The Mammoth Cave area, in east-central Edmonson County, Kentucky, is one of the world's famous cave regions. A hunter named Houchins is rumored to have chased a wounded bear into a previously unknown cave in the late 1700's, thus discovering one of the great natural wonders of the world. This booklet is written to provide answers to questions which might arise in the visitor's mind concerning the location and formation of this and other caves of the area. Geological literature contains much information about various aspects of Mammoth Cave and its special features, but no attempt has been made previously to present this material in a semitechnical fashion. Some of the more important scientific references have been included in a list at the end of this discussion for those who may want to study further the technical details concerning cavern development.
Last Updated: 18-Jan-2007