Risky Places We Love: Lost River Cave


It was President’s Day on Monday, so I did what every good parent does: loaded up the mini-van for a road trip. We had three adults, five kids, snacks and sack lunches. Our destination? Lost River Cave in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the heart of Cave Country. We were expecting a boat ride through a cave, but we got so much more.  They are in the process of installing a natural playscape, which should be finished by early Spring.


 There were giant logs to climb on.


They also have tippy rocks to stand on.


The favorite was this giant tube to crawl through.

We had a picnic lunch before our 30 minute boat ride through the cave. The cave was awesome for everyone.  We saw a bat and fossils and had to duck under the rocks when the boat went through a tight passage. After the boat tour we headed out to the nature trails. It just so happened that they were running a scavenger hunt this weekend that kept the kids entertained for the entire hike – just one of the many events and year-round activities Lost River offers youth.



We ran across tons of slippery mud, a bouncy bridge and rock-filled streams.

We had a blast at the Lost River Cave. I can’t wait to head back in the summer to see the completion of the natural playscape and to take advantage of some of the many other programs offered.

The Lost River Cave is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky just off Interstate 65.  They’re open year-round, but please check the website for tour times and special events.  Let us know if you go!  And if you have any Risky Places You Love, be sure to share them with us.  We’d love to have you write a guest post for us and start a directory of Risky Places across the US.



  1. The Huz and I did this a few years ago! (We went on a winding road trip through the south and this was one of a few stops in Kentucky—the other memorable one being the Maker’s Mark distillery tour.) It was July and I remember there being a caged area with butterflies, too. I remember ducking and squeezing through that tight space, as well as seeing the open area that served as a naturally cooled dance hall back in the day. Lost River Cave was a lot of fun.

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