Tour Information & Tickets
The nonprofit American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA) operates Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum as part of our educational initiative to support the protection of caves, karstlands, and groundwater resources.
Have you ever seen the sun set 150 feet underground?
Once you enter the massive cave mouth, you’ll pass through the drip line and over Thomas Platform. You will walk across the suspension bridge, through gaping passageways, and under high arching ceilings. The guided hour-long tour of Hidden River Cave ends at the climactic Sunset Dome, naturally highlighted in the beautiful orange and yellows of the sunset. Join us to hear how the cave is embedded in the history of the local city and the Kentucky Cave Country as well as see unique wildlife that live in the challenging underground environment.
Reservations are available but are not required for public, guided cave tours and include a tour of the American Cave Museum at no extra charge. The museum is open daily and tours are scheduled each hour.
Our off-trail cave adventure tours require at least 48-hour advance reservation. Sturdy boots and well-fitting, warm clothing are required. Knee pads are strongly advised. Helmets and headlamps are provided free of charge. We hope you don’t mind getting wet or dirty! Our off-trail adventures are not for the faint of heart.
|The American Cave Museum and the Hidden River Cave sinkhole are handicap accessible.|
|The cave tour travels down approximately 230 stairs to a landing. There are additional stairs to the bridge and up into Sunset Dome for a total of 325 steps (one way). We do take our time so that you can enjoy the tour and take breaks as needed on the way back up.|
|Both the museum and cave are also pet friendly!|
American Cave Museum Tour (self-guided)
Museum Entry (all ages) – FREE
Self-guided, usually takes less than 1 hour.
As you wander this unique museum and take a quick elevator ride to the cave’s observation deck, you’ll learn about the Karst geology, groundwater quality, the history of caving, archeological discoveries, cave wildlife, and cave formations.
Your admission also allows you to explore the nature area down to the cave entrance.Reservations are not necessary.
Guided Cave Tour
- Adult (ages 15+) – $25
- Child (ages 6-14) – $12
- Child (ages 5 and under) – FREE
- Active Military (must have a valid ID) – FREE
- Adult (ages 15+) With Active/Retired Military – $10
- Child With Active/Retired Military (ages 6-14) – $7
1 hour (can run 75 minutes based on group size)
Guided walking tour of Hidden River Cave on man-made walkways, stairs*, and the world’s longest in-cave swinging bridge
*Please be aware, the cave tour travels down approximately 230 stairs to a landing. There are additional stairs to the bridge and up into Sunset Dome for a total of 325 steps (one way). We do take our time so that you can enjoy the tour and take breaks as needed on the way back up. The cave tour is not handicapped accessible.
Reservations are not necessary.
Off-Trail Cave Adventure Tour
2-person minimum per tour (ages 10+)*
$53 per person for groups of 2-19
$43 per person for groups of 20 or more
3 – 4 Hours
A perfect introduction to wild off-trail caving! Be prepared to get muddy as you explore on your hands and knees. You’ll see our cave as few have seen it before. This is a guided tour and includes, walking, crawling and scrambling over rocks.
Know before you go:
- Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes are required
- Wear warm clothes, suitable for getting muddy
- Knee pads suggested for crawling over rocks
- Change of clothes suggested
*We may also be able to tailor this tour to fit your specific needs or to suit younger children. Please call us at (270) 786-1466 to discuss.
Download our Cave Adventure Tour Agreement
Educational, Group Tours & Special Events
Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum are proud to offer educational programs for students of all ages, scouts, summer camps and youth groups. Please visit our “Teacher Info.” page for program descriptions.
Tours can be tailored to meet your specific needs and can include topics such as karst geology, archaeology, fossils, water quality and cave life.
We are also happy to accommodate your group. Group visits include a guided cave tour into Hidden River Cave and admission to the museum. Group rates are extended to parties of 10 or more people. In order to qualify, all tickets must be purchased collectively. The group tour escort and driver receive complimentary admission.
Please call: (270) 786-1466 to schedule your group tour.
If you would like to have an event at the museum or cave, please call: (270) 786-1466 to discuss your needs.
Join the American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA)!
Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum are operated by the nonprofit American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA). Donations and membership dues help support our educational programs and operations at the American Cave Museum and also allow us to sponsor conservation efforts that directly protect and preserve caves and groundwater resources nationally.
Annual and monthly memberships are available for your convenience.
Clicking the join or donate buttons below will take you to our secure membership portal.
ACCA members are part of a special group working to preserve one of the most unusual environments on Earth. Your support truly makes a difference.
*Regular Membership ($25) Benefits Include:
- FREE admission to the American Cave Museum
- 20% discount on Hidden River Cave tours and Gift Shop items for Member & Guests
- Discounted rates for special exhibitions or events through our affiliation with the Southeastern Museums Conference - for more information, please visit: https://www.semcdirect.net/SERM-Participants
- Reciprocal admission to over 60 museums in the Southeast USA
- Subscription to our quarterly newsletter ACCA News
- voting privileges for election of ACCA Board of Directors
- Opportunities to participate in volunteer projects and educational workshops hosted by the ACCA
- More importantly, you will receive the opportunity to help conserve the fragile and irreplaceable natural caverns and karst areas located throughout America.
*Supporter Membership ($50)
All Regular Membership benefits plus FREE Hidden River Cave tour admission for 1 Member
*Sustainer Membership ($100)
All Regular Membership benefits plus FREE Hidden River Cave tour admission for 1 Member and 1 Guest
*Guarantor Membership ($250), Benefactor Membership ($500), Patron Membership ($1,000), Life Membership
All Regular Membership benefits plus FREE Hidden River Cave tour admission for 1 Member and up to 4 Guests
*Our reservation system does not currently provide a way to include member discounts for tour reservations. If you are a member, please call us at (270) 786-1466 to book your tour. Alternately, you can present your membership card when you arrive.
Please visit the American Cave Conservation Association website for additional donation options and gift membership information.
You can also mail a check or money order (U.S. Funds only) payable to:
American Cave Conservation Association • P.O. Box 409 • Horse Cave, KY 42749
Hidden River Cave & The American Cave Museum are operated by the American Cave Conservation Association,
A National 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Organization.