Located in the hilly area of south central Kentucky, the Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest known cave system. To date, there have been more than 400 miles explored. Initial travelers of the site described the cave as beautiful, though dark and sometimes scary. Still, the park holds true to its name; delighting visitors with its mammoth chambers and labyrinths.
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Mammoth Cave is a World Heritage Site because it provides fascinating evidence of historical events. Through exploration, the story of human beings has been depicted on cave walls and by finding several artifacts and remains, which are estimated to be several thousand years old. Nearby caves in the region housed mummies pointing to pre-Columbian funeral practices. It is because of this that the cave maintains its relevance and fascination among archeologists.
Mammoth Cave officially became a national park in 1941 after a rather turbulent exploration history. After it was dedicated, though, Mammoth Cave has maintained its reputation as one of the more stunning national parks in the country – though it still is one of the lesser-visited attractions in the state.
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One of the beautiful aspects of the park is the knowledge that there are still miles yet undiscovered. There are still groups that visit the park intent on making discoveries. The most recent discovery was in 2005 where a connection between two smaller caves was found. This added around 3 miles to the existing system. Incremental discoveries have made the approximate area of the Mammoth Cave to 400 miles.
Visitors are encouraged to take a step into the past at the Mammoth Cave National Park.