Mammoth Cave National Park

How Will Wildfires Impact The National Park Landscape This Summer?

Winter has been pretty fluky across the United States, with heavy snows taking aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Sierra states, cold weather diving deeply into the Southeast, torrential rains hitting the Northeast, and quick warming baking the Midwest. With such a mix, what might we expect from the coming wildfire season across the National Park System?

Mammoth Cave National Park Crews Restoring Prairie Grasslands

The next time you visit Mammoth Cave National Park, take a look at the landscape just inside the Park City entrance. While it might look unkempt in the near term, down the road it will take on its natural appearance as a "barren," or prairie reminiscent of what originally existed.

Mammoth Cave National Park Officials Talking About Renovating Mammoth Cave Hotel

Mammoth Cave Hotel, Jess Stryker photo
Four decades after it went into service, the Mammoth Cave Hotel is showing its age, both in appearance and function. As a result, Mammoth Cave National Park officials want to start talking about how the hotel can best be renovated to improve visitor services.

Mammoth Cave National Park Saw Double-Digit Boost In Visitation in 2009

If you thought Mammoth Cave National Park seemed a bit crowded during your trip there last year, that's because visitation was up. For the year, the more than 500,000 folks visited Mammoth Cave, an increase of nearly 14 percent from 2008 traffic.

With Spring Nearing, Houchins Ferry Service to Resume In Mammoth Cave National Park

Despite the harsh, snowy weather that's been battering the Middle Atlantic states this winter, spring can't be too far off. Why else would Houchins Ferry in Mammoth Cave National Park resume service this coming weekend?

Mammoth Cave National Park Extends "Sister" Agreements To Slovenia

Last fall officials at Mammoth Cave National Park forged a working relationship with a park in China that has karst formations similar to those found in Mammoth Cave. Now the U.S. park has looked across the Atlantic Ocean to develop a similar agreement with officials in Slovenia who oversee karst landscapes in that country.

Experts Piece Together A Jigsaw Puzzle of Broken Gypsum at Mammoth Cave National Park

Piecing together a Jigsaw puzzle is challenging even when you have a picture to guide you. Imagine the challenge Jim Werker and Val Hildreth-Werker faced when they were confronted by 600 pounds of fragile gypsum pieces that they were tasked with putting back in place in a passageway in Mammoth Cave National Park's Crystal Cave.

Mammoth Cave National Park To Offer Free Cave Tour Days Again

So popular were the free cave tours at Mammoth Cave National Park last year that park officials have decided to offer similar days this year, beginning with Valentines Day.

Updated: Federal Government Urged To Close Caves Inhabited by Bats on Public Lands to Stop Spread of White-Nose Syndrome

A conservation group is petitioning the federal government with a request that it close all caves and mines inhabited by bats on public lands in a bid to stop the spread of white-nosed syndrome among bats. At the same time, the Center for Biological Diversity wants the Eastern small-footed bat and the Northern long-eared bat to be listed as endangered species.

Reader Participation Survey: Help Us Name the Top 100 National Park Locations to See Before You Die

Earlier this week we touched on the national parks mentioned in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Somehow, Mammoth Cave National Park didn't make the cut, and if you've been there, you know it should have. Help us compile a list of the top 100 national park locations to see before you die. We'll start the list.

Crews Working in Mammoth Cave National Park To Combat Invasive Species Above Ground

While the main attraction is underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, there's quite a bit to see, enjoy, and learn from above ground at the Kentucky-based park. To preserve that setting, park crews are battling invasive trees that, if left unchecked, could pose a deadly threat to the native hardwood forests.

When Planning Holiday Festivities, Don't Forget the Traditional "Cave Sing" At Mammoth Cave National Park

Deep within the passageways that twist and turn at Mammoth Cave National Park the acoustics can be incredible. There is no background noise other than the shuffling feet, soft voices of visitors, and, in some passages, the running or dripping of water. On December 6 those sounds will fade into the background when the park hosts its annual Cave Sing to celebrate the coming holiday season.

Families With Ties to Mammoth Cave National Park Landscape Invited to Research Those Roots

You might call the coming weekend an ancestral weekend at Mammoth Cave National Park, as the park will offer workshops for tracing family trees that have roots in the park's rolling and rumpled landscape.

Researchers Survey Some of Mammoth Cave National Park's Many Cemeteries

While the main attraction is underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, there's quite a bit of history to appreciate above ground. Long before the park was established, homesteads dotted the heavily forested rolling hills. The land that was acquired for the national park displaced small communities that left their mark in the more than 80 cemeteries, churches, and homesteads that can be found within the park's borders.

Winter Lodging Deals at Mammoth Cave, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley National Parks

Comparatively few people think of visiting national parks during the winter months, and that's unfortunate for a variety of reasons. Not only does this season present an entirely different view of the parks than the one you normally experience during spring and summer, but lodging typically is less expensive, as the following offers demonstrate.

Mammoth Cave National Park Harbors More Than A Few Ghost Stories

With more than 150 documented paranormal events, many of them experienced by credible witnesses such as rangers and scientists, Mammoth Cave National Park easily qualifies for the title “most haunted natural wonder in the world.” Park rangers Colleen O’Connor Olson and Charles Hanion have recorded many of the park’s creepiest tales in their book Scary Stories of Mammoth Cave, a must read for anybody intrigued by the park’s supernatural history.

Mammoth Cave National Park Explains Plans To Restore Tour Trails In The Cave

Time and use have taken a toll on the tour routes that wind through the subterranean labyrinth of Mammoth Cave National Park. And so, not surprisingly, park officials say there's a need to rehab some of those routes.

Mammoth Cave National Park Follows Ken Burns' Documentary With Its Own Film

Hoping to leverage the buzz over Ken Burns' 12-hour documentary on national parks, a public television station in Kentucky is preparing to release its own documentary, one focused entirely on Mammoth Cave National Park.

Free Firewood At Mammoth Cave National Park

While quite a few national parks frown on you hauling trees out of their woods, at Mammoth Cave National Park officials are giving it away.

Mammoth Cave National Park Finds "Sister Parks" In China

Geologically similar parks with strikingly different perspectives -- Mammoth Cave National in the United States and China's Shilin Stone Forest National Park, Libo Zhangjiang National Park, and Wulong National Park -- have signed sister park agreements that open up avenues for the sharing of research and management styles.
To those who love mushrooms, what could be finer than sauteing up a mess of freshly collected 'shrooms to go along with your freeze-dried dinner or the trout you hooked in the backcountry of a national park? A teaspoon of garlic, a dash of salt, and a couple cranks of the pepper mill and you'll have a wonderful complement to your meal. Unless, of course, you picked the wrong mushroom, in which case this could be your last meal.

National Park Quiz 66: Cemeteries

You won’t need to be a genealogist to enjoy Quiz #66. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Contrary to popular opinion, there is no letter ‘a’ in the word cemetery.”

Speleologists from All Over the World Tour and Study National Park Caves

The Park Service co-sponsored this year’s International Congress of Speleology (ICS), which has been going on all week in Kerrville, Texas. Many of the 1,300 participants signed up for field trips that included guided tours of developed and wild caves within NPS units.

Visitation to National Parks Is On the Upswing, Entrance-Fee-Free Weekends Partly to Blame

There's a growing problem with national park visitation. In short, too many people are returning to the parks, creating problems for staffing and people management.

Free Weekends AND Free Tours At Mammoth Cave National Park

Not only can you gain free entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park on two more weekends this summer, but you'll also be able to partake in some free tours of the cave.

Backcountry Repairs, Cleanup Scheduled For Mammoth Cave National Park

There will be quite a bit of activity in the backcountry of Mammoth Cave National Park during the next month as crews clean up from storms and make repairs to trails and bridges.

Mammoth Cave National Park Tours Not Affected By White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome continues to be a serious problem in many bat populations in eastern states. Fortunately, the disease has not appeared at Mammoth Cave National Park, and the underground tours are continuing as usual.

Mammoth Cave National Park Proposing to Rehabilitate Underground Trails

There are some underground trails in Mammoth Cave National Park that are supposed to be rough and rugged. The routes followed for the popular "wild cave" tours, for instance. But most of the other trails should be relatively easy on visitors, and park officials say it's time to do some rehab work.
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National Park Rangers Find Tasers Efficient Tools In Potentially Combative Situations

Rangers at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were just the latest in the National Park System to resort to the use of a Taser to resolve a potentially combative situation.

"A Wildlife Crisis of Unprecedented Proportions"

Little brown bats with white-nose syndrome.
Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed all of the park's caves to public entry until further notice. The move is in response to growing concern about white-nose syndrome, a new malady that the Fish and Wildlife Service calls "a wildlife crisis of unprecedented proportions."
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