Please Note: All tours include a box lunch and/or snacks, transportation, and applicable entry fees. We recommend sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. Tours that are undersubscribed may be canceled. Go/no-go decisions will be made on September 18. If you purchase a ticket for a tour that is canceled, you will be contacted to choose another tour or receive a refund.
Join us for a sampling of regional forest products manufacturing and history. Starting at Brown-Forman, the only distillery that crafts its own barrels, learn why the barrel and the wood are important ingredients in the flavor characteristics of aged spirits. We will then travel to Robinson Lumber Company. Centered in the best White Oak region in North America, this state-of-the-art concentration yard coordinates computer controlled modern kilns, perfect stacking, planing, and ripping. After lunch we will visit Koetter Woodworking, a leading manufacturer of quality architectural millwork, then wrap up the day at the iconic Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. (Closed-toe footwear must be worn.)
Join us for a fascinating look both above and below ground in the park that preserves the world’s longest known cave system and part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. Hike the Cedar Sink Trail (1.8 miles, easy to moderate) to explore and learn about the karst geology that dominates this area, and its unique influence on the hydrology and thus forest composition. After lunch enter the cave through the Historic Entrance for a guided tour. Large passages invite you to imagine what it would have been like for prehistoric discoverers who walked these passages more than 4,000 years ago. Descend into the lower levels of the cave to cross over Bottomless Pit and squeeze through Fat Man's Misery. Climb 155 stairs up Mammoth Dome and exit back through the Historic Entrance.
Safety - The cave tour is rated moderate for difficulty, takes about 2 hours, and covers 2 miles and includes 540 steps and a steep outdoor hillside trail to and from the cave’s Historic Entrance. Walking sticks are not permitted in the cave. If you have a fear of heights or suffer from claustrophobia, this tour is not recommended. Participants with known heart or respiratory conditions, poor circulation, difficulty walking long distances, negotiating stairs, or walking in a crouched positioned should carefully consider their limitations. Evacuation from the cave to a hospital for medical attention could take several hours. Please go the Mammoth Cave National Park website for complete information.