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Lost River Cave

2818 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, 42101

Lost River Cave
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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.
Lost River Cave contains one of the largest natural entrances in the Eastern U.S. Boat tours are available year-round, but does close for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and closes at noon on New Year's Eve.

The 72-acre cave property is jointly owned by Western Kentucky University and the non-profit Friends of Lost River Cave.

The river appears above ground in three short sections before flowing into the mouth of the cave. The most interesting section is the blue hole.

The cave reopened to the public in 1997, and most traces of abuse have been wiped away. Programs are in the works to remove invasive pest plants from the valley and upland trails and to construct a wetlands area to improve filtration of storm water entering the cave system.

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