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Author Topic: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown  (Read 1465 times)

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Social distancing while hiking wasn't always easy on the trails in the crowded gorge, so off trail in cave country was an obvious choice.  ;)

Waterfalls around every corner!



























Lots of arches

*Splash Arch



*Mineral Window



Wham Arch



Talon Arch



Complex Arch (aka Thank You Maam)



*Laggard Double



*Plank Shelf



Elephant Arch



*Trio Window



*Tusker Double



*Hominy Peep



*Rooted Window



*Trench Arch



*Nook Arch



*Knoll Complex



*Alcove Window



Triple Arch







Narrow Arch



*Debatable Arch



Temple Twin



*Temple Window



Houchins Ferry Arch





*Ferry tube



*Ettes







High water made it impossible to visit some arches so we'll have to return again.   ;)
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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2020, 08:21:13 AM »

Nice photos!  Thanks for sharing.  Makes me want to go back there!

Curious- did you use any of the ferries?  I read where the one near the visitor center was going to be shut down for repair.
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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2020, 08:26:24 AM »

Hey Dan, hope you are doing well.  Stay safe.
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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2020, 03:13:08 PM »

Curious- did you use any of the ferries?  I read where the one near the visitor center was going to be shut down for repair.

Houchins Ferry has been closed for awhile.  Green River Ferry was closed due to high water.
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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2020, 06:39:47 PM »

Love love that area! Its been 3 years since I visited those waterfalls. I wonder, Bazinga, how much use has that area seen? There was scarcely a trail three years ago. This was before Instagram and other sites made it more accessible.
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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2020, 08:16:29 PM »

Not much of trail at the beginning, but once down in the creek bed there is a fairly easy path to follow.
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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 08:56:15 AM »

The trails have changed here over the years.  Decades ago there was a "Waterfalls Trail" and "Waterfalls Campsite" but they removed those official trails. (at least they were gone the last time I was there)  I haven't been there in a few years, but the last time I backpacked there, the "Bluffs" trail had also been removed.  The bluffs were obviously still there, but the trail sign had been painted over.  My son and I backpacked all of the trails and many unofficial trails 30 years ago.  Snakes and ticks can be bad during the summer months, but the fall and winter are great; very few hikers.  My main objection was that the trails were shared with horses and many areas were so muddy and torn up that you couldn't even walk on the trails. Many of the really "neat" features are not shown on the official maps.  I had a friend who showed me some of the off trail sites that were super unique.  There are caves and sinkholes galore but you really need to be careful when hiking off trail.
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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2020, 08:44:12 PM »

trails were shared with horses and many areas were so muddy and torn up that you couldn't even walk on the trails.
There are caves and sinkholes galore but you really need to be careful when hiking off trail.

Hiking horseback trails is often a long, sloggy, muddy mess! Awhile back we hiked the well named Buffalo Creek Trail...there was about an inch or more of water running over large sections of the trail. 

I seem to have more injuries while on the trails.  :o   :laugh:  When off trail I'm always extremely cautious, constantly searching/feeling for hidden dangers, but most important is knowing the limits of my particular skills.  ;)

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Re: Bushwhacking at Mammoth Cave National Park during the Covid lockdown
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2020, 06:55:42 AM »

Nice stuff!  Looks like you saw all the goodies.
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