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Dixon Cave

A short hike to a view of a collapsed cave entrance.

Hiking Easy

1.4 km
44 m
44 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
192 m
High Point
214 m
Dixon Cave Map

This short hike leads to a view of a collapsed cave entrance near Mammoth Cave's Historic Entrance. It's an excellent option for a short hike between cave tours or ranger programs, and it's great for the family to enjoy together.


Dixon Cave is great by itself, though often paired with Sunset Point or River Styx Spring Trail for those who have the time. The cave, which is more reminiscent of a sinkhole now, is closed to the public to protect the remaining bat population. In recent years, an estimated "90% of the hibernating bat species at Mammoth Cave" have been affected by the white-nose syndrome, "an emerging disease in North American bats which has resulted in the dramatic decrease of bat population."

There are two ways to access Dixon Cave: via the visitor center or picnic area. With multiple parking lots surrounding the trailhead, this is mapped from the walkway between the main visitor center and lodge. Water and restrooms are both available nearby. In contrast to many National Park policies, leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome to join!

Sources: https://myhikes.org/trails/dixon-cave-trail-to-mammoth-cave-historic-entrance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-nosesyndrome



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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