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Lost River Cave and Valley Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bowling Green, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 111 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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NOTE: This park currently has visitor capacity limits due to COVID-19. Please check here for more information: https://www.lostrivercave.org/covid-19-park-update/ Great trail with shade and rock formations. Note that this trail can be muddy depending on the season.

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James Porter
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Hiking

Beautiful little walk through the cedars. An open area near the cave seems like a great place to get married!

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Lola Nichols
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HikingMuddyPrivate property

Seems to be a private as opposed to public park, parts not accessible without fees. Has boat tour and zip line as well as trail. Trail was interesting, as others remarked it can be muddy but they added gravel. Easy for a family outing. Be cautious around blue hole #3, mud was so slick I fell and had to dig fingers in to keep from sliding into a blue hole! My bad.

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Nathan Malm
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Jason Reiling “cricket”
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Hiking

Nice short nature trail. Most of it is gravel. Dogs allowed. There is other stuff to do here like a boat route if you want. Not very crowded one to do here back on the paths

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Kimberlee Everson
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Very easy and pleasant. Can be very muddy but they seem to be adding a lot of gravel to fix that. Great place for small kids.

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Zoe Mcallister
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Heather Blair
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Hiking

Very easy short shaded hike.

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Zoe Mcallister
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Zoe Mcallister
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Hiking

I would recommend this trail it is very shaded with a lot of places to stop and rest. Me and my dog both loved it.

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Ben Schleich
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HikingBridge outOver grown

Blue holes aren’t blue but mostly due to lack of sunlight at the hole areas. Kids had fun running around the rock formations at the lost river spring area. Pretty much an in and out trail and mostly graveled walk paths. All in all just a walk in the woods, not so much a hike. They do have a capacity check at visitor center but only due to monitoring for Covid conditions, unfortunate normal nowadays!

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Macie Kidd
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HikingOver grown

This is a very easy trail. You can walk down and see the entrance of the cave and check out the blue holes along the way. The further you get from the cave the more overgrown the trails get. But all in all it is a good day hike.

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Glenna Spikberg
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Hiking

It’s a really nice place to walk

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Byron Kempf
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Hiking

Been here 40+ years and finally visited. Nice walk , not hard. Peaceful. Will go back

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Ty Morningstar
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Very clean awesome trail. Love it.

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Sara Tucker
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HikingMuddy

Really easy walk. Easy to take kids on or your dog. This trail was pretty muddy in some places, but overall pretty nice walk. I do not recommend taking a stroller if it’s been raining. (Too muddy)

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D Schmude
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Closed due to pandemic

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Solamen Silva
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What a beautiful little geological area. The historical stones and educational plaques are totally worth reading. I learned that this area has documented inhabitance that spans over 7500 years and it’s 19th-century storyline is really interesting. I plan to come back and take the boat tour through the cave. I would have never know this attraction existed if I hadn’t taken this hike.

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Quinn Buell
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Lisa Jabusch
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Hiking

Pretty little area. Muddy and wet in spots in early March, but still easily passable. We added on the out and back of the Greenway, just to increase mileage.

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Jacob Dixon
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my best friend and I came to Bowling Green for a WKU football game and decided to take a short hike to kill time before the game. if your looking for a hike without alot of people don't come in October. the Halloween directions were kinda cool but it took away from the nature experience. a TON of people were there. trails are not that impressive either.

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marie phelps
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Hiking

Cute little urban trail - I just had a little time and this was close and more interesting than I thought it would be. The little spring waterfall was so cool - full of birds enjoying the water! And also a sweet butterfly house. Wish I had used bug spray though - got quite a few bites. Still worth it!

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Lori Grissett
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Nice, easy trail. Shady. Saw a white squirrel, 2 hawks and a non-venomous snake.

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Casey & Kayla Meador
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Hiking

Great trail! My 2 sons (11 and 8) hiked it with us. they had no problems. A Shaded, Short, easy trail... but long enough to feel like you've done something. It was over before we knew it. Will be back again to find some of those side trails we saw from the bridge!

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Lacey Jones
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Hiking

Any hike that's close enough to the city to take public transportation is a plus for me. Nothing amazing but a good nature walk.

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Conway Hawn
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Hiking

Wooded nature trail that leads by various historical structures, a butterfly house, spring, blue holes and rock formations. We were there early during a rain and had the trail to ourselves but the parking lot was filling up as we were leaving. The highlight for us was a pure white eastern gray squirrel that climbed a tree before disappearing in the understory.

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Mendy Kirsch
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Hiking

only did partial trail before doing the boat tour. Nice shady trail, stopped to explore the butterfly habitat

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Dawn Verdegan
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Really pretty, nice and easy trail.

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Kenny Dillingham
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There are too few nature trails in Bowling green, but this is still a great trail, by most standards. It is extremely busy most days, but it is a cool Karst area. The "Canyon was once a cave where the roof collapsed. Besides being busy, it is pretty noisy as well due to people and traffic.

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