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Mammoth Cave covered by Nat Geo as top 2021 destination

Photo provided by the National Park Service

Jennifer Moonsong

Central Division

General Manager

Jobe Publishing, Inc.


This April our region’s very own Mammoth Cave National Park has been bestowed the prestigious honor of being featured in National Geographic. And according to the publication which detailed the park’s unique history, Mammoth Cave National Park “might be a top tourist destination in 2021.”


The park, which is the site of the largest cave system in the world, greeted more than half a million tourists in 2019. However, because of COVID, last year saw less than 300,000 visitors. At least in part, the low number of visitors for 2020 was a reflection of federal restrictions, mandates, and capacity limitations.


This year though, park officials expect a major influx of people from around the globe visiting the extensive limestone labyrinth and 53,000+ acres of forest and trails. In fact, Airbnb deemed the destination a top pick for March. Again, this is likely in part due to continuing COVID concerns, and many travelers picking outdoor attractions over indoor attractions.


If you plan to visit Mammoth Cave this year, they recommend reservations. Because tours are limited, and visitors will be plenty.


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