More than 4000 years ago, Native Americans discovered the Mammoth caves. Inside the cave, remnants of ancient torches, sandals and clothing were found that gave clues about the people of the past. In the late 1790s, explorers first went into the cave. From then on, guides have been welcoming visitors and leading them into the caves.
On July 1, 1941, Mammoth Cave, which is located in Kentucky, became a National Park and was considered as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO on October 27, 1981.
On September 26, 1990, Mammoth Cave was designated as an important International Biosphere Reserve. These recognitions only show how unique and important the Mammoth Caves are, which are worth seeing and will surely give visitors unique experience.
At present, almost 400 miles of the cave system has been already mapped. New caves are still being discovered through continuous explorations. This five-layered cave system is the largest in the world. Approximately, 500,000 visitors come to go spelunking every year and hike 200 to 300 ft below the surface showcasing eroding limestone. Exploring a cave surrounded by darkness and squeezing into some tight spots in the caves will provide the adventure the thrill-seekers are looking for.
People can plan to go to the Mammoth Cave National Park any month of the year, but more visitors come during summer season that’s why there are also more tours to choose from. There’s no entrance fee to the park. There is a fee for the tour, which is relatively cheap. On the other hand, people who wish to go camping also need to pay a fee for each site. Families can enjoy camping at the park or have a tour inside the caves to find out from themselves what the planet we are living in is made of.