Where to stay near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

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Where to stay near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave is a unique place in a beautiful area of Kentucky. The incredibly deep cave is known as the longest cave system in the world. This place brings visitors from wide and far every year. But where to stay near Mammoth Cave for the best experience?

Great options are staying within Mammoth Cave National Park or outside the park in Cave City, Horse Cave, Park City or Bowling Green.

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Where to stay near Mammoth Cave National Park

Staying in Mammoth Cave National Park

A very convenient option for where to stay near Mammoth Cave is to stay inside the national park itself. You can do so at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave.

When you stay at the Mammoth Cave Lodge you start and end your days in the heart of your Mammoth Cave National Park experience. You can book the early or late tour and without any inconvenience walk to and from the tour in minutes.

So when you stay at the Lodge in Mammoth Cave National Park you don’t need to think about driving during your visit, and you have the adventure right at your doorstep.

If you prefer to stay as close as the cave as possible, then the Lodge at Mammoth Cave is definitely the best option for you. When you stay here for Mammoth Cave you’re only a short walk away from the cave adventure.

  • Driving distance: 0 miles
  • Driving time: 0 minutes
  • Stay here for: Best possible access to Mammoth Cave.
The Bridal Alter in Mammoth Cave
Inside Mammoth Cave.

Staying in Horse Cave/Cave City/Park City

Horse Cave, Cave City and Park City are great options for where to stay near Mammoth Cave. The three small cities near Mammoth Cave are located just 9 to 15 miles (14-24 km) away from the cave experience. So when you stay in Horse Cave, Cave City or Park City you only have a short drive between your Mammoth Cave hotel and the national park.

Horse Cave and Cave City are the bigger of the three small cities, with more Mammoth Cave lodging opportunities. In Cave City you also find Dinosaur World, which features life-sized dinosaur sculptures, and is a fun attraction to combine with a visit to Mammoth Cave.

Park City is the smallest of the three cities, but it’s also the city nearest to the entrance of Mammoth Cave. In Park City you also find one of the most popular Mammoth Cave hotels.

In conclusion, Horse Cave, Cave City and Park City are very good options for where to stay when visiting Mammoth Cave National Park. All three of them are small Kentucky cities with Mammoth Cave hotels near the endless cave.

  • Driving distance: ≈ 9-15 miles (14-24 km)
  • Driving time: ≈ 15-25 minutes
  • Stay here for: Great access to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Popular hotels in Horse Cave/Cave City/Park City

  • Park City’s Grand Victorian Inn. Grand Victorian offers elegant and unique Victorian guest rooms not far away from Mammoth Cave. And the hotel near Mammoth Cave has a beautiful garden that’s a nice bonus to enjoy for the time you’re not exploring the cave.
  • Holiday Inn Express – Horse Cave. Holiday Inn is an excellent hotel for where to stay near Mammoth Cave. Not only is the location good but the Mammoth Cave hotel also has indoor swimming pool and hot tub. So when you stay at this Mammoth Cave hotel you can go from all the cave action to fun and relaxing water activities in just 20 minutes.
Road among corn fields
Kentucky country road.

Staying in Bowling Green

Bowling Green is the best option for where to stay near Mammoth Cave if you don’t want to stay in the park or in any of the small cities situated nearer.

From Bowling Green it’s roughly 40 miles (64 km) to make the drive up to Mammoth Cave. So it’s still not a long drive from Bowling green to Mammoth Cave. And in Bowling Green you find more Mammoth Cave lodging and restaurant options than in the more rural areas closer to the cave.

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On top of the bigger selection of Mammoth Cave hotels and restaurants in Bowling Green, this is also where you find the Corvette Museum. The Corvette museum is a tribute to America’s sport car and a must for the sport’s car enthusiast.

To sum up, Bowling Green means a longer drive to the cave than the other Mammoth Cave hotel options. But if you want to avoid the really small cities, Bowling Green is the best option for where to stay when visiting Mammoth Cave. In Bowling Green you find more options for Mammoth Cave lodging, dining and entertainment.

  • Driving distance: ≈ 40 miles (64 km)
  • Driving time: ≈ 40 minutes
  • Stay here for: A bigger town with more things to do.
Green fields in Bowling Green
Fields in Bowling Green.

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Where to stay near Mammoth Cave FAQ

Here you find the answers to some frequently asked questions about where to stay near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.

Where should I stay when visiting Mammoth Cave?

The Lodge at Mammoth Cave is the only accommodation option within the national park. Horse Cave, Cave City and Park City are the nearest towns and also popular options for where to stay when visiting Mammoth Cave. If you prefer a greater selection of Mammoth Cave hotels, dining and entertainment you need to look further towards Bowling Green.

What city is closest to Mammoth Cave?

The neighbouring group of cities Horse Cave, Cave City and Park City are the cities closest to Mammoth Cave. They sit only 9 to 15 miles (14-24 km) and 15 to 25 minutes away from the cave experience.

How many days do you need for Mammoth Cave?

One full day exploring Mammoth Cave allows for one or two cave tours as well as some hiking on the overground trails in the national park. Add more time for more tours and the area’s other attractions such as Dinosaur World in Cave City.

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