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Orchard Park, New York
June 6, 2005
Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves are just a few miles from North Woodstock in New Hampshire on Route 112.
Glaciers are to blame for the creation of this gorge. As they moved away, they blocked water drainage and the water found a different way - through the Lost River Valley.
The gorge trail is a beautiful walk that is about three-fourth’s of a mile long. You will step down to its bottom using a series of steps. Right away you will notice that the park is very well maintained, with all wooden walkways, stairs, and platforms in perfect order, and everything is clean. That can possibly explain the quite steep price of $11 per head. Since I already mentioned it, I will finish the thought - I liked the park very much, it was very well maintained, but I think $5 per head would be more appropriate.
Since we carried a 5-month-old, we did not get into many caves along the way. I can imagine that those can be very exciting for kids that are old enough to enjoy them and young enough not to worry about getting dirty, since some of them are for crawling.
At the entrance/exit, there is a gift shop, cafeteria, and vending machines. The staff was very pleasant.
For additional park information, you can visit their website.
From journal Week on Lake Winnipesaukee
August 7, 2003
Lost River is a family attraction, but all its wonders will not be accessible to everyone. Smaller adults and children can follow the river through the caves, whereas some larger adults may only be able to walk through the larger caves. There are some definite tight squeezes, but you are warned in advance. In addition, there are some places where it is damp, or indeed, you may be crawling through a waterfall.
A Rainy-Day Activity?
Recently, I visited Lost River on a damp, rainy day in May. Because of the weather, Lost River was nearly deserted, despite being a holiday weekend. Figuring that we were going to get muddy and wet anyway, my boyfriend and I went ahead and explored the caves. Only one cave was closed due to the flooding. The rest were open and we were the only people in the park.
Lost River is safe, soft adventure. You feel the excitement of spelunking without much of the danger. Very popular on hot summer days, the dank caves and the river running through them provides a cooling-off for sweaty visitors.
Dates and Hours
Lost River is open mid-May to mid-October. July and August 9am-6pm. May, June, September and October 9am-5pm. Last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing.
Ages 4-12: $6.50
Ages 3, 2, and 1 with adult: Free
Website: Find Lost River
From journal The White Mountains