Here's one entrance. Stairs take you down, down, down.
Here is the original, main entrance.
No shortage of stairs and steps.
I took two two-hour tours. They hustle you along. It's hard to stop and get a picture.
Mammoth Cave was discovered again in 1796 by a hunter that shot a bear and followed the wounded critter into the cave. Thousands of years ago, Native Americans used this cave for purposes unknown.
In the War of 1812, slaves mined salt peter here. After the war ended, the slaves became tour guides.
In the early 1900's the Park Service starting buying up the land from the approximately 600+ different owners. The park is now 7 square miles and contains 86 cemeteries.
Posted by Dave