Mammoth Cave National Park History
Mammoth Cave National Park was established on July 1, 1941 to preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers, and a section of south central Kentucky. This is the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 350 miles explored and mapped.
The Park was designated a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981 and became the core area of an International Biosphere Reserve on September 26, 1990. The Park merits this extra protection and special status because of its unique features above and below ground.
Since the first tour of world-famous Mammoth Cave in 1816, Mammoth Cave Hotel has provided the finest southern hospitality for all the Cave visitors looking for accommodations in the Park.