Ever want to take the road less traveled? Or better yet, get off the road all together? Let the Green River be your gateway to Mammoth Cave National Park.
Photo by @kellywantstokayak of Instagram – taken at a blue hole on the Green in Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park (MACA) is home to the longest cave system in the world. They have mapped over 400 miles of cave in this 52,830 acre park and the Green River runs right through it all. You can launch in Munfordville and be at Dennison’s Ferry in 12 hours, covering 21 miles of river. Or you could keep on paddling for another 3 hours and cover an additional 8 miles to the Green River Ferry.
Photo by Dayton Carby on the Green.
Our Green River is one of the most bio-diverse in the nation according to the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife (KDFW) so there’s lots to see on the way. Here’s two of the KDFW descriptions of this stretch of the Green: Green River Ferry to Dennison’s Ferry and Green River in Hart County. The second link describes the river in the entirety of our county, which we encourage you to do sometime too. Also, you’ll be floating through one of the most unique geological areas on the planet. MACA is also a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, which recognizes the ecosystem internationally.
Perhaps the coolest things about this float from ferry to ferry is a streamside cave that greets paddlers on the left, looking downstream. It can be paddled into for about 40 feet when the water levels are right. And don’t forget to watch for the blue holes and springs that spill into the river, these are beautiful, cool and refreshing in the summer.
Photo by Jake McConnell on the Green.
To find out more about safely camping on the river within MACA’s boundaries, click here.
Also, personal floatation devices MUST BE WORN by all persons at all times on all areas of Green River and Nolin River within the park. More safety information about paddling in Mammoth Cave National can be found here.
And here’s a couple of things you don’t want to miss in our town before you launch, check out what’s behind: