This is the Trip Information Page.

I used to put up particular information for upcoming trips but now I am more lazy and just putting up all the links and blurb I have in one big outline that gradually expands out of control. Thanks to Eric Hofmann and others who have pointed out all this cool stuff to me. Enjoy.

  • Mammoth Cave NP

    • MammothJam 2012 information is as follows
      • Dates are in your facebook or emailinvitation and will not be published here.
      • We will once again use the Maple Springs Group Camp area (details below)
      • Bike ride or float trip? Cast your votes by email or facebook.
      • You are on your own for cave tour tickets this time.
      • Below is generic information about Mammoth Cave National Park.
    • Detailed Map of MCNP.
      • In addition to the main "Headquarters" camp there is also the Maple Springs Group Camp in the center of the park's backcountry.
      • To get there: take I-65 South to one of these two:
        • North entrance: 728 West (through Bonnieville and Priceville and Cub Run) to 1827 West to 1352 South (at Fork's Country Store).
        • Main entrance: 70 West through Cave City to the visitor center
      • From Maple Springs it's a 35mi drive around the park to the visitor center unless the ferry is running. For ferry status call (270)758-2166.
    • Cave tours They can and do fill up. use this link to get to the reservations page.
      • If you like technical caving then you should make a reservation for the "Wild Cave" tour.
      • If you like to see a lot of cave, take the "Violet City" and"Grand Avenue" tours.
      • The "Frozen Niagra" tour is very short, easy for small kids, and features the most famous formation.
      • The "Star Chamber" tour is the cooler evening version of the "Historic" tour. You see the same stuff but in the evening by lantern light.
    • Canoeing on the Green River
    • Hiking: You would need to stay for weeks to hike all of it. Awesome hikes right out of the group camp include several backcountry campsites within a mile or two all the way up to 12-mile round trip to "Turnhole Bend". Even longer multi-day loops are possible with backpacking. See the map link up top. Trails near the visitor center are more crowded and have more options and are closer to cave tours.
    • You can rent bikes cheaply at the camp store at the main campground near the visitor center. The bikes are not fancy but plenty good enough for a ride. The trail is large chunky gravel which can get tiring but the views are wonderful and cool side trips too. You can ride just a couple miles or a whole bunch.
    • 4WDriving Joppa Ridge Road and some other roads in and near the park are fun hilly little adventures with nice vistas. In less than 2 hours round trip you can go see the totally awesome Nolin Dam.
    • CAUTIONS:
      • Load up on beer before you go. It's all dry down there. In 2012 the camp store has started selling beer, but they are the only outlet for miles.
      • Poison Oak/Ivy/Sumac - Plan ahead. Have Tecnu or similar stuff. You may recall the ridiculous rash I had in 2008 which was because I didn't use Tecnu immediately, letting the oils sink in. I am probably hypersensitive to such things but you should be careful anyway.
      • Green River Ferry may be closed, don't assume it will be open.
        For ferry status call (270)758-2166.
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