Visit Lost River Cave

1.1 miles 110 ft gain  - Point-to-Point Trail

Added by Lucas Bremer

Kentucky's Lost River Cave is an outdoor lover's paradise, but it was once the first "Air Conditioned" Nightclub, Saw Mill, and Civil War Camp.

In the last 200 years, Lost River Cave has been used as a site for mills, a camp for Civil War soldiers, and a nightclub. Its history goes back many years before that—thousands in fact. Prehistoric nomadic Native American tribes used the cave for shelter and water as they hunted this valley.

The cave is in fact 7 miles in length, and a river begins just outside its entrance from an underground spring and runs through most of the cave. Boat tours through the cave are very popular. This is the only underground boat tour in the state of Kentucky. There are also special excursions, such as kayaking in the cave.

Plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour walking to the cave and boating through it. There are also a couple of miles of hiking trails in this valley along with several ziplines. All tour tickets can be purchased online Lost River Cave.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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4 months ago

It was okay

It was definitely a nice place to stop for the afternoon hopefully it’s on your way and it’s not too far of a drive because it’s great for children but I was misled by think it was 7 miles into the cave on a boat but it was only a quarter-mile. The history it was neat, but they let you know that it’s all hearsay. The blue river flowing through the woods was gorgeous, it would be a nice place to stop for lunch and a little walk through the woods. It’s very touristy, it’s not really secluded. The gift shop was really nice they had such unique stuff I enjoyed shopping there while I waited for my tour to start


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4 months ago

Great but a bit touristy

This is a great place to go but can be a bit overrated the historical factor of it makes it very cool however the cave is not as long as it seems so the tour is pretty short.

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