over 153 years Historic Diamond Caverns has offered tours of
Kentucky's most beautiful cave. Intricate drapery deposits line
the halls with thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone
deposits throughout the entire tour. Knowledgeable guides explain
the unique geology and fascinating history of the cave during
the one hour long guided tour. The cave is presented by a state-of-the-art
lighting system with modern concrete trails and safety hand
railings throughout. Browse the caverns gift shop featuring
Kentucky Collection crafts, rocks, minerals, fossils, souvenirs,
books and more.
Mammoth Cave National
Park was established to preserve the cave system, including
Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin
rivers, and a section of south central Kentucky. Beneath the
sandstone-capped ridges of Mammoth Cave National Park lies the
most extensive cave system on earth, with over 350 miles of
passageway mapped and surveyed. And yet after 4,000 years of
intermittent exploration, the full extent of this water-formed
labyrinth remains a mystery. Join us on this journey.
Mammoth Cave National
Park - Open Year-Round.
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky.
I-65 Exits 53 & 48
(270) 758-2180 www.nps.gov/maca
River Cave has one of the largest cave openings in the Eastern
United States. This feature was utilized for shelter by Native
Americans as early as 8,000 BC and by early United States settlers
in the 19th century as a place for milling using water power
of the river. In the 20th century an "Underground Nite
Club" was created and operated until the early 1960's.
Electricity for this establishment was generated by a turbine
driven dynamo. This "Nite Club" dance floor has been
restored and steps are underway to renovate the turbine and
generator for "green power" demonstration.
A Tour of the Cave
and Valley includes a 20-minute Historical River Walk to the
Cave opening emphasizing history, geology/hydrology, and folklore;
followed by a 20-to-25 minute Boat Tour into the cave. The boat
tour enables the visitor to view the large rooms of the cave
and its other interesting features. This boat tour uses three
boats acquired from Mammoth Cave National Park which were previously
used for the Echo River boat ride in Mammoth Cave.
Lost River Cave
- Open Year-Round - Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
I-65 at Exit 22
270) 393-0077 or 1-866-274-CAVE (2283) (Toll Free) www.lostrivercave.com
Visitors will marvel at the beautiful
onyx formations found in the underground chambers of Kentucky
Caverns. The leisurely cave tour features stalactites, stalagmites,
and other formations created by water and time to effect an
incredibly beautiful underworld scene. Included as a part
of Kentucky Down Under – an Australian themed Animal Park,
Kentucky Caverns (formerly Mammoth Onyx Cave) is one of the
gems of Kentucky’s "Cave Country."
Although the cave contains some steps, a small group size
and leisurely pace accommodates most people. Guides welcome
questions and conversation during a 45-minute tour in a comfortable
and constant 60°F setting. Kentucky Caverns is open daily,
except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s
Day. Please note: Kentucky Caverns is not handicapped accessible.
– open year-round- Kentucky Down Under – open mid-March through
Off I-65 at Exit 58 / Horse Cave, Kentucky - 800-762-2869
American Cave Museum is a self-guided museum with two floors
of exhibits dealing with caves, groundwater and pollution. Guided
tours descend 150' underground. Hear the history of Hidden River
Cave, why it was closed for 50 years and it's phenomenal recovery.
View the remains of a turn of the century hydroelectric system,
walk above the Hidden River and witness awe-inspiring chambers
Cave tours last
45-60 minutes and are scheduled upon visitation; roughly 45
minutes apart. Reservations not required. Visitors descend and
climb 230 stairs and navigate an outside trail. Group rates
are available for groups of 10 or more.
American Cave Museum
- Open Year-Round
119 East Main Street, Horse Cave, KY - I-65 Exit 58 (270) 786-1466
OUTLAW CAVE offers
a 35-minute non-strenuous, guided tour filled with beautiful
stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and other breath taking
formations. Area legend has it that famous outlaws such as Jesse
James who roamed this part of the country in 1880, robbing stagecoaches
and banks, hid out in OUTLAW CAVE and as well as other area
caves. Jesse and his gang would have found this cave ideal as
a “hideout” because the natural opening is large enough to ride
a horse in. A tour in OUTLAW CAVE is perfect for the whole family,
where its short length, few stairs, and affordability makes
it easily accessible to all. OUTLAW CAVE offers a lantern tour
daily as well as normal tours.
Outlaw Cave is part of Kentucky
Action Park and Jesse James Riding Stables, located just minutes
off of I-65, Exit 53 on the way to Mammoth Cave National Park.
Onyx Cave is a
colorful cave nearly everyone can enjoy. Guided tours are about
30 minutes long, with few steps. The Cave is a cool, comfortable
60 degree temperature, year-round. Beautiful onyx formations
can be seen throughout. Tours of Onyx Cave are not strenuous
and may be enjoyed by young and old alike, but unfortunately
we are not handicapped accessible. Cave tours start often (on
demand) and are conducted by very efficient, knowledgeable guides.
Bring your camera and save the special memories of your Onyx