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Cave Entrance, Mammoth Cave NP

 
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Cave Entrance, Mammoth Cave NP
Mammoth Cave is believed to be the world's largest cave. It lies in Kentucky's karst region, with lots of caves that may or may not be connected to one another somehow.

The other cave entrances I've seen in Mammoth Cave NP are gated off. This one, marked #205 by the Department of the Interior, was very much open. It is easily visible from a stream crossing on the Sal Hollow Trail, about a quarter mile east of Sal Hallow. I don't know whether it connects up with the main cave, or with any other.

A look inside the cave entrance is here.

It is against park regulations to enter a cave without a permit.

Photo taken November 2008.

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banzai.barbaraah...

Voted 10/10

Mammoth caves KY, Lechuguilla NM, Mistery Falls TN... some of the most beautiful caves in the world and they're all in the US. You lucky guys!!
:-) :-)

ciao b.

(where do you get permit to enter the cave, btw?)
Posted Nov 12, 2008 4:53 am

Arthur DigbeeRe: ah...

Arthur Digbee

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The park website is http://www.nps.gov/maca.

It's set up to sell guided cave tours, and doesn't have information about non-guided trails. To get information about a permit, you'll have to contact the park staff directly.
Posted Nov 12, 2008 5:50 am

YetiBeen there!

Yeti

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I have pics of the inside of this cave listed in my SP gallery. It's fairly level, has a stream down the middle of it.
Never more than about 3ft in height, it goes about 12ft straight back into the hill, then makes a sharp right and continues for about 40ft. It terminates in a room big enough to sit upright in. Requires a belly crawl over a rocky mud slump.
There is a second passage, which is on the right, immediately inside the entrance. It reconnects with the main passagem though.
Watch out for critters, especially in the winter.
Posted Nov 21, 2008 12:30 pm

Arthur DigbeeRe: Been there!

Arthur Digbee

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Is it this one?

Maybe you could create an album of your shots and attach it to the main MCNP page.

Posted Nov 21, 2008 1:23 pm

YetiRe: Been there!

Yeti

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At the moment, all of my cave shots hosted on here are of that cave, though I plan to expand.
Would this one bee a valued addition?
http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=243613
Posted Nov 21, 2008 2:47 pm

Arthur DigbeeRe: Been there!

Arthur Digbee

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Sure, link them all!

The MCNP official site is useless for wild caving, so any info you have would be great. If not SP, where?
Posted Nov 21, 2008 3:02 pm

JoelSkokWow, fascinating!

JoelSkok

Voted 10/10

Looks like someone built a hasty windbreak or cave entrance stanchion. love the colors and lighting. Must be a marvellous area. 10/10
Posted May 29, 2012 3:02 pm

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