American Cave Museum and Hidden River Cave
American Cave Museum
The American Cave Conservation Association is located right in the heart of downtown Horse Cave. Just past the town's major intersection, you'll discover the American Cave Museum and Hidden River Cave.
The American Cave Museum is a self-guided museum with two floors of exhibits dealing with caves, groundwater and pollution. Guided tours descend 150' underground. Hear the history of Hidden River Cave, why it was closed for 50 years and it's phenomenal recovery. View the remains of a turn of the century hydroelectric system, walk above the Hidden River and witness awe-inspiring chambers.
Horse Cave, Kentucky is a constant reminder of the delicate balance between caves and the sunlit world above. Thousands of visitors and school children tour Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum each year. The American Cave Museum is the only facility in the U.S., dedicated to caves, groundwater and karstlands, where you can learn about groundwater and then venture underground to see it.
The Hidden River Cave Adventure Tour takes you on a mile long trip into the earth to explore an underground stream, discover unique cave animals and trek through Hidden River Cave. Experience caving like never before as professional, well-trained guides take you 150' underground and off the beaten path and through the dark, mysterious labyrinth of Hidden River Cave.
Adventure Tours involve strenuous hiking through muddy and wet cave passages, in addition to crawling, stooping and climbing over rocks. Adventure Tours are not recommended for anyone that has claustrophobia, breathing or walking difficulties. Proper equipment and safe caving practices are stressed. Caving helmets and lights are provided. Participants must wear boots, gloves, warm clothing and be prepared to get muddy. Youths must be at least 12 years of age; an adult must accompany ages 12-18. The temperature inside the cave is approx. 58°F. Restrooms not available. Advance registration required.
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