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Lost River Cave and Valley

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Address: 2818 Nashville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-4041
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+1 270-393-0077
09:30 - 18:00
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Lost River Cave & Valley is home to the only underground boat tour in...

Lost River Cave & Valley is home to the only underground boat tour in the state of Kentucky. In addition to the boat tour, Lost River offers over two miles of nature trails and a unique butterfly habitat. Lost River Cave is one of the largest nature parks in the South Central Kentucky region.

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Very Short Boat Ride

My wife and I enjoyed the trails and the many plant species along the trails. The boat ride was short but, it was informative and fun. Nice and cool on a hot day. The staff were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rodney T
Clarksville, Tennessee
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I enjoyed the trails and the many plant species along the trails. The boat ride was short but, it was informative and fun. Nice and cool on a hot day. The staff were very friendly everywhere including the gift shop. They told a story of how Frank and Jesse James hid out in the cave back in... More 

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Vienna, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful cave and walking towards the cave you will see many species of plants. The ride in the boats through the cave was a little disappointing. It only lasted about 10 minutes. The history of the cave was fascinating.

Thank Jani J
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at the entrance and gift shop and were promptly greeted by an amazing and friendly staff. We purchased our tickets and were on our way. We also had a coupon from the travel brochure. The walk to the start of the tour was beautiful. The tree top bridge we had to cross was awesome. Hold on to the... More 

Thank Jennifer P
El Paso, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The trails at the Lost River Cave are great on a sunny day. If you are a photographer you can get some terrific photos of the trails, the trees, and the overhanging cliffs. The boat ride through the cave is interesting if you like dark, dank smelly short rides with guides who are part historian part comedians. I mean this... More 

Thank Cabdg
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walking trails and hikes for us locals. Nice way to get out and spend an afternoon. They do allow you to bring your pets on the walking trails too. A stroller can be used on the paved trail.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here as part of an event associated with a work trip/convention. Our event featured live music (which sounded pretty good for being in a cave) and a catered meal/bar, both of which were good. The event area was clean and well decorated, staff was friendly, and we took the underground boat tour, which was fun and interesting. Worth... More 

Thank LouieBiz-com
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lost River Cave is a quick tour of the grounds and cave with interesting history. Tour guide Roma did an amazing job keeping interest and telling stories. The boat tour was interesting. You can also kayak.

Thank Spencer S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was a little afraid of taking a boat in the cave but it was perfectly safe and fun. The tour guide was very experienced and wonderful at his job. Knew where the rocks were underwater from memory, never hit one once! Only complaint is that you don't get to go very far into the cave, but you still learn a... More 

Thank Teri J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a fan of caves but I thought I would give this a try. It was right in the city and easy to find. The staff and our guide was very knowledgeable and the tour in the river boat was very interesting. I did not feel cramped or closed in as I have in other caves. I would... More 

Thank Dyna52
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome experience, one of a kind. Right in the middle of town!!! Guid d Kayak Tour with Headlamps and a up close and personal tour of a historic cave!

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