Mammoth Cave National Park
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The Mammoth Cave Hotel complex has hotel rooms, a restaurant, and a gasoline station that are open year-round. Rustic cottages, a camp store, hot showers, and a coin-operated laundry are available from spring to fall. For more information, call 502-758-2225.
Houchins Ferry and Dennison Ferry campgrounds are open year-round. All park campgrounds have toilets, grills, and picnic tables; all but Dennison Ferry have potable water. Evening ranger programs are given in the summer at Headquarters and Houchins Ferry campgrounds and at an amphitheater near Headquarters Campground. Large groups can call the park for reservations at Maple Springs Group Camp. Backcountry camping is allowed with a permit. A picnic area is located near the visitor center.
Located a quarter-mile from the park Visitor Center, this campground includes 111 sites. Each site features a paved parking area, a picnic table, and a fire grate. The campground has restrooms, fresh water, a dump station, and garbage dumpsters. There are no hookups for electricity or sewer. Campsite reservations can be made up to five months in advance by contacting the National Park Service's campground reservation service at 800-967-2283. A maximum of eight people is permitted at each site, and campers can stay a maximum of 14 days. Showers operated by the park concessioner are open weekends in the spring and daily in the summer and fall. Showers are located behind the Service Center adjacent to the campground.
Located 15 miles from the park Visitor Center on the south bank of the Green River, this campground includes 12 sites. Each site has a picnic table and a fire grate. The campground has two chemical toilets, fresh water, and an adjacent picnic shelter. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ferry operates from 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. daily except when repairs or hazardous river conditions prevent operation.
Dennison Ferry is a primitive campground with four available sites, no charge. The Headquarters, Maple Springs, and Dennison Ferry campgrounds will be closed December-February.
Maple Springs Group Campground
Located six miles from the Visitor Center and three miles north of the Green River Ferry, this campground has seven sites with a 24-person capacity per site. The campground has picnic tables, fire grates, chemical toilets, garbage dumpsters, and fresh water. Four of the Maple Springs sites have hitching posts and trailer parking for horses. Make campsite reservations by calling 502-758-2251 or 800-365-CAMP weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pay for your campsite (cash only) at the Maple Springs registration/pipesafe located next to the campground bulletin board. If you arrive without a reservation, check in first at the Headquarters Campground to find out if a campsite at Maple Springs is available. Maple Springs Campground's check-in time is 12 p.m.; check-out time is 11 a.m. Note: The most direct route from the Visitor Center to the Group Campground requires crossing the Green River Ferry. The ferry has a load limit of eight tons, but some vehicles (e.g. school buses) cannot be ferried due to length or low ground clearance. The ferry is open from 6 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. daily, except when repairs or hazardous river conditions prevent operation. An alternate route to the campground via state and country roads is 35 miles from the Visitor Center.
The following rules apply to all campers at all park campgrounds:
Confine fires to ground grills. Never make new fire circles. Please remove dry leaves, grass, and other flammable material from the fireplace area and keep fires small. Use only fallen dead wood for fires. Only use hand saws; chain saws are prohibited.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. When using radios, generators, motors, and other noisy equipment, do not disturb your neighbors.
Pets must be on a leash and under physical restraint at all times. Do not leave pets unattended at your campsite.
Never chop, cut, saw, or drive nails into standing trees.
Heat from lanterns can kill the living tissue of trees. Therefore, do not hang lanterns in trees.
Fireworks, firearms, bows, air rifles, blow guns, sling shots, and other weapons capable of destroying or frightening wildlife are prohibited in the park. If you have any of these items, keep them packed and out of sight.
To avoid creating a health hazard, attracting insects, and generally making a mess, do not use the area near water spigots for washing dishes or clothing.
Do not dig, trench, or level the ground at campsites.
Raccoons often visit campsites in search of food. Therefore, keep personal gear such as ice chests, stoves, thermos bottles, etc. in your car or trailer.
Keep valuables locked up and out of sight. Report any theft or lost and found items to park rangers.
For your own protection as well as the protection of park animals, do not feed wildlife. Wildlife needs to depend on its own resources, not ours, to survive in national parks.
Carry a flashlight when walking through the campground at night. Venomous copperheads and rattlesnakes are common.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication