Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

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Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

Woodwards White Mountain Resort, BW Signature Collection
Woodwards White Mountain Resort, BW Signature Collection
3 out of 5
527 US Route 3, Lincoln, NH, 03251
The price is $93 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star resort in Lincoln. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (52 reviews)
"Will definitely be going back"

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Woodwards White Mountain Resort, BW Signature Collection
White Mountain Chalet
White Mountain Chalet
North Woodstock, NH
Stay at this vacation home in North Woodstock. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Loon Mountain Ski Resort and Clark's Trading ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely house for family and pets
"My husband, our 2 kids, and our 2 dogs had a wonderful stay here. House was clean and spacious and the living room/kitchen had the grand chalet feel with the windows and high ceilings. our kids loved the loft and all beds were comfortable. Our dogs were able to hike with me in the back yard for outings. ..."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2022

White Mountain Chalet
The most unique private accommodation in the Western White Mountains!
The most unique private accommodation in the Western White Mountains!
North Woodstock, NH
Stay at this family-friendly hostel in North Woodstock. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and a sauna. Popular attractions Loon Mountain Ski Resort and Clark's Trading ...
The most unique private accommodation in the Western White Mountains!
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Best Lodging Options Near Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

Woodwards White Mountain Resort, BW Signature Collection
Woodwards White Mountain Resort, BW Signature Collection
3 out of 5
527 US Route 3, Lincoln, NH, 03251
The price is $93 per night from May 23 to May 24
Woodwards White Mountain Resort, BW Signature Collection
White Mountain Chalet
White Mountain Chalet
North Woodstock, NH
White Mountain Chalet
The most unique private accommodation in the Western White Mountains!
The most unique private accommodation in the Western White Mountains!
North Woodstock, NH
The most unique private accommodation in the Western White Mountains!
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
21 Railroad St, Lincoln, NH, 03251
The price is $149 per night from May 22 to May 23
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains, an IHG Hotel
Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln
Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln
3 out of 5
557 Us Route 3, Lincoln, NH, 03251
The price is $93 per night from May 22 to May 23
Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln
Perfect location in desirable Alpine Village  all weeks are 20% off nightly rate
Perfect location in desirable Alpine Village all weeks are 20% off nightly rate
North Woodstock, NH
Perfect location in desirable Alpine Village all weeks are 20% off nightly rate
Condo w/ Deck & Grill < 5 Miles to Loon Mountain!
Condo w/ Deck & Grill < 5 Miles to Loon Mountain!
North Woodstock, NH
Condo w/ Deck & Grill < 5 Miles to Loon Mountain!
White Mountain Motel And Cottages
White Mountain Motel And Cottages
2 out of 5
170 Us Route 3, Lincoln, NH, 03251
The price is $105 per night from May 22 to May 23
White Mountain Motel And Cottages
North Woodstock Alpine Village 4 Bedroom 3 Bath Four Level Mountain Oasis
North Woodstock Alpine Village 4 Bedroom 3 Bath Four Level Mountain Oasis
North Woodstock, NH
North Woodstock Alpine Village 4 Bedroom 3 Bath Four Level Mountain Oasis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.