Sloan's Pond @ Mammoth Cave Park
This is a loop trail around Sloan's Pond.
It's a great way to view a pond ecosystem with many
trees, water plants, fungi, and a variety of animals.
The entire trail is a man-made walkway, designed so that
everyone can enjoy the habitat.
|Entrance to Sloan's Pond.|
|Click this photo to enlarge it and see the map.|
|To the first Observation Deck.|
|View from Deck.|
|Travel around the pond in a counter-clockwise direction.|
|View from the walkway toward the pond.|
|You can see the 2nd Observation Deck ahead.|
|Second Observation Deck.|
|Click this photo to enlarge it and see the dragonfly close up.|
|View from the second Observation Deck.|
|Ferns and Clubmosses. Both are vascular and seedless.|
|A large frog seen from the trail.|
|Take a break and enjoy the sights and sounds of the pond.|
|Coral Fungus growing on a fallen tree.|
|Wild Rose bush.|
|Another bench to relax and listen.|
|After about 45 minutes you will arrive back at the entrance.|
This is a relaxing, easy hike that I think everyone would enjoy.
From here you can either go back and follow the signs to the Visitors' Center, or
you can continue forward toward I-65; just follow the signs and you will
reach the interstate.