In June 2010 the Brosius Family went down to Mammoth Cave for a few days. I had been wanting to check this place out for awhile. Since this trip, we've made it our go-to stay-over spot to break up a long trip. Mammoth Cave National Park has a lot to offer.
We rented a convenient but very rustic little cabin at Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Cave City. The Savannah cabin that we chose was basically like camping but with walls, two small sinks, a toilet, and a tv. I could hear the cricket chirping outside like it was in the room with me. But it was far better than a tent. Did you guess that I'm not much for camping? The Savannah cabin in peak season is $134/night. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, their 300' waterslide and minigolf is included in the price of camping or cabins. We didn't have much time for the pool and waterslide, but I went down the slide a few times with the kids, and it is steep and fast. Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave
|Entrance to Historic Tour at Mammoth Cave NP|
During the next morning and afternoon we took a canoe trip down the Green River with Mammoth Cave Canoe and Kayak. Here is the trip we choose: "Half Day Trip - Dennison Ferry - 8 miles - Our shortest trip taking 3 to 4 hours depending on river level and your pace. Excellent trip for beginners or those with small children. Great scenery, limestone bluffs, a small cave (canoe accessible depending on water level). No Rapids. Class 1. Never closed due to low water level." I think it actually took almost 5 hours. This was fun and the kids liked it. Though my husband was tired of paddling by the end. We brought a lunch and ate in the canoes and on a little island along the way. I also brought a fly swatter in case of deer flies. I had read a tip about this. However, there were none. Only tons of dragonflies that landed on my paddle when I rested between strokes. During lunch on the island my three older kids (at the time 13, 10, and 9) were enjoying swimming across the river from the island to a spot where a rope had been hung. They'd swim across, grab the rope on the other side, hold the rope for awhile letting the current stream by, let go, then swim back to the island downriver a bit, swimming hard before the current took them past the end of the island. Now mind you, my kids are pretty good swimmers. And of course they were wearing life jackets. But instead of enjoying their excitement of their little adventure, I was being anxious, afraid they would not swim hard enough and miss the end of the island. Worst case scenario, they miss the island, I swim in after them, catch up to them, and we float along til the rest of the family came alone with the canoes. It would have been no big deal. Instead I nagged my husband and put an early stop to the fun. It was a personal defeat for me knowing that I had given in to being the worry-wart mom who is too scared to let her kids enjoy an adventure. In retrospect, I disappointed myself and my family. I'm going to keep working on this. Controlling my need to control a situation. It was a good lesson for me about parenting and control. At any rate, I must keep working on this; I'd like to canoe with alligators in the Everglades eventually.
So, if you are heading south through Kentucky, or just want a two or three day get-away, consider this trip. Here's what we spent:
- Jellystone Park 137.80/night for two nights $276
- Green River Canoeing for 6 people $91
- National Park Service Historic Tour tickets for 6 $60
- plus some food for the cabin, some fast-food, and gas to get there.