In August I will be visiting Mammoth Cave Park and am looking for reviews and suggestions on which tour or tours to take. The site lists over 10 different tours and prices and no description. Anyone who has been there before, can you give me your favorite and why? I will have only one day to spend in the park. Are tours even necessary... are there trails and caves to explore without taking the tours? I would prefer to spend the day hiking and going at our own pace and not with a group and tour guide.
If anyone has suggestions on local places to eat in the area that would also be great. We will be heading north on the 65 afterward so anything up that way would be good too.