Lost River Cave


Lost River Cave is open! The popular underground boat tour and nature trails are available to the public again effective June 8 and May 25. *PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for the boat tour and anyone coming inside the Visitors Center and Wildflower Gifts. If you do not have one, some are available for purchase for $2 on the porch of the Visitors Center.
Learn about other requirements and safety measures here on their website.

Tucked away in the city of Bowling Green lies a natural wonder, a river that gets lost as it flows underground surrounded by over 60 acres of wooded trails and activities just waiting to be explored. Kentucky's only Underground Boat Tour, the new Flying Squirrel Zipline, a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, and the seasonal Butterfly Habitat await you at Lost River Cave!
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. A comfortable 57 degrees year round, the boat tour offers a visit into the timeless world of a Kentucky natural wonder. The guided walking tour along the river's edge will bring alive stories of Native Americans, Early European settlers, Civil War troops and the notorious Jesse James. 

Throughout the valley, enjoy Treetop Bridge, nature trails, bird watching stations, picnic areas, and a favorite children's activity, the gemstone sluice. Additionally, visitors can enjoy zipping across the valley and over one of the valley's blue holes on the Flying Squirrel Zipline! Younger visitors can get in on the action, too, with the Lightning Bug Zipline geared for ages 3 to 10.
Back at the entrance near the Visitor Center, families love the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom featuring multiple nature stations, and the Wetlands educational area behind. Inside, 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.
Lost River Cave's newest tour option is the Historic Valley Walking Tour, which will be available only when cave boat tours are closed because of flooding in the cave, March through November. This 35-minute walking tour will lead you down a paved path to the historic Blue Hole No. 4, continue walking along the romantic river walk, up to the wide cave mouth entrance, and through the once-booming Cavern Nite Club. Your guide will provide local facts, lies, and legends all along the way.

Special tours including the Discovery Cave Crawl are available on a limited basis during the fall, winter and early spring when the river level is safe. All equipment including personal floatation device, helmets and headlamps is included. Additional children's activities and special events take place regularly throughout the summer. Contact the cave for more details. 

Lost River Cave is available for corporate, civic, or social events after 6:30 pm each day. Walk along the river's edge, hold a ceremony or cocktail party on the bridge or at the Butterfly Habitat. The cave's ballroom (once the site of an underground nightclub!) is under roof, has a crystal chandelier and holds 300 seated guests with room for dancing. The new River Birch Meeting Room will hold approximately 50 people and is perfect for an annual meeting, social gathering or birthday party. 

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Boat tours subject to recent rain amounts, please call ahead. Zipline closed mid-December to mid-March.

Lost River Cave & Zipline

2818 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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