The Only National Park With July Birthday

As we trudge through the “dog days” of summer, we should pause to celebrate some of our treasured lands. The United States has one national park with a birthday in July.

Mammoth Cave National Park – Established July 1, 1941

Nestled in south-central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave National Park turns 82 this year.

The park comprises deep river valleys and rolling hills above ground.

Meanwhile, the world’s longest-known cave system quietly hides below the surface.

Although a bit inland, many consider Mammoth Cave to be one of the best east coast national parks.

It was designated an International Dark Sky Park in 2021. Popular activities include cave tours, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and stargazing.

It harbors endangered species, including freshwater mussels, Kentucky cave shrimp, Indiana bats, gray bats, and northern long-eared bats.

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