Lost World Caverns, Lewisburg

4.8
#4 of 75 in Parks in West Virginia
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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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • A 45 minute to one hour walk through caverns. Self guided tour, you read the information on plaques. This is a good place to take primary school (and older) kids if they don’t tend to run around (lots of steps and railings would not prevent them from get of trail. Not handicap accessible due to narrow walkways and lots of steps. If you could not climb several flights of stairs, you would not enjoy this cavern. The price, compared to others we have visited, was very reasonable and because we had my son (college student) with us, we all got a discount. This is a great stop if traveling I-64. Stop in Lewisburg for a bite and the caverns are a few minutes from the exit.
  • Really great place. The cave was way bigger than I expected. The paths were good and the signs explaining the formations were great. It was well lit so you can see everything better. Pictures can't capture the beauty your eyes will see.
  • This place was a lot of fun! The only thing that made me take it down to 4 stars is the fact that the stone formations aren't protected very well and years of oily tourist fingers have made them dirty. All the other caves I've visited had strict rules about not touching anything in the cave. Otherwise, this place is really cool. The pathways are clearly marked and the spectacular formations are well lit. Some older folks or those with disabilities may have a little difficulty navigating it due to the narrowness of the walkways and the abundance of stairs. I wouldn't recommend this for children under the age of 5 for the same reasons. The gift shop is nice and reasonably priced. And the outside is pretty and nicely landscaped.

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