2012 was a very special season as we celebrated the
100th Anniversary of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire
(SPNHF) acquisition of Lost River Reservation. That's right - the Forest
Society has now been involved in protecting this spectacular natural attraction for 100 years!
Lost River Gorge and 157 acres of surrounding forest are owned and
maintained by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
In 1912, the property was acquired by the Society when
its members learned the owner, Publishers Paper Company, planned
to harvest the timber from the entire site. By that time the Gorge
was being written about broadly, and had become a notable
attraction since its discovery in 1852 by two young brothers who were out fishing
along Lost River.
According to Forest Society spokesman Jack Savage, "An agreement was achieved
in which the owner donated the land to the newly formed Forest Society,
and volunteers raised $7,000 to purchase the standing timber". Lost
River is the first and oldest of the Forest Society's 174 properties
it maintains as forest reservation. Savage says "The setting is ideal
for the Forest Society since it offers a place where visitors can
see the work of the organization and learn about the natural world
of the North Country."
"Over the years, the number of visitors who
have come to appreciate the site as a special
and unique place has grown into the thousands,"
Savage says. "It's a cool place,
and so many people have been able to enjoy a wonderful outdoor experience." On
this centennial anniversary year, visitors can explore a new trail
that takes them above the gorge, passing an old-growth tree, a giant
pothole, and a vernal pool. New signs that include cave maps, photos,
and a timeline offer visitors a window into Lost River's geological
history, from its formation to the present day.
We hope to see you
up at Lost River again during the 2013 season!
We have a new trail - this 150 foot section of boardwalk is located just above
Paradise Falls. The new out & back trail takes you high above the river and offers views into the gorge and beyond. As you venture upward, see what an old growth tree looks like and discover a granite pothole created long ago by the whirl pool action of the raging river. Check out the vernal pool at the base of the pothole; you’ll find a variety of flora surviving here including
ferns and mosses. You’re not going to want to miss this opportunity to explore more of the natural beauty and ecology Lost River Gorge has to offer!
We've also replaced old
signs with new signage throughout the gorge including cave maps, photos, and descriptions. In addition, we expect to complete a timeline near the main entry area that will chronicle the formation of Lost River Gorge
with more detailed displays posted around Paradise Falls. Lost River
and The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests will
also work together to unveil a series of 3-D hands on displays stationed
along the Kinsman Notch Ecology Trail. The new signs will provide
families and school groups alike an opportunity to learn the natural
history and ecology of this unique area.
is astonishing during the day and is a whole new adventure at night!
The caves are lit by lanterns and boardwalks are lit by headlamps
(feel free to
bring your own or we will provide one for your use
during the tour. We also sell
headlamps in the gift shop). This guided
lantern tour takes about 1.5 hours and
begins at approximately 8:00pm.
When we are finished exploring, we hope you'll
join us around the
campfire for s'mores.
The Lantern tour runs on weekend nights from mid-June through early September.Advanced reservations with a valid credit card
are required. No shows - your credit card will be charged
the full price of the reservation. A minimum of 10 people are needed
to run the tour and the maximum capacity is 20 people. All reservations
must be made by 5pm on Friday before the tour by calling 603-745-8031.
All cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Check out our calendar of events for a complete lantern tour schedule!
$27 per person (ages 4 and up)
* Lantern tours are
NOT recommended for children under 5 years of age due to safety
Lost River Weather Tower
What is it?? In
2006 the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NH DOT) installed
a Road Weather Information System (RWIS) to collect and display data
from a network of pavement and atmospheric sensors. The data collected
is part of a network that provides up-to-date site-specific weather
and pavement conditions throughout the State. Lost River Gorge is
very fortunate to host
one of these technological weather stations; you'll find the station
located in our
upper parking lot.
In 2007, the DOT installed an on site informational display
to provide visitors with an opportunity
to learn about the information
collected. The latest RWIS atmospheric data collected from Lost
River Gorge is
available online at the NH DOT's website.Click
here to find out the current weather conditions in Kinsman Notch.
Photo Contest Details
a chance for your family to win free passes to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves! Spunky is asking you to send your favorite pictures taken at
Lost River Gorge- this includes you too kids! Spunky wants to see
the interesting things our little Spelunkers capture!
Photos may be current or from a while back. Do you have a picture taken
in the 1950's? And again in the 1980's? Perfect! Just send your pictures
Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell Spunky a little bit about your visit, the year the picture was
taken, who is in the picture, and your address. We'll
at the end of the 2013
The winner will be posted on our Facebook page and will receive a family pass
good for 2 adults and 2 children during the 2014 season. Check back
soon for more details!
NOTE: Photos will not be returned. By emailing
your photo, you grant Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves the nonexclusive
right to store and display the photograph indefinitely on its website
or other marketing materials at Lost River's discretion or when warranted.
Lost River Gorge & Boulder
1712 Lost River Road, Route 112W
North Woodstock, New Hampshire 03262