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

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

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

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

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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33 reviews 33 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

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a wonderful time here, the nature trail to the spring includes blue holes and butterfly habitat let me explore the beauty of the place and fauna of the place. The cherry on the cake was the boat tor which was an unforgettable experience, I wonder if that tour could be of lill bit of more duration.

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

Thank you for sharing details about the nature trails and blue holes. The actual contours of the cave have dictated where the tour can go. But, I think you will agree there's nothing quite like the experience you have riding on a boat beneath the earth. Hope to see you again soon! Rho Lansden, Executive Director More

Quartz Hill, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We decided to take a drive from Nashville and were very pleased by the drive, the views and the ease to get to this attraction. Our tour guide was amazing, he was patient, answered all our questions, and the ride though short was amazing, I'm a tad bit claustrophobic, but the ride was worth it. WE saw some amazing natural... More

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

So glad that you ventured out from Nashville to explore Kentucky's famous Cave Country. We agree that a boat tour in a cave is an amazing way to see nature's handiwork. Thank you for the kind words! Rho Lansden, Executive Director More

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The cave is not very large so that makes it an easy and pleasant excursion. Lost River flows into the cave and you can ride a pontoon boat into the cave on the river. No climbing and hiking necessary except for going down into the valley where the cave is. The valley has a good stairway going down into it... More

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

Thank you for taking time to tell others about your visit to Lost River Cave. We agree that the boat tour makes it easy to have a neat cave experience without a lot of stairs and hiking. Hope to see you in Cave Country again! Rho Lansden, Executive Director More

Sellersburg, Indiana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Had a Groupon for Lost River so we came for a visit. Trails above the cave were easy to walk. Only wish the butterfly exhibit were open but it was too early in the year. Never been on a boat in a cave before, but it was very different. Especially when a low ceiling causes you to bang your head... More

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lostrivercavevalley, Public Relations Manager at Lost River Cave and Valley, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share your visit to Lost River Cave. We called the low area of the Cave the 'adventure portion' of the tour. Hope to see you back in Kentucky's Cave Country this spring, the Butterfly Habitat is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Jordan More

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