Mammoth Cave National Park is planning an increase in the amount of fees visitors would pay for cave tours, camping, and picnic shelters.
Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead announced the proposed fee increases Friday afternoon. Under the plan, the cost of most cave tours would increase by $1-$2 dollars, with camping fees climbing to $5 from the current rate of $2.
The cost of reservable picnic shelters would jump $25.
Those interested in commenting on the proposed changes can do so until December 5.
Craighead says the proposed fee increases would result in an additional $350,000 a year that the park would reinvest in projects.
“Our highest priority right now is to complete the renovations of the Mammoth Cave Hotel. The fees are also used to pay for the cave guides who do the tours, and for a variety of operational costs, like cleaning the campground," the Barren County native said.
Eighty percent of the fees collected at Mammoth Cave are used to pay for facilities and services at the park, with the other 20 percent used support projects at national parks that don’t charge entrance fees.
Mammoth Cave National Park says efforts are underway this month to clean and document historic stone retaining walls at the Green River Ferry area of the park. Acting Superintendent Bruce Powell says rehabilitation plans for the ferry landings call for the rock walls to be removed before reconstruction starts and then rebuilt.