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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  • There are many caverns to choose from around this area . The best part about this one is that they allow you to take your own tour at your own pace . The man handed us a small flashlight and sent us o...  more »
  • My first suggestion, Check Groupon! This is how I found the Lost World Caverns and I am glad I did. Although the drive to it is on a dirty road so I wudn't suggest you be a speed demon to get there. L...  more »
  • Be prepared for a difficult walk through the cave. There are not many formations and the ones there look "dirty" - not sure whether it is algae or minerals seeping in from above. There are more huge r...  more »
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  • Be aware the drive into the cave entrance (about a mile) is rock dust and mud. Your vehicle will need a wash after going there. However the cave has a lot of beautiful formations probably the most I have seen. One cave at Mammoth Cave's may beat its number but it would be very close. I also believe if the lighting was of better quality it could be my number 1 most beautiful Cave.
  • 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...
  • Fun time with the family and a must if you are passing by. Who doesn't want a chance to catch a glimpse of bat boy! Prices are fair and they do offer AAA and military discounts.
  • I came with my wife and we loved the cave. They have self guided tired that take about 45 mins or so, with signs about the different formations and history of the cave along the way. Great place and fun to explore.
  • Great trip! Went as a group of 5 and thoroughly enjoyed the wild cave tour ..went in at 10:30 and came out at about 4:30 ...great experience and would love to do it again...

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