife viewing.

Big Hollow North Loop Trail (MCNP)

5.3 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

Rolling Hills (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Big Hollow North Loop is a moderate kid friendly hike or mountain bike trail in Mammoth Cave National Park that offers wonderful scenery and wildlife viewing.

Difficult Hikes in Mammoth Cave National Park

If you want to truly get off the beaten path and escape the crowds these hikes are for you. These trails offer a backcountry experience in Mammoth Cave and for those looking to camp in the backcountry. These hikes are longer and more strenuous, but for hikers who venture down the trail they are rewarded with stunning scenery.

Buffalo Creek Trail (MCNP)

8.8 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

Rolling Hills (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Buffalo Creek Trail is a difficult hike in Mammoth Cave National Park that is a great choice for hikers looking to beat the crowds and explore the park's backcountry.

Sal Hollow Loop Trail

10.25 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

Rolling Hills (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Sal Hollow Loop Trail is a great hike or backpacking trip that features amazing scenery and a chance to escape the crowds.

First Creek Loop Trail (MCNP)

17.3 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

Rolling Hills (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

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.

Big Hollow North and South Loop Trail

10.1 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

Rolling Hills (Elev. Δ - ft)

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Big Hollow North and South Loop is a difficult hike or mountain bike trail in Mammoth Cave National Park that offers wonderful scenery and wildlife viewing.