Incline Elevator Proposed for Hidden River Cave

Hidden River Cave

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Operators of Kentucky’s Hidden River Cave are hoping to replace the 182 steps into the mouth of the cave with an incline elevator by 2013.

The measure should help the cave better compete with other attractions in the area that don’t require such an effort, and it will allow overweight or senior visitors who might not currently be able to make the trek, an opportunity to visit the cave.

Our biggest challenge is that we have more steps than any other cave in the region, Dave Foster, Director of American Cave Museum

An incline elevator is essentially a passenger compartment that sits on an angled track and allows easy movement up and down a steep slope. It is expected to cost about $300,000 USD.

In addition to the proposed incline elevator, operators are also looking at expanding the tour to include some of the more spectacular parts of the cave.

Right now the tour only goes through a very small portion of the cave, Dave Foster, Director of American Cave Museum

In order to get to these areas, which includes a dome room, the tour route would have to triple in size to about 900 meters (3,000 feet).

Hidden River Cave receives about 10,000 visitors each year.

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