Lost River Cave

Lost River Cave, Bowling Green: Hours, Address, Lost River Cave Reviews: 4.5/5

Lost River Cave
4.5
Caverns & Caves • Geologic Formations
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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
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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
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2-3 hours
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ATraveler5517
Vine Grove, KY1 contribution
Family
We went on both Tours they offer after Mammoth Cave was sold out. We waited less than 20 min from the time we paid to start each tour.

Both visits we had different tour guides for the upper and lower levels. Would recommend to others in the area - My boys 9 and 13 had no issues - While on the lower tour there were also younger kids that also did well.
Written June 1, 2022
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cara
11 contributions
Family
My 5 and 7yo zip lined here (lightning bug course) and had a wonderful experience. There are three different lines and we repeated these three for the scheduled time. This was fine with me, as my kids were new to this adventure, but it may not suit more experienced zippers. They were not super high off the ground, and a couple of the taller kids sort of walked in to the end. May not be as fun for the older kids. The boat tour was very neat; the kids loved that they even had to lean forward to get into the cave! We also bought a bag of gemstones to mine, and they were quite excited about all they discovered!! This was a super fun day. I wish we’d had more time to explore the trails and butterfly garden. I definitely recommend buying tickets ahead of time and getting there a bit early to check in for tours, as the gift shop got pretty congested.
Written July 1, 2021
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katpavlish
New Smyrna Beach, FL1 contribution
Family
The tour guide we had at 5 pm on June 21, 2022, was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. We thought she must be a geologist, but she's a creative writing Masters student. Kudos to you for hiring such a knowledgeable and professional tour guide! She really added to our experience. The only negative for this tour is that you're only actually in the cave for about a half hour, but it was still a unique and interesting experience, and I'd recommend it. We really enjoyed it, and I'm glad this non profit has taken this cave over to help preserve it for, hopefully, generations to come and enjoy.
Written June 23, 2022
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Pinkukfan
Franklin, TN39 contributions
Tours run every 30 minutes but go ahead and book online to be sure you get the time you want. Our group visited on a Friday but everything was booked up for several hours when we showed up that morning. Do yourselves a favor and book the tours ahead of time. We walked the trails to the butterfly house and were disappointed. Very little to see for a trek through the woods. The tour itself was interesting and entertaining but the cave is not very big so the boat tour is not very long at all. Worth doing if it's convenient for your day, but not worth the two trips it took us to get there.
Written July 10, 2022
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dev0n1018
Lenexa, KS1 contribution
Family
The property surrounding the lost river cave is beautiful and there are trails you can take to explore at your own pace. The guide we had on the approach to the cave was energetic and had a ton of great information. Right before we entered the cave they split our group into two groups and the other guide we were assigned did not compare to the first guide. The boat tour is very short and the tours are so close to each other within the cave that it made it incredibly difficult to hear what our own guide was saying as you could constantly hear the other boat guides within the cave. The entire bit tour is estimated to be less than 10 minutes long. Most of the tour is spent listening to a guide outside of the cave. In my opinion the company is charging too much for a short 10 minute boat ride.
Written July 4, 2022
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Ronda C
Apache Junction, AZ14 contributions
My best friend and I are traveling and hiking across the country and found the Lost River Cave. Hiking in a golf cart? What could go wrong? As avid hikers, we decided that this would be a fun adventure. We were not disappointed.

The nature hike takes you up and down winding roads where you get plenty of opportunity to pull over, look at nature, take some spectacular photos, and if you love to bird watch, you get lots of pictures of birds as well. A little more than halfway through the “hike” The road turned you into hidden cave. This is a not to be missed. You have to remember to open up the roof of your golf cart though, to give you the spectacular views of the dome inside the cave. Don’t forget to stop at the Bat Bar. Between the waterfalls and the scenery, it’s beautiful.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering why I only gave this a rating of four. The property charges you $10 when you come in to do any of the activities. That was not explained on the purchase of our tickets, nor on the website that explains the Lost River Cave experience. In my humble opinion, when you pay for an activity on a property, the cost of the activity should be included in the cost of the parking.

This is a fun “hike”.
Written June 21, 2022
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ashleybsouthard
Fort Campbell, KY1 contribution
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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awilliams162021
Pittsburgh, PA1 contribution
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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Daydream22567309483
United States1 contribution
Our young tour guide basically ran down the hill into the canyon with all of the young peaople keeping up but left us and a couple of other people far behind. by the time we made it to his first stop his presentation was done and were moving on. He could have been more considerate to the slower people!
Written April 11, 2022
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Kimberlee A
Carpinteria, CA16 contributions
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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  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM