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Places to Visit near Caves and Lakes

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name—Mammoth. The human experience of Mammoth Cave reflects one of humanity's most potent emotions: wonder. The dark depths of a pit or passage trigger inborn questions – where does that go? How far? Is anything in there?  The first human to enter Mammoth Cave passed under its imposing arch about 4,000 years ago. His reason for probing the shadows? The same as ours today. Curiosity led the way to discoveries of minerals, and primitive miners plumbed the rocky halls for nearly 2,000 years before the cave again fell quiet. It would not again echo the sound of human feet clattering the floor stones until the very end of the 18th century.Once European settlers discovered Mammoth Cave, stories both inspiring and strange began to accumulate about their adventures underground. The cave's stories spoke of curiosity, cures, captivity and capitalism; excitement, exploration and exploitation. In the 1800s, Dr. Frank Gorin (or, some reports say, Dr. John Croghan) established a colony for tuberculosis patients in the cave, believing the cave air would heal them. Many of the patients died. In the 1920s many of the caves were privately owned and in a battle to attract tourist dollars. Floyd Collins, who owned a section called Crystal Cave, was excavating when a boulder fell on his leg, pinning him. He was found the next day, but no one could move the heavy boulder, and people came from all over to follow the drama. After two weeks, Collins died, and his body was placed on display in the cave. The body was then stolen and found a few days later in a field, minus one leg, and he was put back in his cave coffin until the National Park System bought the cave and closed it to tourists. The cave, now determined to be part of the Mammoth Cave system, is rumored to be haunted. Floyd’s ghost is said to be heard calling for help, and objects have been thrown from an unknown source. Apparitions of African-American slaves also have been seen in the caves.

Kentucky Down Under

Kentucky Down Under is an interactive educational Australian themed Animal Park & beautifully decorated cave, Kentucky Caverns. Visitors participate activities including hands on contact with Australian animals. Where else can you hand-feed colorful lorikeets in a walk-in Aviary, help with the chores at the Woolshed, meet a Kangaroo at the Outback, learn about Aboriginal culture, mine for gemstones and much more!

Diamond Caverns Cave

For over 154 years Historic Diamond Caverns has offered tours of Kentucky's most beautiful cave. Presented by state-of-the-art lighting, Diamond Caverns features intricate drapery deposits lining the halls in cascades of naturally colorful calcite.  Thousands of formations decorate the cathedral-like chambers. Discover the beauty of Diamond Caverns with your family today. Located adjacent to Mammoth Cave National Park, a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Diamond Caverns abounds in natural beauty. 

Dinosaur World

A giant Tyrannosaurus Rex stands alongside the Interstate outside of Cave City, Kentucky, letting visitors and passersby know that Dinosaur World is not far. An outdoor museum of prehistoric animals, Dinosaur World Kentucky helped this spot along I-65 earn the title of "best exit" by Southern Living magazine.Tourists walk along a trail that winds its way through the forest and watch for various life-sized dinosaurs that are scattered throughout the park. More than 100 dinosaurs, each with an explanatory sign, can be found here. The designers of Dinosaur World Kentucky - this is just one of three such parks in the United States, with others in Glen Rose, Texas, and Plant City, Florida - have also filled the grounds with faux dinosaur eggs and raptor claws.The park also has a playground and a fossil dig for kids. Parents and older children can relax in a covered picnic area while the youngest ones dig for authentic fossils. There's also a gift shop that offers a selection of eggs, fossils, educational materials, toys, books, and more.This park, and the two others like it, is the brainchild of Swedish businessman Christer Svensson, who moved to the United States in the early '90s with his family and purchased a former alligator farm in Florida to create the first Dinosaur World. Svensson has been in the entertainment business for more than 30 years and he knew a winning idea as soon as he had it. All of the dinosaurs models are made on-site by employees of the parks and measure up to eight feet long. They're constructed using Fiberglas, steel, and concrete.

Campgrounds and RV Parks near Caves and Lakes

Cave Country RV

Mammoth Cave's easy access RV park

Cave Country RV Campground is Mammoth Cave National Park's easy access RV park. We are located approximately 5 miles from Mammoth Cave National Park located off Exit 53 on I-65 in Cave City, Kentucky. We invite you to visit us and share the fun and excitement that the Mammoth Cave and the Mammoth Cave attractions have to offer. Let our modern RV campground pamper you and your big or small RV camper with spacious pull-thru sites, full hook-up lots, and much more. We honor Good Sam, FMCA & Escapees member discounts. We are proud members of "Tents For Troops".

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Mammoth Cave Hotel

right next door to the cave!

Since the first tour of world-famous Mammoth Cave in 1816, Mammoth Cave Hotel has provided the finest southern hospitality for all the Cave visitors looking for accommodations in Mammoth Cave National Park. The Hotel, located adjacent to the historic entrance to this magnificent Cave, provides comfortable year-round accommodations and convenient access to the historic entrance to the world famous Mammoth Cave and the National Park Visitor Center. Above ground, Mammoth Cave National Park boasts of over 52,000 acres of scenic beauty and rugged forest, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, camping, boating, mountain biking and fishing.

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