Mammoth Cave National Park

Entrance to Mammouth Cave National ParkSince 1816, visitors have walked the underground mazes of Mammoth Cave. Mammoth Cave National Park in central Kentucky was authorized as a national park in 1926 and was fully established July 1, 1941 to conserve a system of caves that are a part of the Green River valley and centered around the Green River, with a tributary, the Nolin River, feeding just inside the park. The Green River has a dam near the western end of the park, so that the river only flows freely for a small section in the eastern part. This is the longest cave series on earth, with more than 365 miles investigated, and located on over 52,800 acres (214 km²).

 

Mammouth Cave It is officially named the Mammoth Cave System for the ridge under which the cave system was formed. It became a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981, and an International Biosphere Reserve on September 26, 1990.

 

 

Climate

Kentucky has moderate weather in any season. Summers can be very warm with normal temperatures in the upper 80s, but evenings can be chilly. In th spring and fall it is recommended to have a light jacket. Winter months can have some snow, with highs in the low to middle 40's. Spring and summer being the wettest weather, and fall the driest. Yearly rainfall is 48 inches, including snow of about 13.7 inches.

 

 

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