Cave City

Cave City is a city located in Kentucky's Caves and Lakes region. It is the main gateway city for Mammoth Cave National Park and it's economy is largely based on tourism related to the national park.

Get in

By car

Cave City is located off of Exit 53 (KY 70/90) on I-65, about halfway between Louisville and Nashville. Cave City can also be accessed from Exit 14 off of the Cumberland Pkwy and heading west on KY 90.

By air

Get around

Cave City is a small community, so getting around should not be much of a problem.




Cave City is aptly named - there are numerous caves within the area, including the world-famous Mammoth Cave.


Family Fun

Golf Courses

Water Activities





Cave City is served by several fast food chains near KY 70’s junctions with KY 90 and I-65. They include Long John Silver’s (co-branded with A&W), KFC, Wendy’s, and McDonald’s. In addition to those, and the Subway and Sonic locations inside the Shell Travel Plaza, here is a list of local establishments.


Cave City became a "moist" (no alcohol to go) locale in 2005 and the Sahara Steakhouse (see above) became the first restaurant to serve alcohol under this law. In July 2014, Cave City voted itself fully "wet", allowing package sales. Adjoining Horse Cave, on the other side of the Barren–Hart County line, and nearby Glasgow are also "moist".


Most of these lodgings are located near I-65 at Exit 53 (KY 70, 90)


Bed & Breakfasts

Campgrounds & Cabin Rentals


By phone

Most telephone numbers in Cave City consist of +1 270 plus a seven-digit number, but the region is now served by an overlay complex of two area codes, with +1 364 being the second. A local or in-state telephone call now requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 270 before these if no area code is indicated.

Go next

Located 80 miles north of Cave City is Louisville, the home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Louisville also has the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Slugger Museum and 4th Street Live, a thriving entertainment complex downtown.

To the south of Cave City is Bowling Green, where Western Kentucky University hosts football and basketball games, along with performing arts. It also has Beech Bend Park, a small amusement park with a water park.

Further south is Nashville, America's Music City. Along with music related attractions, you'll find Opry Mills Mall, The Parthanon and Tennessee Titans football.

Several Kentucky state parks are within an hour's drive of Cave City. They include Nolin Lake SP (just north of Mammoth Cave), Rough River Dam SRP (northwest of Leitchfield), Barren River Lake SRP (southwest of Glasgow), Green River Lake SP (east of Cave City near Campbellsville), Lake Cumberland State Resort Park (south of Russell Springs) and Dale Hollow Lake SRP (along the Kentucky-Tennessee border).

Routes through Cave City

Louisville Elizabethtown  N  S  Jct E Bowling Green
Louisville Elizabethtown  N  S  Bowling Green Nashville
Brownsville Mammoth Cave  W  E  Jct W E Campbellsville
' END  W  E  Glasgow Jct E

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