Get ready for next year- Pedal for the Park,
May 10, 2014
The Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park, works in cooperation with the National Park Service, to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, and the visitor experience of Mammoth Cave National Park. We can only accomplish our goal with the support of individuals and organizations that care about Mammoth Cave and want to help ensure that its magic endures forever.
Walk in the Park,
Sept. 28, 2013.
Thanks to all who came this year.
Let's do it again in '14.
What would we do without Friends?
The Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park are a great help to the park, and I encourage you to join up and be a Friend, too.
Our Friends add a margin of excellence to the park and increase the stewardship of the caves, forests, rivers, and rugged karst terrain of Mammoth Cave. They help us find and build new partnerships to fund a wide variety of park programs and research. They get kids into the woods and into the cave by funding bus transportation to schools that could not afford a fieldtrip without the Friends’ help.
We are grateful to have Friends like the members of the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park. The Friends provide a means to accept donations to further the park’s educational efforts and research. The Friends recruit volunteers who donate their sweat-equity in the park’s resource protection projects.
It’s good to have Friends.
See photos of this year's ride in our Gallery
Maple Springs and Big Hollow to open Saturday December 14
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., December 11, 2013 – The Maple Springs Trailhead, Maple Springs Loop Road and Big Hollow Trail in Mammoth Cave National Park will open to the public on December 14, 2013.
“It is with great pleasure that I make this announcement – Big Hollow Trail and Maple Springs Trailhead are open and ready for use,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “Having these areas closed since spring has been a hardship on park visitors, and we appreciate their patience. There are still a few items to complete, and when those are finished we will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate. We ask all trail users to take care of the trails and use them wisely.”
In July, Craighead signed an agreement with the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (SWKyMBA) which established its members as the primary caretakers of the new 8-mile Big Hollow Trail.
“Southwest KyMBA is very excited to hear the news of the opening of the Big Hollow Trail to mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners,” said SWKyMBA Chairman Chip Winger. “As the Big Hollow Trail stewards, we would kindly ask all user groups to maintain proper trail etiquette while utilizing the trail. Thanks in advance for your cooperation – see you on the trail.”
SWKyMBA’s guidelines for responsible trail use and etiquette provide a common sense approach for all visitors:
1.Do not use trails when they are muddy.
2.Be wary of freeze/thaw conditions, when temperatures drop below freezing at night and climb above freezing in the day. A trail can quickly become the consistency of peanut butter and should be avoided. During freeze/thaw, use only when the trail is frozen.
3.When encountering opposite traffic both users should go to their right and stay on the trail.
4.When passing a slower trail user while traveling in the same direction, pass on the left and be courteous by letting other trail users know of your whereabouts and intentions.
In accordance with its 2009 trail plan, the park contracted with the Lightsey Corporation to:
•expand parking at Maple Springs Trailhead from 14 spaces to 35 spaces (15 for trailers, 20 for vehicles, and two will be handicapped accessible);
•construct a multiuse extension of Raymer Hollow Trail to connect the Maple Springs Research Station, Maple Springs Group Campground, Maple Springs Trailhead, and the new Big Hollow Trail;
•construct the new 8-mile, multi-loop Big Hollow Trail for hikers and bikers; and
•eliminate the trailhead and trail access from Good Spring United Baptist Church yard. (Road access to the church and cemetery remains.)
Mammoth Cave National Park now provides more than 90 miles of trails. All trails are open to hikers. Northside trails, with the exception of Big Hollow, are open to horse-use. North of Green River, bicycles are permitted on Big Hollow and White Oak trails; south of the river bicycles are permitted on the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail, Licklog Road, Crystal Cave Road, Great Onyx Road and Union City Road. (end)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. - November 26, 2013) - Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead has announced the release of Improvements to Concession Facilities - Draft Environmental Assessment. Public comment on the document will be accepted November 26-December 28, 2013. The park will host a public open house on December 12, 2013.
“In developing this plan, we have considered available funding, what visitors need, the need for a concessioner to be able to profit, and how the concessions facilities could provide the best value to the government,” said Craighead. “We welcome public comment on this document. We hope to see many people at the open house and receive many written comments as well.”
A public scoping session was held in 2010 as the park began planning (37 people attend a meeting and 30 submitted comments). In summary, scoping showed that the public favored: clean, comfortable lodging, a majority stated an interest in rustic cabins; a variety of food/beverage options and affordable choices; and updated façade, landscaping, and amenities. (click title for more)
End of season for campgrounds, picnic area
Friday, November 22, 2013
(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – November 21, 2013) December marks the end of the season for certain services at Mammoth Cave National Park, including the picnic area and campgrounds.
The picnic area, Maple Springs Group Campground and Mammoth Cave Campground (near the visitor center) will be closed December 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014. Houchin Ferry campground will remain closed through the winter.
Backcountry campsites on the north side of Green River will be available through the winter months. (end)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
By Hope S. Philbrick
“Caves are like snowflakes,” says Dave Foster, geologist and executive director of Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum. “No two are alike. You need to see them all. They’re all different”
Indeed, after a week touring seven of the underground attractions Kentucky has to offer along Interstate 65-Kentucky Cave Country stretches from Bowling Green to Louisville, if driving north-it’s clear that a whole other world lurks beneath the bourbon distilleries, thoroughbred farms, quilt barns and museums, Lincoln historic sites and rolling fields of bluegrass that you may already think define the state.
Until you see what’s under Kentucky, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. (click title to read more)
Friday, July 26, 2013
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., July 26, 2013 - On July 22, 2013, Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead signed an agreement with the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association which establishes its members as the primary caretakers of the new 8-mile Big Hollow Trail. (click title for more)
Friday, March 29, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has analyzed the economic impacts of designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the Diamond Darter in West Virginia and Kentucky. On Friday, March 29, 2013, we will publish a notice of availability of the draft economic analysis in the Federal Register and reopen the comment period for thirty days. This will allow the public the opportunity to comment both on the proposal to list the diamond darter as endangered with critical habitat and on the draft economic analysis. (click title for more)
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