We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Lost River Cave and Valley

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 2818 Nashville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-4041
Phone Number:
+1 270-393-0077
Today
09:30 - 18:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 644 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 301
    Excellent
  • 251
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Cool sight

Overall, it's worth the stop. The cave ride is a little short, but very cool and interesting. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who's claustrophobic.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 April 2016
Tim R
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

644 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 638: English reviews
Level Contributor
42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Overall, it's worth the stop. The cave ride is a little short, but very cool and interesting. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who's claustrophobic.

Helpful?
Thank Tim R
Lititz, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took their evening kayak tour. Well organized and professional. The experience was very unique, not a long distance to paddle, but there was time to mill around and explore a bit. There is a low ceiling at the start. May be difficult for closterphobic individuals.

Helpful?
Thank traildancer123
Ladera Ranch, California
Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

We drove from Nashville to experience the caves. The tour guide Chad was great! He was extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic. We learned about the geology of the caves and the area, along with cave stories and legends. The boat ride into the caves was extremely interesting.

Helpful?
Thank chortheatre
Battle Creek, Michigan
Level Contributor
35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We decided to check out the boat tour. We were a little surprised when we had to duck down to go into the cave. It was pretty cool though once we were in there. Not huge, but fun to see!

Helpful?
Thank shellkerry
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed the boat tour and the nature trails were very nice. We saw quite a bit of wild life including cave crayfish, a bullfrog and fox pups. The guides were fantastic and the history was fascinating.

Helpful?
Thank Jason W
Level Contributor
235 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

I was really looking forward to this but unfortunately this was really a let down. The 25 minute walk and the 20 minute boat ride is a real stretch, you will see what I mean if you decide to go. The biggest let down is the fact the cave is so man made and really obvious. I was expecting a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Evelyn E
Level Contributor
47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

This was a fun cave to visit. The guide told a lot of tall tales that jazzed up the tour and gave some insight into the way the cave was marketed in the past. Short but fun boat ride into the cave.

Helpful?
Thank Helen H
Three Rivers, Michigan
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

It is run by a non-profit, so the cave tour was much less commercial and more like a mini version of Mammoth Cave NP. The nature trail were nice, too

Helpful?
Thank jatraveler2006
Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

As a local, this is our favorite place to visit when we want to have fun outdoors. The trails, the play area and classes are all entertaining for our nature-loving children.

Helpful?
Thank Holli G
Grand Blanc, Michigan
Level Contributor
134 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped as part of our vacation. Pretty cool place! Great, brief history of the system and then you head in. About 20-25 minutes was spent in the cave. A neat stop!

Helpful?
Thank mjclmc

Travellers who viewed Lost River Cave and Valley also viewed

 

Been to Lost River Cave and Valley? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lost River Cave and Valley and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
Clarksville, TN
5 months ago
Houston, Texas
7 months ago
Campbellsville, Kentucky
3 months ago
Blanchester, Ohio
6 months ago
Blanchester, Ohio
6 months ago

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Lost River Cave and Valley staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?