Quick note. I was corrected on a couple of items by a commenter, which I greatly appreciate! Together we all learn something. So on with the show.
This was hidden on the back roads of Kentucky. Luckily a small sign showed that it even existed. The Hidden River Cave is located behind the American Cave Museum and the fence located to its right. I did not see it from the streets, but I am told you can see it from main street. Hidden River Cave is now part of the American Cave Conservation Association. Did you know there are miles and miles of caves and tunnels all over Kentucky?
Standing in the mouth of the cave I took this shot, showing you just how hidden it really is. The tour starts inside the small museum and goes for about an hour and a half. Inside the museum it talks about the town and the history of the cave, and of course, I took zero images inside. Whoopsy!
Turning around and gazing into the opening you see the cables to the right of the caves mouth. That is for the more adventurous tourist that wants to rapel from the street to the opening. In total approximately 75 feet.
Right about here the environment becomes much cooler. A condensation mist seeps from the caves belly, soaking all the wood railings and stairwell. I highly recommend leaving any white apparel in your car, and bring a cloth to wipe off your lens from the moisture. It’s not bad, but enough to irritate the photographer in you.
You walk on a catwalk that hovers over the hidden river. It’s called hidden river because you can see it start where it comes out of a wall, then it disappears into another wall. I’d really hate to fall in that water. I’m not sure how deep it gets, but it’s cold and dark. Just sayin’ people.
Finally you end up on a platform at the end of the road. It’s in an area known as the dome. It overlooks the continuation of the tunnel. You can’t get a feel of the scale but you could park a dozen dump trucks side by side in that opening. Yeah, that’s it, your gears are turning aren’t they?
The cave became a pit for sewage and waste, resulting in its closure in 1943. Thanks to efforts it reopened in 1989. Now it is known as the greatest cave restoration project in the United States. For a cost of only $15 it’s worth a stop, and because it’s in the south it’s open all year round.
As usual I was the pokey little puppy taking shots once people walked out of the shots. Our guide told us of bugs and critters in the cave. I thought we were skunked on that one until the guide came back to get me. He did one last shine in the river and voila, a ghost crawdad.