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Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

Marvel at the sculpting effects of weather and time as you explore the gorge and accompanying caves nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Amid New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains, Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves stand out as unique natural destinations. See the effects that millions of years of water, wind and weather have had on this area. Lost River is so named because it disappears beneath the surface of the steep glacial gorge. The gorge is lined with caves and rock formations.

After you enter from the parking lot, walk along a short trail to the log cabin Welcome Center. Here, purchase tickets, have a snack in the café or pick up a souvenir in the gift shop. Learn about the area’s wildlife and history through a series of videos and exhibits on display.

The path through the gorge is 0.8 miles (1.2 kilometers) long and full of things to see and do. If you want an easy walk, stay on the boardwalk and enjoy the breathtaking beauty surrounding you. If you’re feeling ambitious, travel closer to the mysterious boulder caves along the way.

The first cave is the Sun Altar. From here, explore rock formations including Fenris the Wild, Devil’s Kitchen and Parallel Rocks. Caves such as Shadow Cave and Cave of Silence vary in size and shape. Listen for the spectacular Paradise Falls crashing next to the trail.

For a truly unique experience, take a Lantern Tour. Departing at dusk, these guided tours take you through the gorge and caves using headlamps and lanterns.

Explore several free trails from the parking lot, such as Kinsman Notch Ecology Trail and Nature Garden Walk. If you’re an experienced hiker, tackle hand-over-foot hiking along the Dilly Cliff Trail.

Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves is open daily between mid-May and October in all weather. Purchase a day or season pass. Special tours, such as the Lantern Tour, cost extra. Parking is free with admission.

Because scrambling along slippery rocks may be involved, remember to dress appropriately. Sturdy footwear and a water resistant shell will help keep you both safe and comfortable.


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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains $125
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains

21 Railroad St, Lincoln, NH
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Lincoln, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of White Mountain National Forest and Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

    Woodwards Resort $65
    Woodwards Resort

    Woodwards Resort

    527 US Route 3, Lincoln, NH
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a state park, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of White Mountain National Forest and Whale's Tale Water Park. Franconia Notch State Park and Flume Gorge are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Wbm10- Managed by Loon Reservation Service - NH Meals & Rooms Lic# 056365
      Wbm10- Managed by Loon Reservation Service - NH Meals & Rooms Lic# 056365

      Wbm10- Managed by Loon Reservation Service - NH Meals & Rooms Lic# 056365

      North Woodstock, NH
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in North Woodstock, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from White Mountain National Forest and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park and Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        The Most Unique Private Accommodation in the Western White Mountains!
        The Most Unique Private Accommodation in the Western White Mountains!

        The Most Unique Private Accommodation in the Western White Mountains!

        North Woodstock, NH
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the mountains, this historic hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Mountain National Forest and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park and Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          The Inn of Lincoln $69
          The Inn of Lincoln

          The Inn of Lincoln

          563 Route 3, Lincoln, NH
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Mountain National Forest and within 3 mi (5 km) of Franconia Notch State Park and Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park and Flume Gorge are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln $67
            Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln

            Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln

            557 Us Route 3, Lincoln, NH
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Lincoln, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Mountain National Forest and within 3 mi (5 km) of Franconia Notch State Park and Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park and Flume Gorge are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery $127
              Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery

              Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery

              135 Main St, North Woodstock, NH
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of White Mountain National Forest and Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

                White Mountain Motel And Cottages $74
                White Mountain Motel And Cottages

                White Mountain Motel And Cottages

                170 Us Route 3, Lincoln, NH
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on a river, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Clark's Trading Post and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Whale's Tale Water Park. Flume Gorge and Loon Mountain Ski Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).