Friday, April 15, 2016

REVIEW Dispersed Camping at Mammoth Caves National Park Campground, Kentucky

This was our first time visiting Mammoth Caves National Park and our first time to ever camp at a National Park. I should have done a bit more research apparently to learn that it was dispersed camping here before we arrived. Hopefully this review will help you if it is your first time camping here too.

Site #82

We entered from the South. Take intersection 65 to exit 48 (Park City exit). Turn left on to 255 and follow it until it becomes the Park City Rd into the park. It will join the Mammoth Caves Pkwy; turn left and follow it to the Visitors Centre.

To be honest $20 was a bit expensive to disperse camp here. If There was even water and electric hook ups the rating would be higher. I understand there is garbage pick up, water near by, washrooms to clean and a dump station available so perhaps $10 a night would be fair in my opinion. 

No hook ups available in the campground at all. It is all dispersed camping. That being said we had a level, paved, pull-thru site. There was a cement picnic table and one of the best fire rings we have ever seen that lifted up on a hinge for easy cleaning.

We loved the cave tours available here. There is a large variety of different tours to do so every time you come back you can see a different part of the cave system. There are many nature walks you can go on and different daily events put on by the rangers. There is a lot to keep you busy. The girls would have appreciated a playground at the campground.

The natural feel to the park is wonderful. You are nestled amongst mature trees in a well manicured campground. That being said without electricity,  listening to everyone else run their generators took away from the beauty of the park and I am thankful we spent the money for solar on our rig.

Very clean bathrooms throughout the campground. However paid for showers were located near the camp store and I did not go to look at those. Laundry was also available near the showers.

Every Ranger we spoke to was helpful and pleasant to speak with. If someone didn't have an answer then they made sure to find a Ranger for you that could answer your question. Tour guides were well educated on the tour info.

This is not a campground I would stay at to go and do any other touring. You basically come here for the caves and trails and leave.

We enjoyed our time here but the running of generators was really a damper for us. I expect people to run generators when boondocking in the middle of no where but when we pay for a campground in such a beautiful natural area the generators were a big negative for us. The cave tour was wonderful and we do look forward to returning and doing a different tour next time. The hiking trails are beautiful and plentiful. I felt the price to disperse camp was high. We honestly could have just came here for the day and parked by the visitor centre while we did the tour and walked the trails and moved on to another campground and not felt like we missed anything. The bonus to staying here was you could collect dead fall from the ground for your campfire.

You are allowed to collect and burn dead fall

Another campsite

More campsites

The washrooms behind our campsite

Inside the washoorms

 and read THIS post before hand.

Luckily our site was close to the water tap and we had empty black tanks. Our solar was very helpful here too as there was no electricity. Something I guess we should have researched and known about ahead of time and not just assumed that there would be electricity and water at the site. Generators were permitted but we relyed on our solar and were fine. The solar may be more expensive then a generator but boy oh bot the peace and quiet is nice. Listening to others running their generators for power was kind of a downer as it too away from the peace and tranquillity of the park.It was basically dispersed camping.

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