8.5 Excellent
     
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground)

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky



Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Phone: (270) 758-2424

Sites: 105
Recent Rate: $10 5/2016

Latitude: 37.183992481213
Longitude: -86.0978274183769

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $3.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 3.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Sprint
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

20 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Great spot for staying while exploring Mammoth Cave. Campground is a short walk from visitor center where all guided tours of the cave start.

If you are into birding there are many different species you can watch from your campsite. There are also miles hiking trails but make sure you take an underground cave tour. We've taken two. and hope to to back and take another.

There are no hookups so if you need AC or water at your site then check the other campgrounds in the area. Just remember it's a few miles onto the park so you will need to drive in from other campgrounds.

During the season you will need to book your stay through reserveamerica.com. Off season (check with them for dates) you can usually just drive in and pick a site.

Sites are among the trees so there is plenty of shade on most sites.

Sites are packed stone and you will need to do some minor leveling on most sites if RVing it.

IMPORTANT!!! There is poison ivy growing on the trees at almost every site!!! Be especially aware if you have small children that may go near it.

This is a National Park so they wont do anything about it.

Campground has water, dump station, and a small general store.

I gave it a rating of 8 since there aren't hook-ups on the sites (although water and dump station are available) and there's poison ivy all over the place. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
104 Loop D
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Many sites for RVs require minor leveling.

No hook-ups on any sites.

Watch out for Poison Ivy!!!

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This NPS Park is really beautiful! It's dry camping at its best. Shade everywhere, quiet, clean, and friendly. Our 28' Allegro had enough room to maneuver the loops, but be forewarned, tree limbs are everywhere. Light scratching to your rig may occur. A $5 bundle of firewood bought at the camp store will last about an hour or so. No outside wood should be brought in due to the emerald ash borer bug. Didn't need the showers, but the price is now $3 for 10 minutes. Dump station and potable water are available at the entrance at no cost. 2 sites at the entrance are full hookup, but $50 per night. Lots are really large, all are paved. Quiet time 10pm to 6am was respected. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C87
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Some cave tours are closed due to renovation and not scheduled to reopen till Fall 2016, so call ahead. Purchase tour tickets at least a day ahead. We arrived Sunday and Monday tours were almost booked up.

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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground does not have electricity or water at the sites. There is potable water that you can fill up from near the Camp Store. Our pull-through spot was curved, almost level and easy to manage - we are 30 feet long. The campground was shady. Deer roamed through. The best part is that the campground is about a 1/4 mile walk on nicely maintained walkways to the Visitors Center of the Mammoth Cave. We arrived in mid-September and were told to drive around until we found a spot that suited us and then tell the Ranger at the entry area which one we had chosen. She provided us with a map on which she had highlighted the best spots for motor homes. We were in site 77 and liked it very much if you get to make that choice yourselves. There were a few other campers, but none so close that our generators bothered each other. Another reviewer noted that the firewood was green and didn't start well, we had the same experience. It also seemed like a small bundle for $5.00 However, you can't bring wood in lest you also bring in dangerous pests, so the wood was better than nothing. We would have rated this campsite a 10 if there had been electricity and water. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
77
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Spend time in the Visitor's Center exhibit area - it is free, interesting and informative.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Very typical NPS campground. The campground is very well maintained, and exceptionally clean. Our motorhome is a bit big for this old style campground. Of the non-reservable sites, many of them we could not access because of tree limbs. Satellite TV was impossible with the tree coverage. The dump and water stations are near the camp store. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
89
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Plan on doing more than one cave tour, and signup early.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

There were lots of deer around our campsite. The pull-through campsite was almost level and just a touch tight to maneuver. It was very close to the main office/entrance to the cave, good. General store, firewood they were selling was green, would not burn and we burn a lot in our woodburning stove so we know wood. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop A
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Most of the sites are well spaced apart for RVs. Bear in mind though this is a popular campground for tenters. This means things get pretty rowdy on weekends. They try to keep the restrooms clean, but the one we were using would get pretty trashed during the day. There are two sites available with 30 amp service. During the week the campground is fairly peaceful, but unless you like noisy crowds stay away on weekends. There are about 10 sites overall that can motor homes up to 40 feet. There are no showers in the campground, but there are pay showers at the camp store. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

We paid $8.50 per night using the Golden Pass. They have a nearby concessionaire that offered showers and laundry for a fee. They had a well stocked store. Some of the sites were tight due to trees. There were a few larger pull through sites for larger motor homes but not many. Our motorhome just fit and it is 35 feet. The cave tours were fantastic but some were costly. We again used our Golden Pass and were able to go on one of the less expensive tours at half price. They had wonderful paths and the deer stroll right by your site. We would stay here again. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely wooded setting and friendly staff. Water is available at a central spigot but for filling containers, not for using a hose. The park has a bike trail and many program options for exploring the caves. Generators were supposed to be used during daylight hours but a class B a few spaces away ran theirs during quiet hours anyway. Still a nice park for semi- primitive camping within walking distance to the cave and park store (where the showers were). We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here while going to Mammoth Cave and really liked it. The sites were a little small and it took some time to get our motor home arranged. While camping here we had four deer that wandered through our site and didn't seem to care that we were there. Very quiet and certainly in the woods. We recommend this park for those that are going to Mammoth Cave. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

National park campgrounds are usually neat places and this was no exception. Several pull through sites in each of the loops. Lots of space between sites. Some sites some are not too level though so check first. Showers only take tokens (10 minutes per $1) which are available for purchase at the store and since we arrived after hours, had to wait until the next morning when the store opened to shower. Good shower though, lots of hot water. Be advised the shower stops without warning so suds up first - then rinse quickly to keep the soap out of your eyes. Price reflects Federal Golden Age Passport. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds I've seen. If you like being in the woods. Sites are spread out and have plenty of woods/trees all around. Had a deer walk right through camp. Saw an albino squirrel. Had problems with some very rude neighbors the first night want sure who to call so I called the hotel which was next door and they helped me. The next day we had rangers and staff all day long riding through they took it very serious. Over all had a great weekend. The poor rating is because they have no water or electric hookups and the showers are a joke. You have to pay 2 dollars to shower for 10 minutes with no privacy in the men shower. Showers were generally run down and not very clean. We used battery on the trailer and stores on the way in and filled up the water tank. They did have a dump station with potable water at the entrance. I rated kind of high because I knew most of the facts before I went three big surprise was the bathrooms. Its one quarter of a mile from Mammoth Cave Visitor Center. The cave tours are excellent and lots of other stuff to do as well. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground was among the nicest maintained campgrounds we've ever stayed at. The park service employees would come around a few minutes after people leave, clean out the fire pits and pick up the sites. They occasionally blew leaves off the parking pads and so forth. The bathrooms were also very excellent and very clean. A somewhat strange, but very much appreciated in the 100 degree-plus weather we had while there, extra service is the air-conditioning in the bathrooms. The sites vary quite a lot. Some are large with lots of privacy, others have very little privacy and some are small. Some are large but share a portion of the driveway with the neighboring site. None of the sites have any hookups, so plan accordingly. Showers are not provided by the park service. They're available for pay ($2 for a token that buys 10 minutes of shower time) from a private concessionaire. The showers were mechanically good, good water pressure and lots of hot water, but were not nearly as clean or nicely maintained as the park service facilities. Also, a typical use given is to go buy a token then go shower. The changing area is one large changing area for all showers, so clothes and such are left in the open. I had my wallet stolen while there. Be careful to buy tokens in advance and not take any wallet or money with you to the shower. Personally, I would have preferred the park service provide showers as part of the park and not have to pay for them separately. I wouldn't mind paying more for the camp site in order to have showers provided. In addition to the namesake caves, this National Park also includes excellent above-ground hiking and horseback riding. We stayed there for nearly two weeks and had a great time. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

An older National Park Campground, well laid-out, well maintained, but no hook-ups. Showers and laundry available at the camp store operated by a contract concessionaire. We experienced lots of hornets and wasps that were annoying. They didn't sting, but were constantly into any food or beverage left uncovered for 2 or 3 minutes. Cave tours were great, advance purchase would be advisable during the busy season. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 145
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate paid was $8.50 reflecting 50% discount for Golden Age Passport. Regular rate is $17. Densely shaded. Many pull-through sites for larger rigs. Not sure a really big rig would feel comfortable here given all the trees. No hookups, would rate higher even if only electric. Showers are in a central location although bathrooms are scattered about in the 3 loops. Did not use either the showers or bathrooms so no opinion on cleanliness. Would definitely stay here again. Reservations are recommended during the summer. Advance purchase of cave tour tickets is also recommended. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Not a bad campground. Great for Families. Enjoyed our stay, will most likely visit again next year. We camped at Mammoth Cave Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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