Mammoth Cave National Park continues to grow in popularity, thanks to its massive cave system and its unique tours.
With so many nearby accommodations to choose from it can be difficult to narrow down your search and find a place that fits all your needs. Scroll down to see our guide to the absolute best 30 hotels and their highlights so you can spend less time planning your trip and more time having fun in the park.
Table of Contents
- 1. The Lodge at Mammoth Cave
- 2. Grand Victorian Inn
- 3. Serenity Hill B&B
- 4. Hickory Cabins
- 5. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone
- 6. Main Street Bed & Breakfast
- 7. Rock Cabin Camping
- 8. Victorian House Bed & Breakfast
- 9. Cottages at Briar Creek
- 10. The Lodge at Nolin Lake
- 11. Hall Place
- 12. Lakeside Dreams
- 13. Moutardier Marina & Lakeview Cabins
- 14. Reed-Dossey House Bed & Breakfast
- 15. Mammoth Cave Cabins and Resort
- 16. Baymont Inn & Suites Cave City
- 17. Joel’s Cabin in the Woods
- 18. Jesse James Stables Cabins
- 19. Mountain Top Retreat Cabin Rentals
- 20. Wigwam Village
- 21. The Kentucky Dragonfly
- 22. The Bishop House
- 23. Barren Breeze Bed & Breakfast
- 24. Barren River Lake State Resort Park
- 25. Harston Hideaways Cabin Rentals
- 26. Barren River Lake Rentals
- 27. Payne Farm Retreat
- 28. Holiday Inn Express Horse Cave
- 29. Sleep Inn & Suites
- 30. Comfort Inn & Suites
1. The Lodge at Mammoth Cave
Although Mammoth Cave National Park is a whopping 52,830 acres, many of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other – and in the center of it all, you’ll find The Lodge at Mammoth Cave.
While staying at the lodge, you’ll have your choice between rooms in the main building or the two nearby cottage communities.
Both the Woodland Cottages and the Historic Cottages are a five-minute walk from the lodge and give a more secluded vibe. The Woodland Cottages are more rustic, and their high ceilings make for a very spacious feel whereas the Historic Cottages are slightly more expensive and feel more like a suite.
Regardless of where you stay on property, you’ll have access to quick bites at Spelunker’s, known for the best ice cream in Kentucky, and a sit down dinner at the Green River Grill.
With the famous cave tours just steps away from your accommodation and prices as low as $70/night, there’s no lodging in the area quite like it.
2. Grand Victorian Inn
Once known as the Mentz Hotel back in the late 1800s, the structure went under years of restoration to bring you the lovely Grand Victorian Inn you see today. Choose from one of the eleven uniquely decorated rooms with two suite options available if you’re looking for extra space and/or luxury.
Enjoy a full breakfast of eggs, meats, juices, and pancakes each morning in the dining room, nicknamed the Mammoth Railway Café. Have a seat along the wraparound porch and watch as the occasional train passes by along the historic Mammoth Railway.
The inn has seasonal specials on occasion, so make sure to check out their site to see when you can get the best deal.
3. Serenity Hill B&B
Just 2 minutes from the entrance to Mammoth Cave and 15 minutes to popular attractions like the cave tour, Serenity Hill B&B provides a convenient and peaceful lodging option.
The country home has four rooms to choose from, the largest of the bunch being the luxurious Serenity Suite with its two-person jetted bathtub and king-size bed.
Regardless of which room you choose, you won’t spend more than $200/night – even during the park’s busiest season. In fact, if you plan to book your stay through the months of October through March, you’ll receive a 10% discount.
Enjoy free drinks and snacks in the dining room at any time of day and sit in the backyard to watch hummingbirds in action.
4. Hickory Cabins
Located on the northwestern edge of the national park, Hickory Cabins is sure to provide the feeling of a rustic getaway with its dense forest and secluded location.
There are only three cabins to choose from, so plan your stay in advance to guarantee a reservation. Rooms range from accommodations for 2-8 people – and the largest is two stories tall with a 6-person hot tub and a variety of entertainment options.
The cabins offer discounted rates for guests looking to stay a full week, but even just a weekend in the most sought-after cabin won’t run you more than $230/night.
Although the cabins are minutes away from the park boundary, it is a 45-minute ride to attractions like the cave tours.
5. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone
With 94 cabins, over 200 campsites, and two bear dens for large groups, there is enough room at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone for all families, big or small.
Cabins are available for just about any group size. The highest price you’ll see a cabin cost is $350/night during the holiday season, with the off-seasons being as low as $80/night.
The resort is a vacation within itself with access to mini-golf, a splash park, volleyball, fishing, karaoke, wagon rides, a beach and so much more. You’ll also find a grocery store, dog park, gift shop, laundry facility, restaurants, and golf cart rentals to make your stay as convenient as possible.
6. Main Street Bed & Breakfast
Nestled away behind the streets of downtown Glasgow, you’ll find the ancient house known as Main Street Bed & Breakfast. Built nearly 200 years ago, the Dickinson-Greer House was transformed into a bed and breakfast in 2010 and has been winning the hearts of guests ever since.
The house is the opposite of modern in the best possible way, and every step you take within its doors feels like you’re traveling further back in time.
If the charming home and surrounding grounds aren’t convincing enough, the owner, Cherie Vaughan, makes a delicious farm-fresh breakfast every morning.
After a day of exploring the park, have a seat around the fire pit and chat with new friends in the spacious backyard.
7. Rock Cabin Camping
One of the closest accommodations you’ll find to Mammoth Cave National Park is the Rock Cabin Camping grounds. Its name is misleading, as the primary use of this article establishment is cabin rentals – and there are very few actual campsites.
The 9 cabins vary in size to accommodate groups of all sizes, and prices range from $59-$99/night.
Its prime location also provides quick access to Cave City, which is home to an abundance of attractions like Dinosaur World, horseback riding, mini-golf, cave tours, and much more.
Although it’s near many popular areas, the grounds themselves are in a more primitive environment – so your cell service can be spotty, and wifi access is limited.
8. Victorian House Bed & Breakfast
Start each day with a hot and tasty country breakfast served up every morning within the confines of an 1875 grand victorian mansion at the Victorian House Bed & Breakfast.
The house is less than 30 minutes from the national park’s visitor center, where all the action happens, but stays clear of the hectic streets of Cave City.
The innkeeper has maintained the 19th-century charm so as you walk through the main doors you will feel like you’re entering a different world.
The bedrooms are very cozy, the backyard garden is beautiful, and there’s nothing quite like relaxing on the large front porch.
9. Cottages at Briar Creek
If you are looking for accommodations for a group of up to 10 people and are hoping to find an affordable house to rent for the week, the Cottages at Briar Creek have you covered.
From the cottages, it’s about 45 minutes to the heart of the national park, but most of the drive takes you through the scenic parts of the park that few tend to visit.
The cottages are also just moments away from Nolin State Park which is known for its fishing, hiking, and kayaking.
Each cottage is two stories with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, and an even larger screened-in porch.
Sit around a campfire with the family enjoying a couple of s’mores or with some old friends with a drink in hand.
10. The Lodge at Nolin Lake
The Lodge at Nolin Lake doubles as one of the tastiest restaurants in Kentucky, famous for its fish fry Fridays and homemade cobblers.
Since the lodge is located right along Nolin Lake, you’re almost guaranteed a room with a lake view and private deck to enjoy it on.
The lodge prides itself on how pristine and cozy they keep the rooms, so a stay in any of the ten rooms available is sure to be an enjoyable one.
At just thirty minutes from Mammoth Cave National Park and two minutes from Nolin State Park, there’s enough outdoor recreation to keep you busy for weeks.
11. Hall Place
Not many people can say that they’ve stayed in a home once visited by Abraham Lincoln, but if you book a stay at Hall Place you will become one of the lucky few.
Built in 1861, the house has since been restored into a four-bedroom bed and breakfast located in the historic city of Glasgow.
Every morning you’ll wake with your mouth watering from the smells of the delicious breakfast of eggs, meat, and pancakes you are about to enjoy.
The city of Glasgow is a hidden gem of shops, restaurants, and cafes and the national park is just a thirty-minute drive away.
12. Lakeside Dreams
This 3 bed, 2 ½ bath, cabin is perfect for guests traveling in large groups of 8 or less and is located right on the water of Nolin Lake.
The kitchen comes fully equipped for all your cooking needs, and the waterfront access is perfect for swimming – just bring your own groceries and a couple of beach towels.
Eat breakfast on the picnic table set up on the porch while you take in the views of the lake or cook up some burgers on the grill.
There are not many other places you’ll find such spacious, scenic accommodations for such an affordable rate, at only $250/night.
13. Moutardier Marina & Lakeview Cabins
Located in the city of Leitchfield, the cabins are about a 40-minute ride to Mammoth Cave National Park, but there many attractions along Nolin Lake as well.
Get out on the water by renting one of the pontoon boats at the marina just feet away from the horseshoe configuration of ten cabins.
A one-bedroom cabin ranges from $100-$120/night and the two-bedroom cabins can be anywhere between $125-$175/night depending on their size. Each cabin has its own fire pit with a cooking grate and a full kitchen, but if you’re looking to eat out, the waterfront Captain Phil’s Restaurant is just a short walk away.
14. Reed-Dossey House Bed & Breakfast
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, the Reed-Dossey House Bed & Breakfast is not your average lodging experience.
The house sits up high on a hill overlooking the small town of Brownsville and is less than five miles from the national park.
Every room has raised ceilings that add a spacious feel and a large bathtub with jets for an ultimate night of relaxation.
Every morning you’ll be treated to eggs (in whichever style you prefer), meats and homemade French toast served hot when requested. Since the area doesn’t have many nearby restaurants, the owners offer a delicious selection of dinner dishes for an additional fee, selected in advance prior to arrival.
The house is also home to two sweet cats who tend to mind their own business, so those who are allergic should seek accommodations elsewhere.
15. Mammoth Cave Cabins and Resort
This Mammoth Cave resort is no joke with three fishing ponds, a 25-acre lake, a waterfall, hiking trails, and a completely private cave for guests only.
The cabins are the perfect combination of rustic and modern styles with scenic private decks, fully equipped kitchens, smart TVs, and high ceilings.
For as little as $250/night, you can stay in a two-story cabin with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and private lakefront access.
Bring materials to cook your own dinner or check out one of the nearby restaurants like Blue Holler Café or the Green River Café in the national park.
16. Baymont Inn & Suites Cave City
For an affordable, last-minute choice just minutes away from the park boundary, the Baymont Inn & Suites Cave City is a great option. With prices as low as $60/night, you can enjoy a cozy room with free breakfast and access to unlimited wifi.
In the warmer months, the outdoor pool and hot tub are open for guests, and the fitness facility is open 24 hours a day.
If the rates weren’t reason enough to stay at the Baymont, a variety of deals are available with the best being to stay three nights, and get one night free.
17. Joel’s Cabin in the Woods
Make yourself and the whole family feel right at home at Joel’s Cabin in the Woods – just 15 minutes from Mammoth Cave National Park.
The two-story cabin has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and can accommodate up to 8 guests. Have your pick between the upper and lower decks, take in the sun, and admire the wildlife that surrounds you.
The industrial kitchen is fully stocked with anything you might need to make a tasty meal, and there are multiple dining spaces to choose from.
The large clawfoot tubs are perfect for soaking after a long day in the park, and there are fireplaces in almost every room to cozy up next to.
Stay as long as you please and take advantage of the free on-site laundry facilities and never have to worry about your dirty clothes.
18. Jesse James Stables Cabins
Located in Cave City, the cabins at Jesse James Stables have everything you need to enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway.
The establishment’s main attraction is their stables. By staying at one of their cabins, you’re not only a walking distance to a horseback riding adventure but are also eligible for package specials and discounts.
Although the rooms may not be luxurious, they come stocked with a hotplate, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, and mini-fridge to satisfy some of your cooking needs.
During the busier season cabins typically cost $100/night but drop to around $80/night from October through March. If you’re looking for something more primitive, the stables also have camping and RV hookups available for a small fee.
19. Mountain Top Retreat Cabin Rentals
The lovely two-bedroom cabins that sit high above Kentucky’s cave country guarantee breathtaking views overlooking nearby towns, rolling hills, and mountain valleys.
All of the cabins hold enough queen and full-size beds to accommodate up to six guests. The average cost is $100/night, but summer demand can cause this price to increase up to $155/night with a $10 fee for every additional guest after the fourth.
The cabins don’t have full kitchens, but they do have a small kitchenette stocked with a mini-fridge, toaster, microwave, and coffee maker. Sit on the comfy couch and watch some tv or relax on your front porch and take in the stunning views of the surrounding area.
The Snack Shack is just down the road and serves up delicious pizza and wings daily until 6 PM.
20. Wigwam Village
The historic Wigwam Village has been providing guests with a unique twist on lodging accommodations since 1937.
Once a thriving business, Wigwam Villages were built all around the United States – but the Wigwam Village in Cave City is one of three built before 1950 that still remain.
Recognized as a historic landmark by the National Register of Historic Places, Cave City’s village has slowly been going under renovations to restore its grounds with 1930s appeal.
There are 15 wigwams on-site with accommodations for up to four guests, and very basic amenities that only add to the ancient experience.
For those who are unfamiliar with wigwams, they resemble tepees but are a more permanent option made of steel to ensure continued use.
21. The Kentucky Dragonfly
Bring the whole family – furry friends included – for a wonderful and homely stay at The Kentucky Dragonfly Bed and Breakfast. Reserve the B&B by room, or opt for a full-house rental for larger families.
Although the outside can look a bit run down, the inside has been carefully renovated and decorated. The entire home is wheelchair accessible.
The den has enough toys and electronics to keep the kids happy, and the chalkboard wall is a real crowd-pleaser.
An extensive coffee bar is available with a Keurig coffee machine to enjoy a cup of coffee at any time of day while relaxing on the front porch. Although breakfast isn’t provided, you’ll have access to a full kitchen – and the popular Miss Betty’s Diner is a short drive away.
22. The Bishop House
Built in 1857, The Bishop House is a two-bedroom farmhouse that has been established on the Kentucky Historical Register. The house has a maximum capacity of 6 guests, and the weekend rate is $129/night with weekly rates available when requested.
Everything about the place resembles that of its pre-Civil War life and the decorations only add to the old house charm.
Start your day with a cup of coffee on the house’s lovely front porch swing and enjoy the sounds of wildlife in the tranquil environment. The large kitchen is fully equipped, the dining room is spacious, and a laundry room is available to use at no additional charge.
23. Barren Breeze Bed & Breakfast
Nestled along the Narrows on Barren River, the Barren Breeze Bed & Breakfast provides lodging with a view – and its feeling of luxury is hard to ignore. Choose between five suites, each boasting its own set of amenities and personal touches to make guests feel right at home.
If you are traveling with a large group, the Barren Breeze has a five-bedroom, two-bath suite for as little as $290/night. Awake each morning to a delicious, home-cooked breakfast and engage in pleasant conversation with the owners, Amy and Greg.
The wrap-around porch welcomes guests to relax and take in the views of the 5+ acres of well-kept land that the home sits on.
With the national park just thirty minutes away and the Barren River State Park only minutes from its doorstep, there is plenty to keep you busy during your stay.
24. Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Located around the 10,000 acres that make up Barren River Lake, the Barren River Lake State Resort Park is more than just a place to rest your head.
The resort has 51 rooms in the main lodge, all of which have balconies overlooking the lake, and 22 two-bedroom cabins. There are also a few luxurious villas with wide screened porches, gas fireplaces, and a more spacious floor plan.
Go bass fishing on Barren River Lake, play some golf on one of the many courses, lay out your towel on Sunset Beach, and go for a hike along Peter’s Creek Trail – all without ever leaving the resort grounds.
Every cabin comes with a fully equipped kitchen, but there’s a pub and restaurant on site for guests who prefer to eat out after a busy day.
25. Harston Hideaways Cabin Rentals
The Harston family has made it their long-lasting duty to provide guests with outstanding hospitality and help people find their dream homes.
Although much of their business is focused on the development of new lakefront properties, three of their hideaway cabins have been dedicated to nightly rentals. The cabins are extremely spacious, with the perfect blend of rustic and modern charm and the ability to sleep up to 8 guests.
The fully stocked kitchen is ready for use, but many opt for the grill located outside on the massive back deck overlooking the water. One of three cabins even has a gazebo to admire the lake with a book in hand or freshly made cup of coffee.
26. Barren River Lake Rentals
Thirty minutes from Mammoth Cave National Park stands the two unique rentals that make up the Barren River Lake Rentals.
The Lakeside Cabin sleeps up to four guests in its two bedrooms, and the extensive glassed-in patio provides spectacular views of the lake at any time of day. There is also a second outside patio with a picnic table and grill to enjoy an evening of barbecuing while you listen to the peaceful sounds of nature.
The Treetop Loft is a great option for couples, as the max capacity is 2 people – and the treetop setting gives off a romantic feel. The loft has both a front and rear patio, and its location high above the trees makes for wonderful views of both the lake and the Kentucky landscape.
Boat and kayak rentals are available upon request, and the lake is just a few steps away from your front door.
27. Payne Farm Retreat
Located in Glasgow, Kentucky, Payne Farm Retreat is a humble lodging option hidden away from the busy park town and only a 40-minute drive to the heart of the national park.
The two-bedroom home can be rented per room or rented in its entirety to accommodate small families with up to six guests. The spacious farm home has an old, rustic vibe, and reservations can only be made over the phone.
The kitchen has everything you need to make a family dinner (besides the food), the dining table is large enough to seat all guests, and the living room has a fireplace to keep the home toasty on colder nights.
Walk across the grounds for a chance to see wildlife in action, with popular sightings including turkey and deer.
28. Holiday Inn Express Horse Cave
If you’re looking for something quick, efficient, and affordable, you can’t beat the deals at the Holiday Inn Express.
Ten minutes from the park boundary, the Holiday Inn is a great option for last-minute accommodations – and the large rooms cost as little as $100/night.
Bundle up in a cozy duvet for a good night’s rest and start your day off right with a complimentary breakfast. Early risers will be happy to know that the hotel offers grab-and-go breakfast options at no additional charge, for guests looking to eat on the run.
29. Sleep Inn & Suites
Another stellar choice for last-minute planning and cheap rates is Sleep Inn Suites in Cave City. You can score a room with a king sized bed with same-day accommodations for as little as $80/night, and Mammoth Cave National park is less than ten minutes away.
Enjoy free access to the fitness center, game room, indoor heated pool, and complimentary hot breakfast each morning.
30. Comfort Inn & Suites
Known across the country for its convenient lodging accommodations and affordable prices, the Comfort Inn & Suites might seem basic but it gets the job done.
Spacious suites with two queen size beds and a pull-out couch cost as little as $110/night, and the variety of amenities on-site cover all the bases.
Go for a swim in the heated indoor pool, clean your dirty clothes in the laundry room, and break a sweat in the exercise facility. Enjoy freshly made coffee and a complimentary hot breakfast before heading out to the park for a day of adventure.