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Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail

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A trail that is hidden in plain sight.


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Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.2

KM

Point to Point

948' 289 m

High

663' 202 m

Low

643' 196 m

Up

706' 215 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Wildlife

Family Friendly With plenty of stopping points and an easy to negotiate surface, this is a great hike for the whole family.

Description

This hidden gem gets overlooked by many park visitors because it is a bit longer (at just over 8 miles one way) and there just isn't a good way to loop it. That aside, it has some great hills as well as some wonderful flats to rest the quads.

It works out perfect starting in Cave City and hiking up to the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor Center where you can refill a water bottle, catch your breath from all that uphill, and then turn and hike back to your car. Or you can be lazy and hitch a ride back to Cave City with one of the many park visitors. (Although, I wouldn't condone hitchhiking in this day and age). This is also a logical place to have a friend come pick you up.

Flora & Fauna

Early in the mornings you'll see deer and wild turkey literally EVERYWHERE you look.

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Chris Grimm

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in South Side

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in South Side

#125

in Kentucky

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Photos

Morning illuminates the Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail.
Jun 1, 2017 near Cave City, KY
Locomotive No. 4 is the only remaining engine from the Mammoth Cave Railroad. | Copyright James St. John (goo.gl/71SzIw) under CC BY-2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Photo was unchanged.
Jun 1, 2017 near Brownsv…, KY
Great corridor of trees on a smooth section of the Hike & Bike Trail.
May 10, 2016 near Cave City, KY

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Mar 22, 2021
James Roberson III
Just Stopped by the entrance to see our first national park as a family!! 0.1mi — 5h 00m