Listen to the Cellphone Audio for Stop #18
spoken by Dave Foster

Hidden River Cave is a relatively young cave because it features an underground river which is still dissolving away its passages. The ten mile long labyrinth is located directly beneath the streets of Horse Cave. The enormous opening into the subterranean world has attracted visitors for centuries, from native American explorers to the European settlers who located their homes and businesses around the cavern entrance.

When naturalist John Muir visited the cave, he described it as “the birthplace of springs and fountains and the dark treasuries of the mineral kingdom”. The caves underground river drains nearly a hundred square miles of Kentucky farmland. The depth of the river ranges from a few inches during the dry season to as much as 75 feet deep during flood season. Since Hidden river Cave acts as a natural storm drain … most of the town of Horse Cave is safe from flooding no matter how much it rains. Parts of the cave remain unexplored to this day. Modern cave explorers are still uncovering Hidden River Cave’s secrets.


Next Stop: Stop #19
– Home To Bats


Stop #18 – Hidden River Cave

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Oral Histories about the
“Hidden River Cave”

Dave Foster,
Director,
American Cave Museum

“How Caves Form”
“The River in the Cave”


Sandra T. Wilson, Executive Director, Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism Commission

“Cave Life is as Precious as a Diamond”


Peggy Nims

“Cave Zones”
“Theories of Cave Formation”
“Floods, the Good News and the Bad News”
“How Domes are Formed”
“Karst Geology”
“Life Cycle of a Cave”
“Sinkholes and Springs”
“It’s a Happening Place”
“There’s A Lot of Cave to be Explored”
“This is a Very Young Cave”


Dr. Richard Kessler,
Professor of Biology at Campbellsville Univ.

“Where Did the Streams Go?”