AAA Editor Notes
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves is at 1712 Lost River Rd. (SR 112). Thousands of years ago, the water from melting glaciers scoured out this 300-feet-deep gorge. As centuries passed, water seeped into cracks within the walls, expanded as it froze and split away massive blocks of granite that tumbled into the gorge, stacking up and hiding the river in places—hence the name “Lost.”
But you won't get lost as you explore this heavily wooded setting thanks to a wide loop trail of gravel paths, wooden boardwalks and more stairs than you'd want to count. You'll have postcard-worthy views of the river as it cascades over, around and under the huge, moss-covered boulders. If you're up to it, and don't mind confined spaces and a little dirt, you can clamber down ladders into lantern-lit caves among the rocks with colorful names like Judgment Hall of Pluto, Devil's Kitchen, Cave of Odin, the Dungeon and, if you dare, the Lemon Squeezer.
Informative signs along the way describe various features of the gorge, and platforms and benches offer spots beneath the maple and birch trees where you can pause to catch your breath. A forest boardwalk trail leads visitors across a covered bridge to a tree house and a suspension bridge over the upper gorge. A nature garden near the trail's end shows off native plants grouped according to habitat, and the visitor center, where the trail begins and ends, features exhibits about the area.
Self-guiding trails through the gorge cover 1 mile and take roughly 60 to 90 minutes to complete; sturdy walking shoes are advised. The boulder caves can be individually bypassed. Note: Baby strollers, wheelchairs and dogs are not allowed in the gorge.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.