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Mammoth Picnic Shelters

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Summary

Mammoth Cave National Park offers two picnic shelters in the Picnic Area, one of which is enclosed and the other is open. The area is known for its 400 miles of cave formations, as well as its hiking trails and the nearby Green River. There are also plenty of opportunities here to explore the park, enjoy the outdoors, go fishing, or go kayaking.

Overview

There are two shelters available at the Mammoth Cave Picnic Area for visitor use, two of which can be reserved.   

  • Shelter G-1 in Picnic Area is an Enclosed Shelter
  • Shelter G-2 in PIcnic Area is an Open Ohelter

The shelters are within Mammoth Cave National Park, which is best known for its cave that extends over 400 miles. The cave formation began millions of years ago when mildly acidic groundwater dissolved on beds of limestone, creating subterranean passages. Native inhabitants of the cave include bats, spiders, and blindfish.

Recreation

Picnicking, enjoying the outdoors, and exploring the caves are of primary interest to visitors. The site has trailheads to the Green River Bluffs Trail and the Dixon Cave Trail. Both hiking trails are about a mile long.

Facilities

The picnic shelters are across from the Visitor Center parking lot, nestled in the Picnic Area. Each shelter is equipped to accommodate up to 60 people. Choose from the enclosed shelter or the open shelters, and enjoy the grassy surrounding area as well.

Natural Features

The picnic shelters are surrounded by oak, elm, and maple trees in the Green River Valley. The park sits above the labyrinth of underground caves and extends out over rolling hill country.

Nearby Attractions

The Green River is where anglers can fish for perch, bass and bluegills, and where kayakers can paddle past lush, tree-lined banks. Any part of Mammoth Cave National Park's 52,800 acres is worth exploring through trails or scenic drives.

Charges & Cancellations

For rules and reservation policies please follow the link below:

https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies

Campground Matrix

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