Mammoth Cave The Longest Cave System on Planet Earth

Mammoth Cave

Travelling is one of the greatest passions and hobbies all over the world and there are so many places to visit that one life time might never suffice. But then again, there are places that can simply not be ignored. Ironically, most of such places are often far away or mostly not much famous. Probably that is the reason why many travelers seek out destinations that are particularly suited to specific activities such as rock climbing and hitch hiking etc.

Oceans, rivers, islands, mountains and landscapes; all of them are the most attractive things on this planet. Despite the existence of lightened up cities rushing with colors, natural tourist destinations have always been the best places for touring and visiting purposes. We do know that the biggest in the world is Mount Everest which is very famous for its location and stories. How about the biggest and longest cave on earth?

Caves are found all around the world and they are amazingly beautiful holding great influences on any piece of land. Mammoth Cave National Park is the longest caves in the world possessing the biggest and most extensive cave system. This is the world’s longest cave system with more than 400 explored miles located at Kentucky. Astonishingly, no one knows exactly how big the inner side is. The official name of this cave system is “the Mountain-Flint Ridge cave”, a system for the ridge under which the cave has been formed.

Mammoth does not glamorize the underworld with garish lighting and you always have to keep that thing in your mind that you are deep in the earth. Now, the question is to how to get there and it’s not a big deal. Mammoth cave National Park is a great heritage site as well as International Biosphere Reserve and due to its famous point of view, it is not too hard to fetch. Basically, it is 9 miles northwest of I-65 between Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville .If you are going there, take the exit at the Park City and head Northwest on KY 255 to the Park, then from the North take the exit at the cave city and head towards north. From here you can easily get to the Park airports, Nashville and Kentucky. Here we go to the phantom world’s most curious caves.

To get there is not a matter of interest; the point is when to get there. Year around, all the days are same there. Normally, summer brings the most people from all over the world and frequent tours are offered. Mammoth cave is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America and tours are offered there since 1816.

During the remaining year, most importantly in winters, fewer visitors and fewer tours are dedicated to the place. In my opinion, this is the time when you should be paying it a visit, because it is when you are not surrounded by a lot people that you really get your senses corded into the aura of this place. The eeriness, the quiet and the nearly scary dark ends of the cave just don’t show their true colors when everyone is there to see.

Mammoth is the most extensive and diverse cave ecosystem in the world, and has above 200 species most of which are invertebrates. Outside the cave, the topography has fascinating landscapes, abundant wildlife and luxuriant vegetation. The quiet splendor and patchwork history of the popular national park offers lessons on how humanity can coexist with nature.

The cave has many visiting spots which are famous for many sports .The Green and Nolin rivers course runs for more than 30 miles through Mammoth and are the waters heaven for boating, fishing, canoeing and food plain camping.

There are nature tracks for kids and a junior Ranger Program too. Most visitors see the eerie beauty of the caverns on some of the 10 miles of passages available for tours. In the cave system, your experience will not be confined to one thing; you get a chunk of everything from education to adventure, from thrill to fun.

Talking of thrilling scary things, a story that is often cited at the Mammoth Cave is about the paranormal activities that have allegedly been spotted all the time inside it. However, the fear factor is always seen at such places and it’s much common in the west. The most recalled story being that of Floyd Collins who was a seasoned cave explorer who met his death in Crystal Cave a section of Mammoth Cave. The story goes, while exploring the cave alone he was stuck in a small passage and despite multiple attempts over many days to free himself he died in the cave.  He was later taken to the Mammoth Cave Baptist church cemetery and buried (still on national park).

Mammoth cave is a great place to learn about caves, forests, groundwater, wildlife and history; give it a visit because it is just anxious to unleash its secrets onto you.

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