Mammoth Cave National Park reopens after partial government shutdown

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky.- On Friday, the partial government shutdown came to an end, which means employees at Mammoth Cave National Park will be returning to work after 35 days.

The National Park released the following statement on Saturday:

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Mammoth Cave National Park will resume Green River Ferry operations at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 26, and full visitor service operations, including staffing the visitor center and providing cave tours, on Sunday, January 27. All park trails and roads continue to accessible to the public, pending inclement weather events. Please visit for updated information about the park.

The park would like to thank the Friends of Mammoth Cave who provided park and area information to visitors throughout the lapse in appropriations. Their support provided valuable information to many visitors looking for recreation options when visiting the park and South Central Kentucky.

The park would also like to thank The Lodge at Mammoth Cave, which is operated by Ortega National Parks, for remaining open during the shutdown and providing essential visitor services and attending to park trash cans.

Mammoth Cave National Park and its employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks.