Traveling north from the Visitor Center on Green River Ferry Road and turning left on Maple Spring Road, you will quickly wind your way to Good Spring Church and the Maple Spring Trailhead, jumping-off point for the majority of trails on the North Side. Here you'll find the Sal Hollow Trail, a nine-mile jaunt past a wild cave, sinkholes, and springs. A mile down Sal Hollow, you'll come upon a spur, the Ganter Cave Trail, that leads to the park's longest wild cave on the north side of the Green River. You'll need Park Service permission if you want to enter and explore this cave. Further up Green River Ferry Road, on the north edge of the park, you'll come to the Lincoln Trailhead. From here you can access the Collie Ridge Trail, which cuts through the heart of the park's backcountry. The trail is nearly level over the entire course of its four-mile length and features a large sandstone camping shelter at trail's end. In the remote western region of the park, Houchins Ferry Road rambles through the forest to the Houchins Ferry Trailhead. First Creek Trail starts here and is the only trail in the park to the Nolin River. Three campsites along the river are an ideal base camp for fishing the Nolin and its tributaries. The McCoy Hollow Trail heads in the opposite direction, following the winding Green River before turning north into the forest. Trails on the north side vary in difficulty from being almost uniformly flat to having many steep grades.

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Review of North Side Hiking Trails

Active and Adventure Review of North Side Hiking Trails

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Trekking and Backpacking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The pick of the trails are the Sal Hollow Trail and Good Spring Loop, both rigorous eight-mile jaunts through some of Mammoth Cave's best above-ground scenery.
  • Camp at either Maple Springs or Houchins Ferry for the best base camps to explore the north and west sections of the park. Houchins Ferry also provides the only trail access for the harder-to-reach Nolin River.

Mammoth Cave National Park
P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 270-758-2180
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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