Lost River Cave is located in
Bowling Green, Kentucky
in United States. This natural underground chamber has a long and distinguishing history.
Originally Lost River Cave was large much larger. At some point in time
part of the cave have collapsed and formed a small valley that
today houses a small park with a series of ponds and Butterfly
Lost River Cave and its surroundings was home to
Native American tribes those artifacts were found in the valley of the
cave by the archaeologists from Western Kentucky University. Besides these findings
discovered several objects from
and Confederate soldiers who camped out here. After short break they
engaged each other in a short, but bloody fire fight. During there
short stays both sides managed to get inside the cave and left graffiti.
After the war Lost River Cave was allegedly used as a hideout for wounded Jesse
James and his gang. At least this was claimed by the wife of
the doctor who visited the famous outlaw. It is a nice trip and worth
your time. You need to pass a beautiful garden that grew on the
bottom of the former cavern. At the site of the former night
club you will get into a boat with a shallow bottom. The
entrance of Lost River Cave is very low so you have to duck if you
don't want to hit your head. Unfortunately it is not very long and tourists are not allowed to get
off the boats and explore Lost River Cave on their own.
Cave boat tour
The two-part Cave boat tour
through the Lost River Cave is 45 minutes long. The first part
consists of a guided walking tour along the river, the blue hole,
and the cave entrance. This offers an opportunity to learn about
both the natural and human history of the region. The second part of
the tour is conducted on the boat, and allows visitors to explore
the inside of the cave.
Lost River Cave contains two event
venues. The Historic Lost River Cave Ballroom is located in the
cave, on the site of the Cavern Nite Club. The River Birch Meeting
Room, located adjacent to the visitor center, and contains its own
restrooms, a kitchen, and a big screen TV. Both venues are available
for event rentals.
The park includes approximately two miles
of nature trails, which are admission-free. The trails are part of
the Bowling Green-Warren County Greenways program. Other activities
include a seasonal butterfly habitat, gem mining, geocaching, bird
watching, and bird bingo. Binoculars can be checked out in the
visitor's center. The park includes a Young Interpreters program, an
outdoor classroom, and children's activities.