Top Ten National Park Campgrounds

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park is best known for its famous cavern system. What is a well-kept secret is all the other amazing features of the parks. Aboveground, Mammoth offers 52,830 acres of scenic parkland perfect for hiking, fishing, paddling, and wildlife viewing-including Big Woods, a 300-acre old-growth forest. Along with the plant and animal life common to an eastern hardwood forest, the park is home to a number of atypical plant communities, which support some rare and endangered species.

It all adds up to superlative hiking trails, fishing, and paddling on the Green and Nolin rivers. There are four campgrounds within the park.

Houchins Ferry Campground has only twelve sites, no showers and is for tents only. It's a popular spot on the canoe route. Dennison Ferry is a small primitive campground, while Maple Springs Group Campground is also a horse camp. There are also twelve backcountry campsites, scattered along trails on the north side of the park.

It has 111 nice, large sites, showers, laundry, camp store and dump station. We especially enjoyed our spring camping trip here. White and pink blossoms on the many dogwood trees combined with the greenery to paint a lovely picture. Water is available on each loop, but outlets are few and far between. Headquarters Campground, located a couple of miles from the cave's main entrance, is the largest campground and has the most elaborate facilities.

Just the Facts

Route: Glacier to Artist Point on WA 542.

Length: 24 miles (one hour)

Season: Summer to early fall.


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