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Lost River Cave

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Great place for a short, easy hike or walk. Great for walking your dog. Family friendly. Can visit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Fun local attraction

This is a nice local state park. There is a good hiking trail, but not very long. The river tour is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Lost River Cave is home to the only underground boat tour in the state of Kentucky and the only zipline inBowling Green. In addition to the boat tour, Lost River Cave offers over two miles of nature trails and a unique, seasonal butterfly habitat...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
2818 Nashville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-4041
+1 270-393-0077
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place for a short, easy hike or walk. Great for walking your dog. Family friendly. Can visit any time of year

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jlee467
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a nice local state park. There is a good hiking trail, but not very long. The river tour is fun, at least once. I've been told it used top be a little cooler with a waterfall in the cave. This is no longer...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Justapup
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved learning about this cavern. It was a little expensive for the length of the tour. Most of the actual tour is the guide talking, but the tour through the cavern itself if pretry short. But beautiful either way.

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kristina R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful natural wonder guided by very knowledgable and fun tour guides. My daughter and I’d like come in warmer months when all parts of the attraction are open (I.e zip line & butterfly garden, etc...) We were surprised to learn that this is s self...More

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Camper25957917992
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So it’s a neat lil spot .... but the prices are pretty high for what you get... there is a short boat ride thru the cave... and that’s the highlight! I would say do it once for the experience but it’s not a repeat spot......More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was very interesting and the tour guide (whose name I forgot :-( It was Friday morning at 10) was very knowledgeable and personable.

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Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

priced high for what you get.. beautiful scenery lots of info not what is pictured in the web site..

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank heidi p
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love the place definitely recommend this place. Megan is really easy to talk to and very helpful. She makes sure your question are answered

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Freedom46983533689
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to take the kiddos! Free walking trails or if you want to spend a little money you can sift for gem stones, do the new zip line or even tour a cave by boat! At Christmas time they normally have Santa and one...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank BoardingPass811993
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to visit. The boat tour is awesome. The hiking trails are nicely laid out and easy to follow.

Date of experience: November 2018
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October 1, 2018|
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Response from IndyAbefan | Reviewed this property |
You should have plenty of time. I would do the cave tour first. It was about an hour and there is a small walk from one event to another. Have fun
July 29, 2018|
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Response from Sherry C | Reviewed this property |
Lost River Cave tour was actually closed when we were there in Aoril, due to flooding. We hiked trails in the Park, but could not go on the boat tour. All of the regular cave tours were booked at Mammoth Cave, so as others... More
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June 25, 2018|
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Response from ritawood | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was up to 250 lbs.
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My New England Trip - Comments or Suggestions? (6 Replies)
As a follow up to some of the great advice I have seen on this forum, I think I've got a working itinerary for my family New England trip that looks like this: Saturday - drive from Boston to Lincoln, enjoy the Lost River Cave/Gorge; visit Bath (the Brick Store); make way to hotel in Franconia Sunday - Franconia Park (Flume Gorge) and the Cog Railway up Mt. Washington; drive to hotel in Augusta. Monday - Augusta to Bar Harbor in morning - all day in Bar Harbor (Loop drive, Mt....More
June 09, 2014|
Response fromBooKat|
That sounds like an OK plan. My only thought is that it is a lot of driving in a week, but if you are OK with that, that's fine. You don't say what time of year you're visiting, but if it is summer, be aware that the highways up to New Hampshire on Saturdays can have heavy traffic as people go away for the weekend. Also consider Portsmouth, NH for your overnight stop before Boston. It is about an hour away from Boston with no traffic.
Linda S
Mammoth Caves or Lost River Cave & Valley Tour? (9 Replies)
Hi we will be staying in Nashville for 4 nights april 15-19th We will have a car We have decided to drive to Bowling Green one day (just over an hour) for the Corvette Museum, hubby is a big chev car fan and collector I asked what else to do was directed to Mammoth Caves which looks really interesting However Ive also stumbled upon Lost River Cave & Valley on this site, which has good reviews, but nobody referred me to it in my original post for suggestions? Can you locals please...More
March 23, 2013|
Response fromslrtravelplanner|
Mammoth is unique in that it has the longest miles of discovered passages of any cave in the world. For that reason alone, I'd choose it over the others. I have said that before, and others have not agreed. I am not familiar with Lost River, but we did Diamond Caverns, which is a privately owned "show cave" very close to Mammoth. Diamond is known for its much more elaborate formations; however, Mammoth is known for its expansive size. Its passageways are enormous, but you won't find large...More
North Georgia
24 Hours in Bowling Green - Ups & Downs (0 Replies)
We arrived on our way to Louisville for one night. After checking in early (Thanks La Quinta & staff for a great stay) we headed out to see Mammoth Cave. As we get in the car, the passenger side window drops & won't roll up. It is 100 degrees and we are on a road trip. We head to Gary Force Honda desperate to secure our vehicle. They were useless. The service guy had nothing but "I can't" and shoulder shrugs. "It will be hours till someone can look at it." Customer NO service....More
July 23, 2012|