Kentucky is a land of obvious charms, from sprawling fields of native bluegrass to lush, tree-covered ridges and steep limestone bluffs. But what’s hidden just below the surface attracts thousands of visitors each year — miles of subterranean wonders tucked out of site. Welcome to Cave Country, one of the nation’s most dense concentrations of spectacular wet and dry cave formations, a showcase of magnificent geological architecture culminating in the granddaddy of them all … Mammoth Cave National Park.
The earliest explorers to probe the dark recesses of Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave didn’t believe they would ever find an end to it. Passageways stretched for miles, past cathedral-like cave formations and caverns sparkling with gypsum crystals, underground rivers and vast canyons. In the end, their best measurements were still impressive: Mammoth Cave wanders at least 350 miles below the earth’s surface, and is thought to run about 379 feet deep
Distance from Major Airports
Louisville International Airport (SDF)is 92 miles from Mammoth Cave
I-65, I-71 and I-64
TARC Bus System
Kentucky Downs conducts its live turf racing meet each September on the only “European-style” race course in North America. The meet is staged in an informal festival setting and features the annual running of the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup race
Gallery on the Square
A collection of works from local amateur and professional artists highlighting the rich agricultural history of our area.
Kentucky Down & Under
Family-geared zoo attraction featuring Australian animals such as kangaroos, plus cave tours.
American Cave Museum
Today, Horse Cave is a true center for cave-related education, research and tourism. For a great introduction to the subject, visit the beautifully curated American Cave Museum, with vivid exhibits dealing with every aspect of caves, from preservation to groundwater to bats.
Oct 14, 2017
Noon - 9:00 P.M.
Come celebrate Oktoberfest with us! We will be having our first annual music festival! The bands will play on our new Biergarten stage. Music, food, friends, fun...it's going to be a memorable event! Mark your calendars!
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017
Oct 27 - Oct 28, 2017
Have a spooktacular weekend at Nolin Lake State Park's annual Halloween Campout, where ghosts and goblins take over the campground! There will be costume contests for all ages, campsite decorating contest, trick-or-treating, and a variety of other activities for ghouls of all sizes. Campers, don't forget to bring candy for trick-or-treating! We'll be waiting for you...
Seasonal Hiking Series
Oct 28, 2017
10:00 A.M. - NoonJoin a naturalist at Nolin Lake State Park on October 28th for the next hike in our Seasonal Hiking Series. The focus of October’s hike will be autumn colors. Participants will learn all about how nature responds to the changing of seasons and will get to view the beautiful autumn colors!
The hike starts at 10 a.m. (CST) and will depart from Brier Creek Trailhead in Nolin Lake State Park. Please dress for the weather. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is strongly suggested.
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