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Lost World Caverns, Lewisburg

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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 enjoyed the caverns. I grew up near here. Never visited before. A little cool. Sweaters are nice and very slippery. Walk carefully. Hold onto the handrails. We really liked this attraction. 
  • This self guided tour was an excellent way to spend an hour or two. Friendly owner, beautiful caverns make this a must if you are in Lewisburg. Bring a sweater because it is cool inside. The tour is a...  read more »
  • While Lost World Caverns can't compare to the caves in the National Park System (Mammoth Cave, Carlsbad Caverns), Lost World Caverns is worth a visit if you are driving nearby I-64 and have a couple o...  read more »
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great self guided tour, the gift shop is awesome and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Can get a little pricey, but if you have students or AAA, discounts are available.
  • Great cave with lots to see and learn. I wish we could have done the extended tour but the self guided was very good.
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