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If you’re trying to visit all the National Parks, you’ll find yourself in Cave City, Kentucky when visiting Mammoth Cave National Park. And while you could choose to camp at Mammoth Cave, we instead opted to sleep in a Wigwam! Here’s everything you need to know if you would like to sleep in a Wigwam, too!
About Cave City
Just outside of Mammoth Cave National Park, it’s a safe bet that the Cave is one place you’ll be checking out while you’re staying at the Wigwam Village. There isn’t much else in the area though, so if you’re not up for hiking the wide open spaces in Mammoth Cave, you might not enjoy Cave City. There are a few gas stations, a dollar store, and plenty of chain restaurants, but not much else. There are signs everywhere for a place called Dinosaur World, but we did not stop here. Reviews are mixed but overall the place seems to be geared towards families, and it didn’t seem like the a stop we wanted to make.
Where to Eat
You can find all of the usual chain eateries here: McDonald’s, A&W, Long John Silvers, Wendy’s, Subway, Cracker Barrel, Pizza Hut, and a Dairy Queen. There were a few names I didn’t recognize that I can only assume are locally owned restaurants. Places such as The Dog Pound or Buck Bees BBQ are both locally owned eateries to check out.
We ate Pizza Hut our first night in Cave City, and opted to eat inside the park for the rest of our visit. At Mammoth Cave National Park, there are two restaurants you can eat at: Green River Grille, a sit down restaurant, and Spelunker’s Cafe, a quick bite burger joint. It may have been the 7 hours of hiking talking, but we very much enjoyed the burgers at Spelunker’s Cafe!
What to Do
If you’re in Cave City, you should spend a majority of your time visiting Mammoth Cave National Park. They have tons of guided hikes throughout the 400+ Miles of their cave. You can also hike trails above ground or explore the museums in the visitor center. While we visited the park, we did two separate hikes, one was a 3-hour hike, the other was a 4-hour hike. All in all, we saw almost every inch of the cave that was opened to the public. They were both long, quick-paced hikes, but so worth it!
If you want to read more about our time at Mammoth Cave National Park, you can check out these posts: