Lost World Caverns – Lewisburg, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura

Lost World Caverns

Lewisburg, West Virginia

Home of a 28-foot tall stalagmite known as the War Club.  

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These caverns are over a mile long with a depth of 235 feet. The temperature is a constant 52 degrees Fahrenheit and the cave contains stalagmites up to 80 feet tall. One of the more well-known stalactite formations named Snowy Chandelier weighs 30 tons. 

The cavern is home to a disappearing stream. Throughout the cavern you can hear the stream, but you cannot see where it goes.  The stream comes out some eight miles from The Lost World Caverns. Living in this odd ecosystem are cave crickets and salamanders. The cave crickets are easy to spot throughout you’re tour but the salamanders not so much. To see some salamander activity you’ll want to be one of the first visitors in the morning.

Know Before You Go

Call ahead to schedule an appointment. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and a light jacket. Lost World Caverns has two different types of tours. The first is self-guided and can take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The second set of tours called the Wild Cave Tours, is an adventurous journey that takes about 4 hours. 


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