At the heart of the state’s limestone cave region, Cave City is an ideal base for exploring Mammoth Cave National Park and its surrounding sights. Summer tourism is the main industry in this all-American town; many attractions limit their hours during the slow, and oftentimes wet, winter months.
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Ten miles are open to visitors. The Historic Tour is the most accessible — you’ll see the aptly named Bottomless Pit and the spectacular Mammoth Dome.
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Don’t let the name fool you! The ranger-led tour is a challenging trek, requiring spelunkers to crawl and squeeze through narrow tunnels.
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For claustrophobics: The River Styx Spring Trails take you on an above-ground tour via walkways and wooden bridges that lead to a bubbling spring.
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