Lost River Cave
Lost River Cave
4.5
Caverns & CavesGeologic Formations
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Lost River Cave is home to the only underground boat tour in the state of Kentucky and the only zipline in Bowling Green. In addition to the boat tour, Lost River Cave offers over two miles of nature trails, ziplines, and a unique, seasonal butterfly habitat. Lost River Cave is one of the largest nature parks in the South Central Kentucky region. Book your tickets online
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • PatriciaORodgers
    Hendersonville, Tennessee1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best Field Trip Ever!!!
    Anna and all who helped, Thank you for the many years of wonderful adventures at Lost River Cave!!! Every year the programs just get better. Our Mineral Sluice program was over the top! Thank you for always working with us to reschedule when the weather doesn't cooperate The troopers who work the Gift Shop are so patient and helpful when we have students who come without the correct money or who cannot make a decision. Thank you. You have always been so generous with teachers and shared a wonderful gift certificate. I have pottery and a beautiful agate, thanks to you, I will miss leading a group to Lost River Cave again as I have now retired. Again, thank you for the most wonderful experiences for our fourth grade students at Gene Brown Elementary School, Hendersonville, TN!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 26, 2023
  • KHC312
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Teambuilding Activity
    Our experience at Lost River Cave was terrific. The park was beautiful and had well-maintained trails and gorgeous scenery. The staff was helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. The attraction itself was exciting, pretty, and at the perfect temperature. The gift shop has very unique and reasonably priced items, especially if you love crystals & rocks!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • heidi2387
    Clarksville, Tennessee1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family activity
    We decided to check out this tour because we couldn’t get tickets to mammoth cave at that time and I’m so glad we came! Everyone working in the gift shop/tour was so friendly. Our guide was Brady. He had some good jokes and shared a lot of interesting facts throughout the tour. He clearly had a lot of knowledge about the cave. Our whole family (ages 5 through adult) enjoyed the tour. This was definitely a highlight of the trip!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2023
  • christopher_bulthuis
    Drummonds, Tennessee3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing!!
    My wife and I brought our boys (11 and 8) to Bowling Green to just get away. We did the cave tour and not only was the staff absolutely awesome, but the sites on this tour were amazing! Such an interesting piece of bowling green history. Highly recommend for anyone to see!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2023
  • carolcook06
    Lexington, Kentucky3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    friendly and knowledgable
    We came here for part of our 35 wedding anniversary. Everyone was extremely friendly and went out of their way to help. We arrived an hour early due to travel time and they switched us to the earlier time quite happily. The tour is cool and the guides are knowledgeable. I learned a lot. The gift shop had a wide variety of gifts and we picked up several for gifts for family.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • katiemccbg
    Bowling Green, Kentucky1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time with the whole family.
    We live in Bowling Green and love coming to Lost River Cave to explore as a family. This was the first time we did the boat tour. Emily was an excellent guide and we learned a lot. Our group ranged from ages 5 to 73 and there was something for everyone to enjoy.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • betsyem2023
    Sebring, Florida1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lost River Cave Boat Tour
    The boat tour was great and our guide, Caroline, was so knowledgeable. The only thing I wish could’ve been different was to allow both sides of the boat to view the dam at the end of the cave… Being at the back of the boat, I could only hear the roar of the water. Everything else was wonderful - and I still give 5 stars. Well worth the time and money.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 8, 2023
  • MemphisMike .
    Memphis, Tennessee49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic & Educational
    The Lost River Cave we thought, was an exceptional addition for activity while visiting Kentucky. For $22+ was also inexpensive. Our guide, "Caroline from NC" was also great. Enlightened us about the Cave and the surrounding area of Bowling Green, KY as well. Quite a Geological Wonder. I suggest wear some good shoes with soles as you will have to walk a bit to the cave.The Walk is not that bad, even coming back "up" the path.The whole tour takes about an hour. boat is good and sturdy as well...there was never any fear of "tipping" over. Also, you will want to walk the trails and see the Butterfly house while there.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • jameskennedy871
    Dunedin, Florida1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-See for All Ages and Ability Levels
    The tour was amazing. It was a short walk that included a beautiful look at the river and some fascinating historical stories. The boat ride was so much fun. Make sure you can bend over in a sitting position so you don't hit your head.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Tifftiff19
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour
    States there is a 20 walking tour before boat tour but that is the only part that did not happen. Other than that this was an awesome experience. The wedding that was set up was beautiful. The knowledge of the tour guide was great! The boat capacity was perfect as well!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
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ashleybsouthard
Fort Campbell, KY1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I’ll say the tour itself is amazing, the grounds are beautiful and well kept and the scenery is unmatched. The tour is much shorter than other cave explorations. The cave is dammed off so that boats can in fact maneuver through the system. However they could really grow this adventure by adding an “on foot” cave tour pass the boating area. When our tour first started we had a tour guide named Caroline. And wow I’ve never been so miserable listening to another human being talk. She was very disorganized, rude and unprofessional. There was a wedding going on the day we visited and she made a snarky remark on the mic to the people setting up the wedding. Just a lot of negativity from her. We arrived 30 minutes before our tour began as requested and they whole process was very disorganized. Our group headed down towards the cave and that’s where it got super annoying. The cave has an entrance and exit. Some of the previous tour were coming out the entrance tour and pushing through our group disrupting the whole tour. And right before we went to get on the boat a few last minute tour patrons were ushered down. Now I found this super disorganized and unprofessional because after 40 minutes of waiting and standing around we then waited an additional 25 minutes for those patrons to be caught up, and boat safety instructed. This is just bad business. There should be a cut off time of the exact amount available for a tour to increase the quality of experience. Because after ALL of that, we then had to be divided into group because the boats only seat about 12. Luckily the saving grace of our visit was another tour guide. Once we were split we were assigned a different tour guide named Linda? I believe. She was incredibly knowledgeable, had a great demeanor, made us laugh and overall changed it from a negative experience to a positive one for us. Again, it’s a very short boat tour and the wait time up to take off was not worth it to me. With more organization, better structure and more tour guides like Linda this could be a really great adventure. I don’t think we will be returning for the above mentioned negative reasons but if you’re bored and looking for something to kill time with, it’s a 3 star experience.
Written June 9, 2021
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Good afternoon, We thank you for your honest feedback and of course, we do apologize for your experience in our park. We always strive to provide fantastic tours and guest services. We always encourage our guests to arrive 30 minutes early so they have a chance to check in, use the facilities, grab a map for checking out the trails after the tour, and arrive to the meeting place on time, with our feeling rushed. Our historical wedding venue is always a little tricky when it comes to providing a great romantic experience and nature experience for all of our guests, and with your feedback we will continue to work with our staff to improve the tour for future guests. The possibility of a walking tour through the cave would eliminate the possibility for our guests who have mobility issues, which our dam and boats make this possible. We will keep working with our staff to ensure we are providing fantastic tours of the cave valley and cave itself, as promised on our website. Please feel free to reach out to me so we may discuss other ways to improve our experience, and how we can make this right. I am the Operations Manager and would love to speak with you, my email is chad@lostrivercave.org. We hope you and your group still would like to come back and enjoy not just our boat tours, but our trails, butterfly habitat, or our zip line! Thank you again for your feedback. And again we apologize for your experience. We hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Chad Singer Operations Manager
Written June 10, 2021
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Kimberlee A
Carpinteria, CA21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The cave is cool and our guide was trying to make it entertaining and educational. Unfortunately, this company chose to have 20 people on a max, 20 person boat. The cave makes it where you must lean together and while masks were encouraged. The guide did not remind persons who pulled their masks down during boat ride to recover. Ny siter and I were pretty shocked they would not reduce capacity on the boat to make a more enjoyable experience.
Written May 10, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback. We will continue to work with our staff and how we communicate with guests to ensure we are all being safe on our tours. If there is anything we can do to make this right, please feel free to reach out to me so we can discuss some options, my email is chadwick@lostrivercave.org. Thank you again for your input.
Written May 15, 2021
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Corey_in_Orlando
Orlando, FL171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The cave trip was a bit pricey for how quick it was and how little of the cave you see. But, the money goes for a good cause. We hiked all the trails around the cave down in the little ravine. It's free, its unique and its beautiful. The trails go through wildflower meadows, old trees and it seems you are miles away from a city yet you are right in the middle of it!
Written June 5, 2021
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RachelScott95
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
If I could leave ZERO stars I would. Drove 2 hours there after already purchasing my tickets online, I also got there 30 minutes early. So my boat tour was scheduled for 3pm, but I was told that I was in the second group, which didn't get to get on the boat until 3:30pm. So we stood around in the cave entrance for 30 minutes. Then finally it's time to get on the boat, as soon as we start walking down to get on, we are told to go back up to the entrance. Then we are told the tour has been CANCELLED. Don't you think they could have cancelled the tour a little bit earlier than that? Like it was already a rainy day, I had no warning of any cancellation. If it’s rainy outside they should just cancel the whole day instead of making people waste their time and money. Absolutely a waste of time. I don't recommend this place to anyone, just drive a little farther and go to Mammoth Cave.
Written June 9, 2021
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Good afternoon, We thank you for your honest feedback and of course, we do apologize for your experience in our park. We always strive to provide fantastic tours and guest services. Unfortunately, on occasion we must make unpopular decisions to cancel our tours to ensure the safety of our staff and our guests. Please feel free to reach out to me so we may discuss other ways to improve our experience, and how we can make this right. I am the Operations Manager and would love to speak with you, my email is chad@lostrivercave.org. We hope you and your group still would like to come back and enjoy not just our boat tours, but our trails, butterfly habitat, or our zip line! Thank you again for your feedback. And again we apologize for your experience. We hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Chad Singer Operations Manager
Written June 10, 2021
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awilliams162021
Pittsburgh, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We saw a sign for lost river on the highway, and decided to stop and check it out. Totally worth it! Not only is it more than worth the cost of the boat ride, but it is going towards a non profit to keep the area protected and beautiful. You can be in and out within 60-90 min; However, I highly recommend slowing down and taking in the sights. Equally as enjoyable for kids as it is adults of all ages.
Written October 21, 2021
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Shannon S
Magnolia, OH24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful time visiting the area. You could easily spend half a day here! We enjoyed the Lost River Cave tour. Our guide was very sweet and extremely knowledgeable. She made things humorous too for those that may have been nervous. The boat tour was great for a nice slowed down pace and rest. The tour itself was short and I was hoping for it to be longer but it was still a neat experience. We loved every minute of it. Nothing too crazy to see as the other caves but again, the history is what makes the tour great and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. The staff and guides did a wonderful job! We would go again just to support them.

I was nervous at first, especially when you have to duck down real low, but it made it fun. We took our parents as well as our 5 and 8 year old daughters. They loved it and wanted to do it again!

The entire area is beautiful! There are miles of trails that you could explore and when you check in, they give you a map that has everything on it. From a butterfly house, trails, points of interest, and where to find the other blue holes. I thought there could have been better markings on in the trail but it didn’t deter us.

The gift shop was wonderful too. They have a beautiful children’s explore garden/playground as well as zip lines. We had other reservations for another activity so we did not get to explore everything due to time. We left saying that we have to come back to explore more. I highly recommend supporting Lost River Cave for a nice slowed down pace and a restful tour. You won’t be disappointed!
Written June 27, 2021
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Debbie S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Caleb was a great guide through the cave. Zipline was great, we all felt safe. I highly recommend doing both....plus you get $5 bucks off if you do. I definitely recommend the Squirrel zip for 8+ 70 pounds+.
Written August 11, 2021
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NGP317
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We really enjoyed the cave tour and learning about the cave’s history and surrounding area. We especially liked being in a boat for the tour and also seeing the blue hole. The guide and guests were all wearing masks and we walked and sat far apart so they did a great job with social distancing. We have two kids (6 and 9) and we all loved it.
Written June 17, 2020
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Metry-Momma
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Went with our 2 boys, ages 7 & 9 and they loved it! Nice area where cave is located. It could be spruced u[ a bit more to make the short hike more interesting, but the cave was cool and it was a fun day excursion, from Nashville, for us. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone was wore a mask and because it mostly outdoors, we felt comfortable doing this.
Written November 16, 2020
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Thomas R
Bowling Green, KY3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
The staff were great and helpful. The tour guide was funny, engaging and good with kids. Ya have a KY summer problem that could be addressed in fun ways. During the summer months when it's god awful hot I think the boat tour should be longer. I know it's a very physically short trip to make but by the time everyone is cooled off, in a good (chill) mood and enjoying the cave temperature.... it's time to get back out into the heat and humidity. Maybe add some type of activity to do with more than one boat at the dam or even add a projector and screen at the dam and allow the tour guides to shut the lights off and watch a little 5 or 10 minute history lesson..... Just something to keep everyone out of the heat longer. I know it would reduce the amount of tours that could be made during the day but if it's a success..... charge a bit more during the summer months. When the outside temps are so awful no one wants to hike around the trails it would be a revenue booster. My kids and their Nana didn't even want to stay and do the gemstone sifting we paid for because it was so humid and gross. I think a vending machine with only canned water (at a REASONABLE price) that would be direct (and easy) money for y'all should be hidden in the old mill building at the entrance and in the butterfly habitat. Maybe y'all could get Liquid Death to sponsor/donate a ton of canned water and then also get extra money from aluminum recycling.
Written July 29, 2021
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