Nov 15, 2008

Mammoth Cave - Longest Cave System in the World

Mammoth Cave is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America. It is best known for its 358 miles of caves -- the world's longest cave system, with more miles being "discovered" and mapped every year. I have taken a number of the cave tours and the sights they display are wondrous. However, above the caves is a forest of 52,000 acres with over 73 miles of trails which wend and wind over hills, along rivers and streams, atop bluffs and ridges and around sinkholes.
Predominantly wooded with hickory, tulip poplar, sugar maple, beech, and white and black oats, most of the forest is second growth, although remnants of relatively undisturbed old growth remain. White tailed deer, flocks of wild turkeys, wood ducks, turtles, kingfishers, great blue herons, squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons are the most commonly seen animals. The Green River is home to 82 species of fish and 50 species of freshwater mussels.The 52,830-acre park receives approximately 1.7 million visitors per year.

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