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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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  • We loved this neat field trip for my daughter's first grade trip! We had a fantastic tour guide, a great tour, learned tons of info, enjoyed the gift shop and a wonderful lunch on the hillside after g...  more »
  • I wasn't sure what to expect with this self guided tour, but, it was so much fun and to take your time and just drink in the beauty instead of being hustled along with a tour guide. There were posted ...  more »
  • We took the Wild Cave Tour with Steve and Channing "Candy", and had a blast. You get muddy and wet and you're completely exhausted by the end, but would do it again in a heartbeat. Steve is a phenomen...  more »
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  • Our family just visited Lewisburg for my daughter's birthday. We had a fantastic time doing the wild cave tour. The staff is very friendly and the property is beautiful. We would like to thank our guides, Steve & "Candy" for fun times. the food was great also...
  • Awesome! The wild cave tour was very physical, very fun and very muddy. Our guide Steve was friendly and knowledgeable. If you can do this, you need to.
  • The shop is well stocked with fun and unique gifts. As we walked in the staff were happy to help us and tell us about the parts of the cave to notice on our self-guided tour. It took about an hour.
  • Friendly staff and the cavern itself is amazing, I would go back and do the 4 hour expedition as well
  • Awesome tours deep into the cavern, or more casual self guided tours of a magical underground limescale forest