There’s so much more going on at Lost River Cave. Check out the full calendar of upcoming events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lost River Cave is open 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.

Lost River Cave operates on Central Standard Time. Please see our Cave Tours page for hours of operation.

Tours start at the top of every hour. Walk-in tickets are sold first come, first served each day. You can also reserve your Boat Tour.

Please see our Boat Tour page for detailed pricing.

45 minutes – 20 minute walk into the valley, 25 minute ride on the boat.

Online reservations can be made in advance to secure tour spots. Advance reservations must be made 4 hours prior to a given tour departure time.

Walk-in tour tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to purchase your tickets upon arrival at the park. Then, enjoy all the other activities on the grounds while you wait for your tour to begin.

There is no age limit for the Cave Boat tour.

Special group rates are not offered during the summer. In the off season we do book groups of 20 or larger at a discount rate. Please fill out this form if you’d like to request a group tour.

The cave maintains a year round temperature of 57 degrees. A light jacket may be suitable.

You may use a stroller for the walking portion of the tour (first 20 minutes); however, it must be left at the entrance of the cave before boarding the boat.

Yes, pets are welcome inside the park, but are not allowed on the tours.

We do not have kennels for your pet. We do require that your pet be on a leash. Please do not leave your pet in the car during your tour in the summer, our parking lot gets very hot.

From the Visitor’s Center to the mouth of the cave, via our treetop bridge, 1560 feet (or one-third mile), 30% slope paved road. There are a few steps at the entrance to the cave.

  • There are about 2.5 miles of nature trails to explore, featuring 3 blue holes, a spring and a diverse variety of urban wildlife habitats.
  • At the end of May, our butterfly habitat will be open for visitation.
  • The rock and mineral sluice, where visitors young and old can experience panning for precious minerals like in the old days.
  • Check out our upcoming events page for information on special events taking place at the park!

There are many great attractions in the Bowling Green area as well as surrounding counties. There are many beautiful show caves within 30 – 45 minutes driving of our cave. For more information, please visit these websites:

No. There is a KOA nearby along with Beech Bend Park Campground.
More information is available at visitbgky.com

There’s so much more going on at Lost River Cave. Check out the full calendar of upcoming events.