The Caves of Kentucky

Diamond Caverns

Diamond Caverns. Photo: Woody Hibbard

Kentucky is a wonderful place to discover the beauty of underground caverns.  These caves are filled with rich history. World Footprints is dedicated to raising awareness of the beauty of such wonders.

Take, for example, the Diamond Caverns in Park City, Kentucky. They were discovered back in 1859. A slave owned by Jessie Coats saw calcite formations sparkling and lowered himself into the caves thinking he had discovered diamonds. Hence, the name of the cave. Then there are the amazing Kentucky caverns which were discovered over 200 years ago. Tours started in 1922. Kangaroos were brought into the country to provide an Australian flair to the above ground experience surrounding the caves.

Mammoth Cave.
Mammoth Cave.  Photo:  Davey Nin

Outlaw Cave has a unique history that lives up to its name. Having been a hideout for famous bandits such as Jesse James is its claim to fame. Then there is the popular Mammoth Cave. It's situated in a national park that also features a beautiful waterfall. While less than 400 miles of cave has been explored, this is by far the most extensive cave system known today. In fact, the next two largest cave systems presently discovered would comfortably fit in the aptly named Mammoth Cave.

So if you love exploring under the Earth's surface, Kentucky is the best place in the world to do it. World Footprints wants to remind you to travel responsibly and leave the natural beauty of the world for future generations to enjoy.

About the Author

World Footprints co-host Tonya Fitzpatrick with a lot of monkeys on her back.

Tonya Fitzpatrick is the co-founder of World Footprints Media.  A self-described “recovering attorney”, she found her purpose as a cultural connector.  Tonya shares a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian.   She has a deep love for animals and would be happy owning a zoo if she weren’t traveling. 


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