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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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Woodwards Resort AU$98
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 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Mountain National Forest and within 3 miles (5 km) of Franconia Notch State Park and Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park and Flume Gorge are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln AU$112
    Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln

    Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln

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

      Conveniently located near to the ski slopes, this hotel in Lincoln is within 3 miles (5 km) of White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch State Park and Clark's Trading Post. Whale's Tale Water Park and Flume Gorge are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      The Inn of Lincoln AU$88
      The Inn of Lincoln

      The Inn of Lincoln

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

        Conveniently located near to the ski slopes, this Lincoln hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of White Mountain National Forest and Clark's Trading Post, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Franconia Notch State Park is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

        Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains AU$174
        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.

          White Mountain Motel And Cottages AU$91
          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 the riverfront, 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 6 mi (10 km).

            Inn 32 AU$99
            Inn 32

            Inn 32

            180 Main Street, North Woodstock, NH
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this North Woodstock motel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of White Mountain National Forest, Clark's Trading Post and Whale's Tale Water Park. Loon Mountain Ski Resort and Franconia Notch State Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain AU$300
              RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

              RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

              22 South Mountain Drive, Lincoln, NH
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Lincoln, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from White Mountain National Forest and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Clark's Trading Post. Loon Mountain and Whale's Tale Water Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery AU$186
                Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery

                Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery

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

                  Located near the slopes, this North Woodstock inn is situated in the mountains, within 1 mile (2 km) of White Mountain National Forest and Clark's Trading Post, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Whale's Tale Water Park is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.