Postcard from the Road: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

After two month trips to Thailand last year, this year we decided to stay closer to home (for various reason including financially). So our summer road trip 2013 was born.

Summer Road Trip 2013

Our road trip will take us from Georgia to Indianapolis, Niagara Falls, Toronto, New York City, Philadelphia and home. This two plus weeks will be the most we have ever done. So I decided to do a quick post like a postcard from the road to keep you up to date on our adventure.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Leaving early from our home in northern suburb in Atlanta, we passed through Tennessee and Kentucky on our way to Indiana where we planned to stop.

A Detour at Mammoth Cave National Park

But along the way, as an avid national park passport holder, we looked for opportunity to add a cancellation stamp to our passport book. And as we drove along I-65, I spot the sign for Mammoth Cave National Park right off the exit. Seeing that we still have plenty of time to arrive in Indianapolis later that day, we decided to take a quick detour of our route.

And what a pleasantly surprise to have found a great national park. We had no idea what to expect with Mammoth Cave National Park. I didn’t even know what’s the park is known for.

Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor Center

But as we stopped at the visitor center, we soon learned that we would be visiting not just one of the world longest cave system but also the world heritage site. What a great combo! This made me want to tag my friend, Traci from Go Big or Go Home whose site features her family quest to conquer all biggest, longest, tallest sites all around the world.

Since we didn’t plan the trip, we didn’t anticipate the activities that we could do at the park. The best way to truly explore the Mammoth Cave National Park is to join one of various tours provided by the park ranger. So we settled for the next best thing and explore the visitor center where there are plenty of interactive information for us to learn about the world largest labyrinth underground.

We already talk about planning a trip back so we can truly enjoy visiting Mammoth Cave National Park.

Family Tips:

  • There are various types of accommodation within Mammoth Cave National Park ranging from tent camping, cabin and hotel. So any types of travelers will be sure to find something to suit them.
  • Plan at least one tour to explore the world underground of the cave system that still have yet to be explored fully. The tickets for the tour can be sold out during high season so plan in advance.


About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. I always wanted to visit this PARK, Planning a trip in next vacation.

  2. Cool! I’ve been wanting to go to Mammoth Cave. You have an ambitious trip planned. We just got back from Toronto/Niagara Falls. Beautiful!

  3. Mammoth Cave is only a couple hours from where I live but I’ve never really given it a whole lot of thought before now. Reading your post has given me the motivation to check it out for myself and maybe plan a trip there with my husband! Thanks for highlighting such an awesome looking place to visit!

  4. Nice! I will definitely visit Mammoth Cave. Have fun on this action packed Summer road trip :)

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  6. Daniel Snell says:

    Thanks for the share!

  7. Michael McDevitt says:

    I have been to the mammoth cave at Kentucky. It’ takes about 10 hrs from Toronto to reach Kentucky. Our guide told that it is the longest cave system known to the world. We reached there at 10 am in the morning and left by 6 pm. But the trip was awesome. This majestic cave is worth a visit! Since we had many other plans we couldn’t spend much time there. We usually plans for such trips every month. But for this Christmas we are planning a cruise adventure ( Blount Small Ship Cruise Adventure in United States ) . Fingers crossed!

  8. Such a shame you weren’t able to enjoy more of what it has to offer. This park is amazing! I loved it. If you can definitely go back.

  9. Nice post. I didn’t know about this National Park until i read your article. I know we are on the west coast but we need to plan a vacation there so we could enjoy it. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

  10. I’m always dreaming to visit the Mammoth cave and I hope I can do it within this year.

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