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Lost River Cave, Bowling Green

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Must see · Cave · Geologic Formation
Lost River Cave is a seven-mile cave system located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Lost River originates outside of the cave and flows into it. The cave contains one of the largest natural entrances in the Eastern U.S. Boat tours are available year-round, but closed for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The river was once listed by Ripley's Believe it or Not as the "Shortest, deepest river in the world" because the blue hole is over 437 feet deep, while the river itself is only 400 feet long. In fact, the blue hole is only 16 feet deep, but is linked to a further underground river. The 72-acre cave property is jointly owned by Western Kentucky University and the non-profit Friends of Lost River Cave.

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  • We were rained out from go-carts and looked for other activities for teenagers. Really enjoyed guide Linda and learned a lot . Recommended for all ages.  more »
  • We went on the boat tour of the Lost River Cave. Our tour guide Jacob was both knowledgeable and enjoyable. The actual time in the boat wasn’t too long…it’s a little cool in the cave but overall a...  more »
  • Though I haven’t yet went on tour to this cave but what I can say that once in a while you should walk around the park and look around beautiful spots. During the summer you can visit the butterfly house with tons of monarch butterflies it’s really pretty! During fall season I’m not sure if they do annually they put up scarecrows with each represent different groups.
  • What an amazing place! The tours are 100% worth the cost and all proceeds go back into keeping up the park. The guide for our tour was not only informative and entertaining, he is an expert on the place and area. The cave has been so beautifully brought back to life. The other activities on site and the shop are really well put together. What a gem to have amongst the hustle of a city.

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