Staying Safe at Mammoth Cave National Park

Dripstone formations create a panoply of textures in the Frozen Niagara section of Mammoth Cave as slowly dripping water redeposits dissolved limestone over the course of centuries. Image is a panoramic composite.

A national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mammoth Cave National Park is situated in southwestern Kentucky. The park protects the world’s oldest cave system with nearly 400 miles of caves. If you’re planning a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park, be sure to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure a smooth trip. 


The weather in the park can get extremely hot, so it’s important to drink plenty of water during your visit to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. Make sure to wear sun protection, including sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.


Mammoth Cave National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including bats, poisonous snakes, ticks, rodents, and more. Make sure to safely store all food, trash, and scented items while in the park to avoid attracting wild animals. Never feed, touch, or approach animals for your safety and for theirs. It’s important to remain on the trails to avoid any interaction with poison ivy, which grows in this area. Keep away from all bats, as they may be rabid. Check yourself often for ticks during your time in the park to avoid dangerous tick-borne illnesses. Venomous snakes are present in the park, so watch your step, and avoid reaching into holes, under rocks, or in crevices.

Other Concerns

The caves are dimly lit and can be slippery, so it’s important to watch your step and stay on the designated trails. Make sure to mind your head in areas with low ceilings. 

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