Lost River Cave’s Underground
Boat Tour is well-worth the trip to the Bowling Green area! The guided tour leads you to the very large cave entrance. Ripley's
believe it or not once claimed that Lost River was the shortest, deepest in the world. Several primitive measurements
gauged it at over 400 feet deep. Modern sonar technology deems it to be only 15 feet. It seems the strong current pulled the
measuring ropes down and under.
There are a lot of wild claims in
the area about Jesse James having hidden out in caves in this part of Kentucky. There is no way to verify that. Prehistoric
Native Americans have been documented using area caves. There was also a Mill at the cave's entrance. Visitors can still visit
the dance floor of the popular underground nightclub that attracted big name bands during the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Free Air-conditioning was a huge draw to the club.
Lost River Cave Valley is the result
of a collapsed cave. Blue holes springs bubble up and create an incredible river that disappears into the cave. The boat tour
takes you into that cave. The boats are the same ones that Mammoth Cave used on their old Echo River tour.
As late as the 90's the cave was
an ecological disaster. The mindset of some of the locals was "Hey it's a hole…let's fill er up". A dedicated crew hauled
several tons of debris up the valley. Today it is a beautiful MUST SEE attraction. The next time you visit Mammoth Cave, take an extra 30 minute trip to Bowling Green and visit
Lost River Cave.