North Woodstock, NH- Winter's snow has finally melted, reawakening the mountain landscape in Kinsman Notch. Budding trees, rushing water, and chirping birds signify the start of Spring at Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, open daily May 10. This is the 167th season for the popular attraction often referred to as one of New Hampshire's most scenic natural wonders.
"Exploring Lost River Gorge is always an adventure, especially now through early Summer, when melting snow and Spring showers raise the water level," said Philip Mayo, Manager of the attraction. "The river is rushing and pop-up waterfalls are everywhere."
"Most of the snow melted from our yards weeks ago, so visitors may be surprised to learn that we've still been busy clearing snow from the depths of the gorge and in the boulder caves. Visitors can expect to see some ice in the shadowy recesses of the Gorge over the coming weeks," said Mayo.
Lost River, whose rushing waters disappear under boulders and reemerge in the gorge, is the foundation of the attraction which was first discovered by two young brothers in 1852. Recent additions to the property include an "Out of the Gorge" expansion featuring a ¼ mile forest adventure trail with a rustic treehouse, black bear carvings, overlooks, and a suspension bridge. Last year, the attraction opened a giant bird nest viewing platform which allows visitors to look out across a forest that stretches as far as the eye can see.
May 10 also marks the start of specials and events at Lost River Gorge. For Mother's Day weekend, every Mom receives the gift of free admission with the purchase of a child's ticket, and Dad is offered the same special treatment on Father's Day weekend, June 17 and 18.
The popular Evening Lantern Tours begin Memorial Day weekend, as do the live animal presentations with a naturalist which are held in partnership with Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. The attraction will also host a Yoga in the Woods series, which begins at the end of June. Visit LostRiverGorge.com for additional details and a complete schedule.
Lost River is open from 9 am to 5 pm (last ticket sold 4 pm) through June 30. Summer hours - 9 am to 6 pm (last ticket sold at 5 pm) - run July and August. Hours of operation then return to 9 am to 5 pm (last ticket sold 4 pm) through closing day on October 20.
Photo Credit: Emily Lord-Forest Society