Green River Ferry Improvement Projects: September 8 Temporary Closure of Ferry Service and River Access
Edmonson Voice Report:
The Green River Ferry in Mammoth Cave National Park will close vehicle ferry operations on Tuesday, September 8th in order to complete the last steps of a vehicle ramp extension project. The ramp work will require a three month closure of all river access points at Green River Ferry and at Dennison Ferry which is located 7.6 miles upstream from Green River Ferry.
River users may still utilize the Green River through the park but are advised that the only river access point will be at Houchin Ferry. Access to the Green River outside of the park, upstream in Munfordville, KY and downstream in Brownsville, KY, will remain available for use.
As part of the construction project, the Green River Ferry Road will be closed from the north side of the Green River, beginning just south of Maple Springs Campground, to the south side of the river at the entrance of the Green River Ferry parking lot. Day use parking in the Green River Ferry parking is already temporarily restricted because of ongoing construction to install a canoe and kayak river access ramp and 200 ft. pedestrian bridge over the Echo River.
Hikers may access the first third of the Echo River Springs Trail at Green River Ferry with two accessible parking spaces remaining open for visitors with accessibility needs. Parking for all other trail users will only be allowed along the south side of Green River Ferry Road in areas where vehicles can safely pull off the roadway
The Green River Ferry serves as a river crossing location, river access for canoes and kayaks, boat ramp for fishing boats, and parking area for trail and river users. The ramp extension project will extend the current vehicle access ramps into the Green River by 30 feet which should allow the ferry boat to operate during periods of low water levels.
The ramp extension project is being coordinated by the park with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Lands Highway Division.
For more information on the Green River Ferry improvement projects and the Green River Ferry and road closure, please visit the park’s website www.nps.gov/maca or call the Green River Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166 for current ferry operating status.