American Cave Museum and Hidden River Cave is located alongside Main Street in downtown Horse Cave, Kentucky. The town, which formed around the cave in the mid 1800's, once sustained a thriving tourist trade. Visitors arrived by the train load to see the natural wonder, once billed as the "World's Largest Cave Entrance".
By the 1940's, pollution had cut off not only the drinking water, provided by the subterranean river which rushes through Hidden River Cave, but also the streams of tourists the cave attracted. The cave's restoration in 1993 was one of the most remarkable environmental success stories in America and a breath of fresh air for Horse Cave..
Today, 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.
There is a fee for admission to the museum and the cave. Open daily year around: 9am - 5pm (Central Time). You do not need to pay admission to do this cache.
The cache is a large ammo box.
It is quite a sight to see this large sinkhole in the middle of town.
If you have time, take a walk around town. It is great to see an old down town that still has all the shops the way things use to be in other towns before they moved out to the strip malls.
While in the area you may want to check out the Wigwam Village cache that is just south of here on US31W.
For more info go to:
American Cave Museum and Hidden River Cave Website
This cache placed and maintained by a member of Geocky, InKy and the Heartland Geocachers