Lost River Cave

Bowling Green, KY

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Address: 2818 Nashville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA How do we get there? Number: 270 393-0077
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About this activity

Did you know that Lost River Cave is Kentucky's ONLY underground boat tour? That's pretty impressive! What's even more impressive is that this family day out adventure is so much more than an incredible tour of a natural wonder! 

Lost River Cave also has a seasonal butterfly habitat, nature trails, treasure mining and a kids cave crawl - sounds amazing!

First - that underground boat tour! This tour starts with a fun stroll through the valley as the guide tells you all about the blue hole, and those mysterious disappearing Civil War soldiers - strange!

Then, you board at the cave entrance (don't forget to duck your head!) and then you head into an enormous cathedral-like cavern. Spend some time looking around and see how wonderful nature really is!

You can also kayak the cave, which is a unique experience for the family, and kids can enjoy the Discovery Cave Crawl, great for birthday parties!

Also at Lost River Cave, those nature trails are great to stretch those legs, as there are nearly 2 miles of easy walking trails to enjoy. You can enjoy blue holes, a natural spring and even limestone bluffs. Try and spot the remains of a stone building that once stored dynamite!

The natural spring is a 1/2 mile walk from the visitor's center, and it's the perfect place to dip in your toes on those hot summer days.

Those budding geologists in the family can pan for a gemstone or fossil treasures too! They might find Amber, Quartz, Amethyst or Pyrite. Kids will even receive a key card so they can identify their new found treasures!

Adventures all round in this Kentucky GEM of an attraction!

Activity location


Lost River Cave is located by the intersection of U.S. 31-W (Nashville Road) and Dishman Ln. in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Take Interstate #65 Exit 20B - follow signs.

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How much does it cost?



$16.95 Cave Boat Tour



11.95 Cave Boat Tour (Ages 4 to 11). $4.95 under 3 years


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Lost River Cave FAQ’s

We are a non-profit organization so everything you spend goes straight back into the caves to allow families just like you the chance to enjoy them!

There is a picnic area near the gift shop so why not bring your own lunch and enjoy it out under the sun!

Borrow a pair of binoculars from WildflowerGifts to check out the birds on the Wetland Loop, the Greenway and Blue Hole trails. Keep an eye out for their famous white squirrel, Flake!

At Wildflower Gifts you’ll find nature-inspired, modern
vintage and shabby chic gifts; there are lots of fun souvenirs, too. All gift shop proceeds support our Nature Center activities.

They offer classroom style learning and hands-on expierences meeting KY Core Content Standards and TN Grade Level Expectations. They offer field trip programs, cave tours, nature trail hikes, treasure mining, the gift shop and lunch at the picnic area.

Both the gift shop and treasure mining are great options for individuals who choose to stay topside. Give them a call to discuss specific needs you may have

Kids are naturally curious and the crawl tour teaches ages 6-12 all about cave conservation, natural science, history and caving safety basics while exploring off-trail passages of the cave.

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