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Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

1712 Lost River Road, Route 112W

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It's an adventure that combines the beauty and mysteries of nature with the excitement of exploring! Lost River Gorge is a journey through time. As you travel this timeline, you'll explore steep walled gorges and rugged boulder caves still lit by lanterns and guided by boardwalks. You'll marvel at the colors and delicate beauty of over one hundred species of native flowers, ferns, and shrubs in our nature garden. Along your ¾ mile journey, the river will keep you company along the way, playing hide and seek among the huge boulders and deep crevasses. Even when it's not visible, the river is never far away you'll hear it babbling over the rocks, just out of sight, and you'll understand why it's called "Lost River."

Your exploration of Lost River can be as easy or as ambitious as you choose. You may remain on the boardwalk, or accept the challenge of boulder caves such as the Dungeon and the Lemon Squeezer; it's up to you. To make your adventure more enjoyable, sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing are recommended and no strollers are allowed in the Gorge.

Of course, Lost River offers more than caves and boardwalks. Enjoy a stroll on the Ecology trail or, for the very experienced hiker, climb up the Dilly Cliff. A short video on the history of Lost River as well as information and exhibits concerning New Hampshire wildlife can be viewed in the Log Cabin.


Matthew Cloues

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Just an awesome place in which you can take a relatively short hike down into the gorge with entire pathway on boardwalk. Lots of steps, but really isn't a bad walk at all. Tons of little cave or rock obstacle crevices built in to crawl through. Awesome for and loved by kids. Beautiful forest space and several spots with good longer range views of Mount Tecumseh, etc. Just a really fun spot and boardwalk makes it doable for most people despite a lot of steps. Great spot!

amy morris

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
This is one of the coolest things I've done in the White Mountains. It's roughly 1200 stairs, but not as daunting as it sounds. There are lots of places to stop and rest along the way. You walk a mile through the Lost River Gorge. Something I'd never be able to do without a place like this. Plus there are all these caves you can crawl through. Some easy, some ridiculously tiny. Kids would love all of them. At the end there are some beautiful views of the mountains. I think this is worth the affordable $21 it costs for an adult. Beautiful scenery and a good workout!


Sunday, July 29, 2018
Hadn't been here since around 1980 as a kid. They have expanded it considerably since then. Had an absolute blast climbing, crawling and walking through every cave I came across while my wife patiently waited for me on the other end of each - felt like a kid! The views, smells and sounds are amazing and beautiful. It's a pretty easy walk most people should be able to do on well maintained and updated wooden walkways and stairs and all the caves are optional.

Carl P.

Monday, July 30, 2018
One of the most beautiful places in the White Mountains. I first visited this place as a child in the 80's with my family. I am now revisiting it with my own family and will make a point to return many times. Having access to climb into the caves makes the experience wonderfully interactive.

kara carlson

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Very beautiful. Lots of stairs up and down so be prepared for that but other then that this is a fantastic family place. Many little caves for you to explore kids and adults alike will love it some of the caves are a pretty tight squeeze and some you will have to crawl but in my opinion makes all the more fun! Also great gift shop and you can purchase dirt and the kids can sift the dirt and it is filled with all kinds of great rocks and minerals!

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