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Mammoth Cave National Park
(270) 758-2180

1-65 exit 53, W. on KY 70 from Cave City, 1-65 exit 48, W. on S. Entrance Rd. from Park City. 52,830 surface land acres in Edmonson, Barren & Hart County's., S. of Nolin River Lake. Discovered about 1798, it was named a National Park in 1941. Mammoth Cave is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and is the core area of an International Biosphere Reserve. Open year-round.

Park Features: Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system ever discovered on earth, with over 350 ml. charted on 5 levels. Mammoth Cave lies beneath 4 ridges, Flint Ridge, Joppa Ridge, Mammoth Cave Ridge and Toohey Ridge. 2 ferries cross the Green Riser, Houchins Ferry & Mammoth Cave Ferry, boat ramps. Fishing is permitted in the park without a license. Hunting is prohibited.

Surface activities, evening programs and guided walks, seasonal. Visitor Center open year-round, 7:30 am-7 pm in summer; 8 am -5 pm in winter, Central Time.

State Parks

Nolin Lake State Park
(270) 286-4240

KY 728 to KY 1827, N. Of Mammoth Cave National Park. Nolin Lake, a popular boating and fishing lake, is the centerpiece of this new 333 acre park. Nolin Lake extends 30-39 miles into Edmonson, Grayson & Hardin Cos. Fishing, boating, camping. Nolin River Dam, N. Of Brownsville off KY 259. 166 ft. high, 980 ft. Long. U.S. Army Crops of Engineers.

Park Features: Beach, ramp, picnic area, prim. Camping.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park
(270)646-2151 or 1-800-325-0057

12 mi. SW. of Glasgow off US 31E, S. of Cumberland Pkwy. 2,187 acres. Open year-round. 10,000 acre lake.

Park Features: Lodge pool, riding stables, nature trails, marina, ramp, fishing, basketball, shuffleboard, ping pong, beach, bath-house, playgrounds, picnic shelter, hndcp. acc.

Lodging: Lodge & cottages open year-round. Lodge, 51 rooms. Dinning, meeting & recreation rooms, gift shop. Cottages, 22 two bedroom executive units. Reservations 1-800-325-0057.

Camping: Apr. 1-Oct. 31.99 sites with util., serv. bldgs.

Golf & Tennis: Regulation 18 holes, pro shop, rental clubs & carts; 2 lighted courts.

Area Attractions

American Cave Museum/ Hidden River Cave
(270) 786-1466
I-65 exit 58, E. Main St., downtown Horse Cave. 45 min. Guided cave tour and cave exploration, history, groundwater and geology exhibits. Walking distance to shops, restaurants & Horse Cave Theatre. Open daily year-round.

Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve
(270) 524-0101
Entrance off 31W.  1 mile south of Munfordville

Big Buffalo Crossing Canoe & Kayak
(270) 774-7883
Offers canoe and kayak trips on the Green River ranging in lenght from 3 to 12 miles.  Canoe trips are offered year round weather permitting, group rates and guided tours available.

Boiling Springs Lodge/Hunting Preserve
(270) 528-5652   (812) 246-6558
Offers hunting of quail, chukar, pheasant, turkey, and deer.  Guide and dogs available.  Can accommodate groups. 

Cub Run Cave
(270) 524-1443 or (270) 524-1444
Reopened in 2006 after being sealed for 55 years!  Includes cave tour, restaurant, and gift shop.  Approximately 13 miles from Munfordville on Highway 88. 
 
Dennison's Roadside Market
(270) 786-1663
Located on Hwy 31E.  Offers bedding plants, trees, and fresh produce.  Family fun.

Hart County Historical Museum
(270) 524-0101
Main St., Munfordville. Indian artifacts, Civil War relics, family history, early farm tools. Mon.-Fri. 10-4.

Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave
1-800-342-2177
I-65 exit 58, Horse Cave. Renovated Thomas Opera House, c. 1911, has a 343 seat auditorium, hndcp. acc. Professional repertory theatre June-Oct. Tues.-Sun.

Kentucky Down Under/Kentucky Caverns
1-800-762-2869
I-65 exit 58. Australian animal exhibits, 45 min. Guided cave tour. Cafe, gift shops.