Sep 262017
 

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

Long before recorded history, massive glaciers shaped the land in North America. The powerful forces of water, wind, and time created the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Kinsman Notch (Woodstock, NH) about 300 million years ago. The Ice Age brought glaciers that lifted and moved enormous rocks, which formed notches and mountains. When the ice eventually melted, the water eroded the rocks and the Lost River Gorge was formed. If you happen to visit the Woodstock, NH area, be sure to check out the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

We have a place in Woodstock, so my family visits the area regularly. Since that’s the case, we actually purchased season passes so that we could go all the time.  My kids love climbing through the caves and I love that it’s a great workout with amazing views.

Experience The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

The Gorge is partially filled with immense chunks of granite, spectacular waterfalls and rugged caves. The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves is a great place to visit and walk, especially if you feel adventurous. Walking along the boardwalk is scenic, however, for those that want more out of their experience, there are a lot of glacial caves to explore and crawl and climb through. Your journey into the Lost River Gorge can be as easy or as ambitious as you choose. Stay on the boardwalk, or climb and in some cases, crawl through the boulder caves. The Boulder caves are huge rocks that have fallen together over time to create little caves and passageways that are so much fun for the kids to explore.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

What to Expect on this Memorable Outdoor Experience

Your visit to the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves will start with a long descent down a lot of stairs. The gorge is located approximately 300 feet down into the earth, so you will walk the trail to get down there. The first stop from the trail is a viewing platform with an amazing view of the gorge. It’s a Kodak moment for sure, so make sure you have your camera handy. From there, you will enter in to the gorge and there you will find your first cave which is called The Sun Altar. Since the gorge is about 300 feet below the surface, it’s quite a bit cooler down there. When I went, however, it was about 20 degrees cooler in the gorge.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves is definitely a memorable outdoor experience for kids and adults. Also, do you remember that I mentioned all the stairs down to the gorge? Keep in mind that what goes down must also go up! There are as many stairs going back up as there are leading down to the gorge. A trip to the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves is a great workout!

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

Explore the Caves at the Lost River Gorge

As you walk along the boardwalk, you will come across many rock and boulder formations like the Cave of Odin, Fenris the Wolf and Thor’s Cauldron. Additionally some of the other caves are: Thor’s Workshop, Devil’s Kitchen, the Cave of Silence, Parallel Rocks, The Center of the Earth, the popular Lemon Squeezer, the Dungeon, Bear Crawl, Judgment Hall of Pluto, Hall of Ships, Shadow Cave, and the Rotunda. You will also get a chance to see the spectacular waterfall named Paradise Falls, which is equally impressive.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

While the caves are certainly natural wonders, many of them are very tight squeezes. There were many that I couldn’t even fit through. If you’re not a fan of small spaces, there are a few caves that you will want to skip. Don’t worry, however, because there are clearly marked signs at each cave entrance. The signs have information about what to expect and where each cave exit is (because some of them are long).

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

Crossing Bridges

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

As you walk along the trail at the Lost River, you will also come across two bridges. The first is a covered walking bridge and the second is a suspension bridge. Both bridges were added as part of an expansion project in 2015. The suspension bridge is 60 feet long and as you cross, you will see the most gorgeous views of the gorge and scenic Kinsman Notch. It is absolutely breathtaking. If you’re tired from all the stair climbing, you can choose to skip the newly expanded trail and opt to head for the exit. If you are not too tired, though, there is a great tree house structure just over the suspension bridge. It’s tons of fun for the kids to climb through.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

More About the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

  • The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves hike is just about one mile and it takes about 2 hours to go through the entire thing. Don’t rush it however. Plan to spend the day and explore everything since there is so much to see.
  • The massive glacial boulders are incredibly impressive. If you choose to climb and crawl through the caves you will get dirty and wet. Be sure to dress accordingly and in addition, make sure to wear sneakers when you go.
  • No strollers are allowed in the gorge
  • If you go the day after a rain storm, be careful on the stairs, which get slippery when they are wet.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

The mountain setting and the river that passes through the gorge makes this place a nature lovers dream. In addition, there are scenic visits and photo ops galore. The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves are open May-October. If you find yourself in the Woodstock, New Hampshire area, it’s definitely a memorable outdoor experience.

  50 Responses to “The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH: An Adventure You’ll Never Forget”

  1. That’s so amazing! We love to explore natural formations like this. It’s so much fun to get out and explore nature.

  2. There’s nothing more fun than getting out and exploring the beauty of nature. I’d love to take the fam to see Lost River.

  3. There’s nothing more fun than getting out and exploring the beauty of nature. I’d love to take the fam to see Lost River.

  4. This place looks amazing. It brought you closer to nature and that feeling is amazing

  5. Such a great place to visit, Woodstock, NH is a beautiful town in of itself. Love the Lost River, it’s a great family day trip to visit. I hope to visit New England area sometime soon, I miss it.

  6. I’ve never been to New Hampshire, but I’d love to visit this place. This looks like an amazing outdoor adventure! I love being outdoors and exploring nature, especially with the family.

  7. Wow! I have never been there! It looks so beautiful and I know my family would love all the nature!

  8. This would be such a fun place to take the family, it’s so beautiful and green!

  9. This sounds like a great place to take the family on an outdoors adventure. My kids would have loved exploring here.

  10. This seems like such a cool place to visit. I’d love to check out the falls and some of the caves!

  11. I haven’t done any hikings for quite some times! Would love to explore the area indeed.. not too far from NYC

  12. What an awesome place to go to with the kids! I love that you can easily enjoy the outdoors there. It makes them appreciate nature more. It would be so nice to go there with the family and just enjoy what the place has to offer.

  13. This looks beautiful and amazing for family to explore the outdoors and nature. I would love to visit here and enjoy the fresh air and what there is all to see here!

  14. This looks so beautiful! I would love to explore those caves. It looks like all those stairs would be quite the work out. What a great place to hike with the family.

  15. Sounds like there’s lots of walking. I love the sound of that! with that gorgeous scenery you wouldn’t get bored!

  16. I really need to make it back up the the North East. The outdoors up there are just unlike any other place.

  17. The sound of the waterfalls is so relaxing I could stay there the whole day and just be amazed at the beauty of nature. I have not traveled to New Hampshire yet but I will make sure I see the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves if I am in the area.

  18. Beautiful place! I love it and I would love to go there and just have a great time. The view is really amazing! Exploring the caves is really cool.

  19. Oh wow! My kids will have an adventure here! I love that you can go out and explore or just enjoy the view. There’s really so much that you can do there!

  20. This looks like a beautiful town! I know my son would love to visit and explore. Now I’ve got to add this spot to my travel list!

  21. These are the types of places we love to visit. The area is beautiful. I always enjoy learning how the area was made.

  22. This would be such a neat place to hike with the family. I’m glad it’s only a mile–that way I wouldn’t have to hear the kids say their feet hurt. But I know they’d like the scenery!

  23. I love scenic mountain climbs! Also anything called the lost river sounds like it could be a great adventure!

  24. Wow what a fun trip, I’d love to make my kids here. I am loving your photos!

  25. I have never been to New Hampshire. The scenery looks amazing… I would love to explore!

  26. That place looks really cool and the pictures are so beautiful! I would love to visit with the entire family in the future! I’m sure the kids would love it there!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  27. Oh, how cool is this?? I love finds like this to visit. And will certainly add it to my list when I head back to the New England area. I’ve visited caverns in Arkansas and they are a wonder that people should NOT miss!

  28. Sounds like a lot of fun for those that love the outdoors and exploring caves. Beautiful photos!

  29. I love exploring parks with my family. There’s nothing more beautiful than scenic landscapes and unchartered territories. This looks like a beautiful destination.

  30. I’d love to go on the hike and explore all the caves. I’d have to skip over the ones with small spaces since I can’t take tight places. The scenery is beautiful and I imagine the view is amazing.

  31. Wow, what a cool place! That is my kind of family outing. I’d love to visit there one of these days. We love outdoorsy nature spots.

  32. I had no idea this natural treasure was in NH. I’m about to head back to NYC so I might have to make a little detour to visit the Lost River on my way. I love exploring these hidden gems.

  33. I can absolutely see why this is a trip you would never forget. I love all your pictures. They give me such a relaxing feeling like I was there with you. Can’t wait to check this place out sometime in the near future.

  34. I bet this place is especially beautiful during the Fall. I love your pics. Looks like your family had an awesome time. Thanks for the intro as I’ve never heard of Lost River.

  35. I lived in New Hampshire for about two years. I don’t miss it but do wish I’d seen more places like this while I was there.

  36. What a beautiful place! Your photography is stunning! I am sure it was great fun to visit. I will put it on my list of places to visit!

  37. This place looks so much fun. My girls would love visiting, they love being outdoors.

  38. The place looks so magical! And I think going up and down those stairs is one workout I would actually enjoy!

  39. That looks like such a cool place to visit. I would love to take the family there someday!

  40. The waterfall alone would be enough to draw me there. My boys would love this!

  41. This place looks amazing. I love places like this in nature that are hidden away! What an amazing trip.

  42. I love finding places that are scenic like this one is, to take the kids hiking. I bet we would have a great time visiting this place on our next trip to New Hampshire. I’d pack a picnic and make a day of it.

  43. The wilderness of the northeast is like no other place. This would be a wonderful day trip.

  44. This looks like it is a beautiful area to visit! I would love to take a trip there one day.

  45. I really love to be outdoors so this place looks magical. Looks like it is great for the whole family!

  46. Wow! My kids would love this so much. They love exploring and climbing and be outside!

  47. Wow, what gorgeous photos! Exploring caves had to be so exciting for the kids – definitely has an air of adventure!

  48. That place looks so pretty to visit. That is awesome that you can get a season pass.

  49. This place is stunning! When I was younger, I opted for places with high tourist traffic, like shopping centers and other activities you can do in a busy city. Now that I am older, I long for places like this Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. It is outdoor adventures and nature trips that are more inviting to me now. Thank you for sharing your photos. They are awesome!

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