The Caves of Kentucky
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.
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.
Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is a co-founder of World Footprints. A three-time TEDx presenter and international speaker, Tonya was appointed a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd Session). An almost “recovering attorney”, Tonya has found her purpose as a cultural connector. She loves spreading positive messages about the power of travel and the strength of the common humanity we share. Tonya holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and memberships in the National Speakers Association, Society of American Travel Journalists, Women in Film and Video, Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalist Association where she serves as a Board Member. Tonya enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their beloved cat, Irwin.