Lost World Caverns, Lewisburg

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Lost World Caverns, located just outside Lewisburg, West Virginia, is an underground natural series of caverns. In November 1973, the caverns were registered as a National Natural Landmark as they "feature terraced pedestal-like stalagmites, flowstone, curtains, rimstone, domepits, and waterfalls."HistoryOriginally named "Grapevine Cave", the only entrance was a long vertical drop into which farmers used to dump dead livestock and other trash. Virginia Polytechnical Institute "discovered" the cave in 1942. It was surveyed in the 1960s and found to contain over a mile of interconnected passages that reach a depth of 245 feet below the surface. In 1967, the remains of a prehistoric cave bear were unearthed in the cave.In the early 1970s, a walking entrance was dug out, the trash was removed, walkways were installed and the cave was opened for tourism. In 1981, the gift shop and walking entrance were renovated. Since then subsequent owners have done extensive work on the lighting (making sure it doesn't allow the out-of-control growth of algae that old incandescent lamps cause) and many other cleaning and conservation projects as well as adding a dinosaur museum section to the gift shop.
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  • I thought I would be scared to go to the caverns, but it wasn't scary at all. The guide was young and knowledgeable. Seems like he was probably a college student. Quite interesting and educational for...  more »
  • One thing I hate about tours is having to wait for all the other people in my group to move one. So this was perfect because we could move at our own pace. There were signs that explained the big deta...  more »
  • We were so glad we decided to take this self-guided tour. Although I had a knee injection a month ago and debated doing the tour, other reviews convinced me to do it. The hand rails were very helpful....  more »
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  • Great staff. Really friendly. Staff great and we're so helpful and and warm and seemed happy to have us. Gift shop is inexpensive. Kids liked out door animals and neat to see inside cavern. Outside county like look. Cave was earthly.
  • This place is awesome. You can go on the tour of the cave and if you are feeling adventurous they even have a deeper cave trek that comes with lunch (reservations required). They sell all sorts of gems, minerals, fossils, and kits. It's crazy to see the beauty our world has created. They sell bags of gems n such that you can take outside to the water and discover your own gems and usually shark teeth. I love it!
  • A very nice self guided tour. Not too expensive either. If you take the time to read the facts that are posted throughout the cavern you learn a lot and really get a good idea of that time frame when out was first found. The gift shop was pretty nice too.
  • The owners are very accommodating with large tour groups. Very friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable. Even the staff is well informed, and if they don't know an answer to a question, they will find someone who does. Great selection of minerals, other gifts, and toys for sale for both families and individuals passing through. They also have a cabinet of brochures for other activities in the area, which is really great for planning the rest of your vacation. Formations are all very excellent and in a highly concentrated area. It inspires you to want to explore more caves and caverns to see what other kinds of beauty blossom below the Earth's surface. Outdoor picnic area is plentiful and very scenic. The gravel road is a little disarming, but quaint. Makes you really feel like it's a Lost World you're stumbling into, but it can't be that secluded, because they've got a great music selection in the gift shop! There's even a collection of fossils and casts of fossils for us science types who like to take a glance back in time when dinosaurs and trilobites lorded over our earthly domain. Great for children and adults. They even have gem mining!
  • This trip to LWC was unbelievably spectacular. Steve was our guide for the "Wild Cave Tour". Steve is an amazing guide. If you are in the Lewisburg WV area and looking for a 4 hour adventure, this is for you. Expect to get wet and muddy so bring a change of clothes. Check out the web site for more info.
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