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Lost River Cave and Valley

2818 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101
+1 270-393-0077
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Geologic Formations, Tours, Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Lost River Cave & Valley is home to the only underground boat tour in the state of Kentucky. In addition to the boat tour, Lost River offers over two... more » Owner description: Lost River Cave & Valley is home to the only underground boat tour in the state of Kentucky. In addition to the boat tour, Lost River offers over two miles of nature trails and a unique butterfly habitat. Lost River Cave is one of the largest nature parks in the South Central Kentucky region. « less
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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Bowling Green and the surrounds is built over fascinating caves. This one is small, and you can take a boat ride through it. It's a very pleasant little side tour. I would recommend it for a short, pleasant adventure. If you like this one and want a bigger and longer experience, go north to Mammoth Cave National Park! We highly... More

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70 reviews 70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Lost River Cave and Valley is a very fun and exciting place! You can take a guided boat tour inside a cave. There is a rich history that your tour guide (who was fantastic) will tell you all about. Be sure to buy a bag of mining dirt to sift through and find some beautiful gem rocks and fossils. You... More

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Jordan B, Community Outreach Coordinator at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour (and had a fantastic tour guide!). We love to see people lunching at our picnic tables and strolling along our nature trails. It's great to hear you think there is something here for everyone, because we think so too! Please come back and see us! Thanks for your review! Jordan... More

Bowling Green
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Awesome cave system! fun if your not claustrophobic or out of shape. Some narrow passages and loooong stairways. Staff was very polite and well informed. would love to spend a few days going in all the caves.

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Jordan B, Community Outreach Coordinator at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

We think your review may have been meant for Mammoth Cave National Park. However, if you love caves you should plan a trip to visit us at Lost River Cave! We offer Kentucky's only underground boat tour! We would love to have you visit our cave as well. Thanks, Jordan Boggs Community Outreach More

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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144 reviews 144 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The history of of this cave is the best part. The actual cave is not long, the way it has been used, especially 50-150 years ago, is the story that makes it worth seeing. The tour guide fascinates the kids with stories of fossils, living creatures of caves, and the stories of PROMS, CONVENTIONS, & the JESSIE JAMES hangout. The... More

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Jordan B, Community Outreach Coordinator at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed the history of the cave! No matter how many times even we hear the history of the cave it is still incredibly interesting. Hard to believe there is so much history in one place. We are thrilled you stopped by to see us. Thanks, Jordan Boggs Community Outreach More

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

nice walking trails, lots of flowers, trees marked for identification, many blue holes, walking path, and a nice butterfly house in season. only fee is for the boat cave tour

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Jordan B, Community Outreach Coordinator at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! This is the perfect time of year to come and see all of the beautiful wildflowers as everything starts to turn green again. Come back and see us here in a few months when the butterfly habitat is open! We'd love to have you visit us again! Thanks for your feedback! Jordan Boggs Community Outreach More

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This was a fun attraction to visit. It is a short walk down to the cave and a short boat ride in the cave itself. The guide was very informative and told stories about hidden money and the floods along with the parties held here. They have a very nice walking path that leads to some small ponds, bird area... More

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Jordan B, Community Outreach Coordinator at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit! We love hearing from people about their experience with the cave, and we always encourage people to come enjoy our walking trails and gift shop. We love you to bring as many people through the cave as you can! Word of mouth is one of our best friends here in Cave Country! Thanks... More

Lakewood, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This hidden treasure is the best attraction in Bowling Green. A river flows to the surface and back underground. You can take a boat trip into the cave. The trip starts at the old Lost River nightclub site where weddings still take place on and underground dance floor. It's my favorite place to take out of town visitors. It's free... More

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Jordan B, Community Outreach Coordinator at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

We are so happy you consider Lost River Cave a hidden treasure! We love having visitors both from out of town and locally! Keep coming back to see us! We love having people enjoying our grounds, browsing out gift shop, and taking our boat tour! Thanks, Jordan Boggs Community Outreach Coordinator More

Nova Scotia, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The boat ride into the cave is daunting and informative! Loved it- the history and discussion of findings in the cave is fun and informative! Must do!

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Jordan B, Community Outreach Coordinator at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour! We always try and make sure that our customers walk away from each tour feeling well informed about the history and findings in the cave. We are thrilled that you were able to come by and see us. We would love to have you back again!... More

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The walking paths here are very nice, the foliage mostly native Kentuckian, the gift shop with interesting local items at good values.

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RhoLan, General Manager at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We love to hear from fellow Bowing Greenians! You are welcome to walk the trails year round. And did you know that all gift shop proceeds are used to support the Nature Center here? It's our goal to provide a delightful park for the community and all Gift Shop proceeds help to provide funding for... More

Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It's a fun - short - trip. Short walk from visitors center down to the cave entrance. Entering the cave you need to be able to bend - A LOT - to be able to clear the entrance. We were there at the beginning of Spring so maybe later in the year the water is lower. The boat ride is... More

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RhoLan, General Manager at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

We like to refer to the low spot at the entrance as the 'adventure' part of the tour, HA! And yes the water is lower in the summer season (less bending over...and more like ducking your head). The tour at Lost River Cave does offer a less than strenuous (only 12 stairs in all) opportunity to see a Kentucky Natural... More

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