Cedar Sink Wildflower Walk with Steve Kistler at Mammoth Cave National Park

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Saturday, March 25th, 2023
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Cedar Sink Trail in Mammoth Cave National Park, Brownsville, KY, 42210 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

This will be a rain or shine event. Unless there is lightning, heavy winds, or heavy rain we will continue with the hike. 

Some rain won’t bother us but remember wet surfaces can be slick—take appropriate precautions. Go slow, use handrails on stairs, and watch your step!

Steve Kistler will lead a hike into Cedar Sink, a large sink hole in Mammoth Cave National Park, for a look at the vast array of spring ephemerals that grow in the area. 

Steve is a retired Hart County science teacher and former Mammoth Cave National Park seasonal guide of 12 years. He has led spring bird and wildflower hikes for the past 8 years in the park and plans to continue in 2023. Steve, along with his wife Janet, are active birders and botanists.

Please note that Cedar Sink is a depression that is only accessible via two sets of stairs into and out of the sink. A total of 295 stairs will be traversed during the approximately 2 mile hike. There is a limited number of parking spots at the trailhead. Parking has not been a concern this time of year and at the time of the hike in the past however, carpooling is encouraged! There is typically a regularly maintained port-a-potty/port-a-john at the parking lot. No flush toilets, sinks, or running water at the trailhead. The nearest public restrooms are at the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor Center located approximately 10 minutes away by car at 1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259.

For those who may like to do a more accessible hike the Echo River Springs Loop Trail is a one mile loop on a flat, paved, wheelchair accessible hiking path with many spring blooming wild flowers. The trail is accessed from the parking lot where Green River Ferry Road meets the Green River. Click here for a link to google maps showing the parking lot and trailhead for the Echo River Springs Loop Trail. 

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