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LOST RIVER GORGE & BOULDER CAVES OPENS FOR ITS 161ST SEASON
Industry: Attractions       

The Lost River runs high in early May, thanks to the melting snowpack from the surrounding slopes of Kinsman Notch

(TRAVPR.COM) USA - May 6th, 2013 - North Woodstock, N.H. - Known for its natural beauty and hidden mysteries, the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves on Rte. 112 begins another season of family-friendly adventure on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

The Lost River runs high in early May, thanks to the melting snowpack from the surrounding slopes of Kinsman Notch. It affords visitors a thrilling experience as the roar of cascading waterfalls echo through the towering granite walls and glacial caves that make up Lost River Gorge.

This ancient wonder was formed some 25,000 years ago during the time when receding glaciers revealed what we know today as New Hampshire's White Mountains. "It's like taking a trip through a geological time tunnel," said Lost River General Manager, Kate Wetherell. "Our visitors can see up close how forces of nature worked, and are still working together to create this unique place. Caves, a river, waterfalls, beautiful scenery...it's got all that and more."

Lost River Gorge was discovered by brothers, Royal and Lyman Jackman, in 1852. While on a fishing expedition, Lyman suddenly fell through a moss-covered hole, into a cave (later to be named "Shadow Cave") landing waist-deep in a pool of cold, clear water. The Jackman brothers continued their exploration finding many more caves. This mid-nineteenth century discovery makes Lost River Gorge one of New Hampshire's oldest attractions and in 2012, the attraction celebrated 100 years of ownership by the Society
for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Since 1967, the White Mountains Attractions Association has been operating and managing the popular tourist site.

The Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves will be open daily from May 11th through October 20th (weather permitting) for self-guided tours. On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th, every Mom receives a gift of a free admission with the purchase of a child's ticket and Dads get the same special treatment on Father's Day, June 16th. Guided "Lantern Tours" start Memorial Day Weekend, then are available weekend evenings from mid-June through early September when 11 caves are lit by glowing lanterns and boardwalks are illuminated by head lamps worn by nocturnal explorers who will enjoy s'mores around the campfire at the conclusion of the tour.

Sluice Mining, where everyone is guaranteed to find treasures to put into their gem mining bags, and the Ecology Trail and Nature Garden are popular "must-do's" for adults and kids. Daytime Tours with Interpretive Programs are available to groups, as well as the evening Lantern Tours. Visit www.lostrivergorge.com for detailed information and a complete schedule.

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