Lost River Cave

(270) 393-0077
2818 Nashville Road | Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Open seven days a week. Boat tours available 10am-4pm; Gift Shop is open 9am-6pm; Zipline weekends only through Labor Day 2021 with more dates TBD.

Kentucky’s only Underground Cave Boat Tour awaits you at Lost River Cave. Come explore and discover this Kentucky natural wonder! Health and safety protocols are in place to keep staff and guests protected, including masks required in all indoor or close proximity spaces.

Explore! Daylight disappears from view as you board the boat on the river that Ripley’s Believe it or Not claims is the shortest and deepest in the world. The guided tour begins along the river’s edge with stories of Native Americans, Civil War troops, and the notorious Jesse James. The cave sometimes floods, and when that happens, take the Historic Valley Walking Tour, available March through November if the cave boat tour is canceled.

Discover! Yes, there's more! The seasonal Butterfly Habitat (opening Memorial Day weekend for the 2022 season), nature trails, picnic areas, and a favorite children's activity, the gemstone sluice, can all be enjoyed. Wildflower Gifts offers apparel, home decor, collectibles, jewelry, Kentucky food products, fossils, and more.

Just looking to stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air? Enjoy the valley's blue hole trails at no charge by simply checking in at the Visitor Center to let them know you're there. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the valley.

Open year round, 7 days a week. Walk-in visitors are always welcome, or you can reserve your spot on the Underground Boat Tour (daily) on the Lost River Cave website.

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September 11 - November 20, 2022

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