Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions Answered!

Is the cave open year round?

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.
What are your hours?

Lost River Cave operates on Central Standard Time. Please see our Cave Tours page or Zipline Tours page for hours of operation.
How often are tours?

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 or Zip Tour here!
How much are the tours?

Please see our Cave Tours page or Zipline Tours page for detailed pricing.
How long is the boat tour?

45 minutes – 20 minute walk into the valley, 25 minute ride on the boat.
How long are the zipline tours?

Flying Squirrel zipline tours typically last about 1 hour. Lightening Bug zipline tours are 30 minutes.
Do I need to make a reservation?

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. 

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit for the Cave Boat tour. Participants on the Flying Squirrel zipline must be at least 8 years old, participants on the Lightening Bug zipline must be between 3-10 years old.
How can I get group rates?

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 contact Kate for more information at 270-393-0077.
How cold is the cave?

The cave maintains a year round temperature of 57 degrees. A light jacket may be suitable.
Can I take a stroller to the cave?

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.
Can I bring my pet?

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 you’re pet in the car during your tour in the summer, our parking lot gets very hot.
How much walking is involved in the boat tour?

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.
What else is there to do at Lost River 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 our our family fun page for more information.  Also see our upcoming events page for information on special events taking place at the park!

What else is there to do in the area?

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:
Is there camping on-site?

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