Proposed Recreational Fee Changes for 2021 at Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park Proposes Future Fee Increase
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 21, 2020. -Mammoth Cave National Park seeks public comments on a proposed increase in cave tour and camping rates which would take effect in 2021. Information on the fee increase is available for view and comment on the park's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website from Monday, August 24 to Tuesday, September 22.
At least 80 percent of the fees collected at Mammoth Cave are used to fund projects that address deferred maintenance needs, enhance visitor programs and services, protect resources, and improve and rehabilitate visitor facilities. The remaining 20 percent helps support projects in the 310 national park units that do not charge entrance fees, like nearby Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in Hodgenville, Ky.
"Mammoth Cave has utilized it's fee program to focus on projects to improve the visitor experience by funding work on trails both inside and outside of Wondering Woods Cave, as a part of the upcoming multi-million-dollar project to fix the roof of the main building of the Lodge at Mammoth Cave, and to fund the hiring of cave guides to work during our busy summer season," said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. "The funds we collect in the park are essential to continue our investment in services and improvements that are necessary to serve the hundreds of thousands of visitors we receive each year."