Caverns are such cool things to visit and explore! It’s just amazing how nature has created such vast spaces underground through millions of years. It’s not only jaw-dropping but just down right fascinating to visit and learn about. That’s why, when my boyfriend and I found out about a cavern close to us, we had to go check it out.
Lost River Caverns is located in Hellertown, PA and is home to not only the limestone caverns but a river as well! It’s a pretty interesting story and we’ll get to that later on. Guided walking tours are offered for $14.50 a person and they last about 40-45ish minutes. For kids 3-12 years old, the cost is $9.50. Infants 2 and under are free. People of all age groups are welcome.
Though the guided walking tours are short, they’re very educational and the story about how the cavern got its name is pretty cool as well. That’s one of the reasons why my boyfriend and I went to visit this cavern, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to learn about how its name came to be.
After you’re informed about how the limestone cave walls were formed, you then come to learn about the river in the cavern. This cavern has, as its name implies, a river that runs through it. The water is ice cold but crystal clear. At certain points on the tour, you could see and hear the water flowing through the cavern.
What’s so special about a river that flows through a cavern? Well, for one, any type of water source that flows through the cavern is pretty cool in and of itself. But most importantly, it got its name because no one has a clue where the river starts or ends!! That’s right, the water flows through the cavern but has no start or end point. People have tried for decades, through different types of tests, to find out where the river leads out to. No one has ever proven where the river goes to or how it even began. There’s no signs that it started from water trickling from above. It’s just a random river that runs through a cavern, coming from the earth and going back into the earth.
I thought that was so cool, because I’ve never heard of such a thing like that before. Normally, there’s a clear sign where a river or water source comes from and people generally know where it goes. Yet, this particular cavern and its lost river are such a mystery. I love it!