Hidden River Cave is located directly beneath the City of Horse Cave in south central Kentucky at 119 E Main St in Historic Horse Cave! Hidden River Cave / American Cave Museum is operated by the American Cave Conservation Association, and was once the source of drinking water and hydroelectricity for the City. The cave was commercialized from 1912 through 1943, groundwater pollution from domestic and industrial sewage was one of the factors which led to the cave's closing in 1943. For 50 years Hidden River Cave had been used as little more than an open sewer but in 1989 a new regional sewage treatment system developed by the Caveland Sanitation Authority corrected the problem.
The American Cave Conservation Association relocated their national headquarters to Horse Cave in 1987 with the goal of restoring Hidden River Cave and establishing a museum and educational center at the site. Today, thousands of visitors and school children tour Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum. The museum and the cave, which has been called "the greatest cave restoration success story in the United States" is now open year-round to visitors.
Outreach If you can't come to us, we'll come to you! Our education staff can present a variety of programs at your school, library or church. To schedule or inquire about program availability, please contact the ACCA at (270) 786-1466.
For students of all ages, scouts, summer camps, and youth groups. Contact us for base prices, which will include a 1-hour walking tour of Hidden River Cave, an American Cave Museum scavenger hunt, and a discussion about bats and the White Nose Syndrome (WNS). There is a 10-person minimum for all educational programs.