Mammoth Cave National Park: Sal Hollow Loop

Traverse boulder fields and skirt eroded hollows on this 10.5-mile loop across the roof of the longest mapped cave system in the world.
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Traverse boulder fields and skirt eroded hollows on this 10.5-mile loop across the roof of the longest mapped cave system in the world.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.8

Waypoints

SHB001

Location: 37.205533, -86.139366

Pick up Sal Hallow Trail about 500 feet south of the parking area.

SHB002

Location: 37.196677, -86.140086

Bear right at Y-junction. Fenced-off Ganter Trail runs southwest from here to Ganter Cave, a wild cave now locked and off-limits to passersby.

SHB003

Location: 37.196903, -86.142675

Cross the first of many streams flowing down into Fishtrap Hollow; watch footing on slick rocks.

SHB004

Location: 37.200017, -86.144477

Water cascades into a hollow. Cool off in small pools nearby.

SHB005

Location: 37.189382, -86.155944

Straight at 4-way, crossing Turnhole Bend Trail.

SHB006

Location: 37.194594, -86.160008

Feeling adventurous? Try to boulder up one of these limestone crags.

SHB007

Location: 37.191574, -86.174103

Cross a spring-fed stream. Its underground tap is 50 feet north of the trail.

SHB008

Location: 37.191929, -86.181436

Cross creek at bottom of Sal Hollow.

SHB009

Location: 37.194563, -86.186588

Switchback out of the hollow. The trail weaves through a limestone boulder field, some of the rocks are so weather-worn they mimic smooth marble.

SHB010

Location: 37.193248, -86.18418

Pass Sal Hollow campsite perched on the rim (permit required).

SHB011

Location: 37.200767, -86.177879

Skirt cliff band, swinging north before bearing right onto a dirt road (Buffalo Trail).

SHB012

Location: 37.198389, -86.156304

Follow Buffalo Trail 1.2 miles northeast back to Waypoint 1.