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HISTORY & ROMANCE
OF MAMMOTH ONYX CAVE

-by Works Progress Administration
 
 
DESCRIPTION OF MAMMOTH ONYX CAVE (formerly Kentucky Caverns)
-by Thomas Aley
 
 
KENTUCKY CAVE IS SMALL,
BUT ITS ATTRACTIONS ARE BIG

-by Pamela Selbert.
 Special to the Chicago Tribune.
March 17, 2002.
 
 
 
270-786-1010
 
 
 
 

Kentucky Down Under
 
 
 
 
Kentucky Down Under
 
 
 
 
Kentucky Down Under
 
 
 
 
Kentucky Down Under
 
 
 
 
Kentucky Down Under
 
 
 
 
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Mammoth Onyx Cave

 
This is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible caves in the U.S.  Mammoth Onyx Cave was discovered in 1799, and opened to public tours in 1922. Visitors will marvel at the beautiful onyx formations found in the underground chambers of Mammoth Onyx Cave. The leisurely cave tour features stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations created by water and time to naturally design an incredibly beautiful underworld scene.
 

Tours of Mammoth Onyx Cave are scheduled throughout the day and no prior reservations are required. Although the cave contains some steps, a small group size and leisurely pace accommodates most people. Guides welcome questions and conversation during a 30-minute tour in a comfortable and constant 60°F setting. This is an active cave: when it rains, the water drips down through the ground and into the cave continually creating new formations! There are many different formations to behold in the cave, such as stalagmites and stalactites, cave popcorn, and cave cauliflower. Unsure what cave popcorn or cave cauliflower are? Your interpreter will be happy to explain.


Included as a part of Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo  - Mammoth Onyx Cave is one of the gems of Kentucky’s "Cave Country."

Mammoth Onyx Cave is open daily, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Please note: Mammoth Onyx Cave is not handicapped accessible. Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is handicap friendly.

Mammoth Onyx Cave – open year-round

Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo – open year – round

  • The closest cave to I-65 for easy on and off touring and staying on schedule
  • No reservations required for cave tours – tours are frequently offered
  • An easy and gentle cave tour – great for kids on their first cave tour
  • Mammoth Onyx Cave offers a great overview of cave formations
  • Limited number of people on cave tour for better interaction with cave guide
  • Two attractions for the price of one – included with your KDU ticket

Off I-65 at Exit 58 / Horse Cave, Kentucky - 270-786-1010 - www.kdu.com

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