The Lost River Caverns- Summer In Pennsylvania
Summer is here and our family is all about finding time to spend together. Every year it’s tougher and tougher for everyone to find time to sync up and spend together. Recently our family found a new place to go. It’s been on our vacation bucket list forever but somehow we have never gotten it done. On our last trip to Pennsylvania we stopped at the PA Border Visitor’s Center and grabbed some information on the local caves in PA. As we were driving we spotted a sign for The Lost River Cavern and went for it!
If you do go follow the signs and directions carefully. It’s a little tricky to get to because it takes you through town and it feels like there would never be a cave there, but there is and it’s worth it! Back when hubby and I were kids our families both took road trips and both visited multiple caves! But, our own kids have never been to a CAVE! We had to change that! And we were about to make it happen. Hubby and I have never been to the Lost River Caverns so it was new to us, too!
We arrived and were on the tour within thirty minutes. The tours are guided and you must stay on the trail and with the guide. Pictures are allowed but no video. My children we really taken off guard by the entire cave experience. First of all, you are going underground so it’s much colder. We had some jackets to wear. If you are visiting during the summer I would suggest that you bring a sweatshirt or sweatjacket. It’s about 52 degrees.
Our tour lasted about 45 minutes including time to take pictures and ask questions. Also if you are visiting it’s probably a good idea to wear sneakers. It’s pretty wet all throughout the walk of the cave. You also have to be really careful because the cave is low in some parts. Sometimes there is a warning, sometimes not!!
We really enjoyed our visit and tour of Lost River Caverns. I would definitely recommend going there. It was amazing to see all of the magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations. It’s a whole other world underground. It’s also a far cry from being plugged in 24/7. Our favorite part definitely was seeing the Lost River and how it enters the cave.
In addition to the cave there are other things to do while visiting. We loved the gift shop! It was filled with gems and stones and many items you probably cannot find anywhere else. There is also a Nature Trail just off of the parking lot. It’s SO beautiful an reminded me of an enchanted forest. We did go on the trail for little bit but did not complete the entire trail. You can pan for gold at the Gem Mill. If you want to do that you need to purchase a bag of gems from the gift shop and then take it outside to the Gem Mill to find out what treasures you can uncover. There are picnic grounds across the street from the cave that looks really pretty. If we do go back we will definitely pack a lunch!
Thanks for the great day, Lost River Caverns. We loved visiting!
This is the location of Lost River Caverns if you are interested in going.