Cave City, Kentucky, is home to Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest known cave system in the world. With a population of 1,869 people, the citizens of this small town have more than 400 miles of rocky turf beneath their feet.
Visitors can make reservations for tours of the more popular destinations. Frozen Niagara, for instance, is a fan favorite; its waterfall-like flowstone formations attract sightseers far and wide. Or, tourists can travel down Gothic Avenue, where the cave walls are riddled with signatures of 19th century patrons. For experienced cave goers, Mammoth Cave National Park offers tours such as Fat Man’s Misery or the Wild Cave tour. Though possessing the same beauty as the other cave tours, these (and others not listed) are strenuous and require constant activity.
Without reservations, visitors can take a self-guided tour through the lesser explored sections of the caves.
The following pictures were taken from a small portion of this magnificent world wonder:
The next set of pictures were taken in Outlaw Cave, so named because it served as a hiding place for famous outlaw Jesse James and his gang in 1881. He had ventured to the cave previously in his travels and knew of a secret back entrance that the police officials pursuing him were not aware of.
When his hunters came near, James and his crew escaped though the exit unscathed. The pursuers, however, believing the cave was a dead-end, set off dynamite in false hopes of catching the rogue. This explosion closed off a large portion of the cave. The damage left behind still remains today.