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The Lost Sea Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lost Sea is open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Lost Sea is America's Largest Underground Lake. All tours are guided tours and last for approximately one hour and twenty minutes. Reservations are not required. The adult rate is $19.95 and children 5-12 are $10.95 children 4 and under are free. We do offer a group rate for groups of 15 or more. We also offer a Wild Cave Adventure tour for groups of 12 or more. You may even spend the night on the Wild Cave Tour. The Lost Sea is also a Civil War Trail Marker. The oldest known date in the cave is a date of 1863. This date has been carbon tested and does prove to be an authentic date.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a must visit for anyone who likes caves, It is a true magic wonder. The walk is steep but there are stops along the way back up, it is a steady slow decline going down to the undergrown lake and a very cool glass bottom boat ride in the lake were they feed the bass fish who live there. The trip back up from the lake is a hike for the non-athletic person, or the one who is pushing a double stroller. My family love it and want to go again.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

From the brochure, especially the boat ride, it looks adventurous. Unfirtunately, it was not! The entrance was nice. It looks adventurous but getting inside was totally not exciting. First, you will have your picture taken, unfortunately, our picture didn't come out good. It's not blurred but it's not straight. We seemed to be slanting. It was dark and even the highlights the guide was showing couldn't be appreciated because it was nothing special to see!...it was a disaapointment esp the boat ride. I was expecting to see more meaningful shapes of the stalactites or whatever drippings from the rocks but there were nothing special. The boat ride was just showing you the fish and the guide was explanning something which sounded boring to hear. If the guide doesn't turn on his flashlight, You couldn't even see the fish. The hardest part was walking back. We never expected that we have gone that low. When we tried to go back, we have to exert effort walking and you will never know you're catching your breath. As I did catch my breath. It seems the path was flat but you feel you are climbing or walking up rhe hill. I was really not happy about what we saw. I was asking an employee... he said their attraction is more natural than other attractions. I agree, I told him. The railings are not safe and the wooden pathwalk, too. I think these things should be reconstructed because this is not safe esp you are walking in the dark area.

Thank Frances C
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We had Will as our guide. He had tons of corney jokes that made the cave even more fun.

Very dark so watch your step. Be prepared to walk upwards out of the cave at the end of the tour. But there are plenty of rest stops on the way up.

Enjoyed the whole thing.

Thank sirabe76
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My wife and I have both visited here before, but this was the first trip for our ten year old daughter. The upper portion of the cave is nothing extraordinary if you have any experience in caves that are open to the public. There are some odd shaped natural features that have been given cute names. It gets much more fascinating when you descend to the level of the underground lake. This is a 4 1/2 acre body of water with depths in places of 70 feet. Electric powered boats take you on a short excursion into the darkness and you'll see huge rainbow trout coming to greet you and hoping for food. (Except for the attendants who feed these fish there is no other source of food.) A few lights mounted on the walls of the cave give you a sense of the dimensions of the lake. It always reminds me of a movie set, maybe for a James Bond film. The lake was discovered in 1905, but other areas of the cave have been in use since ancient times using a natural entrance. Cherokee artifacts have been found here along with evidence of Confederate mining for saltpeter, an ingredient for gunpowder, during the civil war. There is moderate walking (in total about 3/4 mile) and a few steep sections of trail but the cave is easily accessible and visitors stand upright throughout and use wide, well worn paths. Our daughter loved her visit. If you go, please expect the standard cave guide stunt when the lights will be shut off to provide visitors with an experience of complete darkness. Its only for a few seconds but it is VERY dark. Our daughter also panned for gems next to the General Store across from the cave entrance. You can purchase a bag of dirt from the store and there is a running water sorting trough for washing out the gems with a sifter. You'll always find plenty of gems to take home. Gift shop at entrance and exit of cave. If you really like the experience you can come back for an overnight or a Wild Cave experience when you really do get down and dirty in narrow passages.

Thank SkipJAtlanta
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I first visited these caverns in the late 60's, and have since taken my children and grandchildren. The underground river and intersting cave formations make this one of the better caves we've been to. It is a pretty good climb back up on the way out.

Thank Sean M
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