Mammoth Cave is one of the magical wonders of Kentucky.  The underground caves bring tourists from miles around.  Recently cave researchers discovered more fun. Incredibly, 8 miles of previously undiscovered and totally unexplored caverns have been found.

Mammoth Cave is the world's largest cave spanning over 420 recorded miles.  The first mapping of the caves dates back to the 1840s with a man by the name of Steven Bishop.

Mammoth Cave National Park stretches almost 53,000 acres in the rolling hills of southcentral Kentucky, and includes river valleys, forests, historic churches and cemeteries, sinkholes and the world’s longest cave system.

It is reported by Mammoth Cave officials that volunteers from the Cave Research Foundation recently discovered the miles on a visit.

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According to Cincinnati.com;

Volunteers from the CRF visit the park annually to survey newly discovered passages, according to the National Park Service's website. Surveyors often used a compass, measuring tape or laser range finder and an inclinometer to record the direction, distance and slope of the passage.

Mammoth Cave is open to visitors all year long.  However, they do observe specific holidays and those can be found on their website.

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If you have never been to Mammoth Cave and think you might want to plan a vacation you can actually stay inside the park.  From staying at the lodge to actually bring a tent or camper and staying right inside the park.  You can do whichever suits your family or traveling companions best.

There is a list of things to do in the park;

  • canoeing
  • hiking
  • biking
  • fishing
  • horse-back riding
  • stargazing
  • cave tours
  • ranger-led programs

The park has something for everyone and it just got even better with more miles added.

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