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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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  • My family and I enjoyed the caverns. We loved that it was self guided and with younger children that is a must. I was a little worried about going underground as I am extremely claustrophobic, however...  more »
  • This is a self-guided tour with very nice picturesque cavern. The path down is well lit and great for exploring. It is also spaceous open so you don't feel claustrophobic. The owner provides some back...  more »
  • We were staying in the Shenandoah Valley, 2.5 hours away, and were told that the Lost World Caverns had the best tour around. Lost World Caverns has something for everyone. They have a very developed ...  more »
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  • My partner and I had a blast at the Lost world Cavern's recently. We were fortunate enough to catch them on a quiet day so we had a wild cave experience with just us on the tour. Although they normally require two days notice for wild cave bookings, the owner of the business Steve stepped in and very kindly took us on a next day 5 hour tour underground. A very unique and memorable experience. And no month long booking process like Mammoth Caves... Suits us as we are rather sporadic! He was knowledgeable, friendly, had quite the sense of humor. He also put us through our paces. Tours are catered to the limits of the group and in no way are you forced to do anything you don't want to. They took HEAPS of cool photos for us as mementos and transferred straight to our hard drive whilst we ate the plentiful lunch they provided. Great tour, great value for money - would not hesitate to recommend! Do it! All in all 10/10 experience
  • Fun stop on our roadtrip. Our 3-yr old loved the cave and the dino exhibits in the gift shop area. The cave walkway is well-lit with handrails throughout and doesn't take too long to see everything, so it was very family friendly.
  • Very neat stop! The cave was very refreshing. Having a self guided tour was very nice. We were able to go at our own pace. Plus, their dogs were very cute
  • An awesome cave experience without too much hype. This cave is spectacular in size and beauty. I left there imagining what the deeper "wild" cave tour would be like, though I'm pretty sure I'll stay on the developed paths in the future. Also, near the end, you can hear a "stream" just below the rocks where you stand, but nowhere else. It apparently drains 8 miles away at one of the largest springs in West Virginia. On the day I was there, there had been lots of rain, so the stream sounded more like a river! That much water is no doubt carving out other caves elsewhere that no-one can access.
  • Pretty cool caverns owned by a local family in WV. It's very well developed, so you can take kids and they'll have no problem. Our 5 and 2.5 year old walked the entire way on their own (holding an adult hand, of course). A few spots are a little tight to navigate for taller people, but it's cool to visit this place. There's also a little museum in the gift shop area that's interesting to check out. The rest of this town is equally interesting to explore as well.