Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Bridge

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Admire Natural Bridge State Park, a tree-lined natural rock arch spanning a gorge in the mountainous terrain of western Virginia. Over the 19th and 20th centuries, this carved-out rock formation measuring 66 m (215 ft) high, and 27 m (90 ft) wide was known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Thomas Jefferson so greatly admired the natural landmark that he purchased the bridge in 1774 from the King of England for 20 shillings. After admiring the bridge, take a stroll down the Cedar Creek Trail, which runs for about one 1.6 km (1 mi), and passes near the Cedar Creek Cafe. To plan Natural Bridge vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • It was a nice winter day when we went. The bridge is pretty and very tall. It is very interesting history there, We enjoyed the trail and the bridge itself. There are lots of steps there on the paid.....  more
    It was a nice winter day when we went. The bridge is pretty and very tall. It is very interesting history there, We enjoyed the trail and the bridge itself. There are lots of steps there on the paid.....  more »
  • Took the grandkids, they loved the walk to and thru the bridge to the falls. Lots of steps going down and coming back! 
    Took the grandkids, they loved the walk to and thru the bridge to the falls. Lots of steps going down and coming back!  more »
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  • Stopped here to break up East coast drive. Well worth it! My teen sons enjoyed it and that's saying something! Pulled into lot of guest center. Lots of gifts available including work from local artists. Bought tickets then went outside to stairs that descend into park. They have a shop at the bottom where you can purchase tickets, snacks, themed gifts, and drinks. They also provide seating with great views. Natural Bridge is a few steps away from shop. If you'd like, you can continue on their scenic trail with lots of markers to stop and enjoy with a waterfall at the end. Kids enjoyed playing in the water, salt mine, lost river, and wildlife. Seating provided along the paths every so often for resting. Gorgeous place to stop and enjoy!
  • I've wanted to see Natural Bridge since I was a little girl and it did NOT disappoint! Absolutely awe inspiring, beautiful, majestic. Any other superlatives you can think of to describe it! To be 100% honest, it's 167 steps down to the rangers station, then there's a nice walk on a paved pathway to the beautiful Bridge. Plenty of benches so you can sit & look at the Bridge, study it to your heart's content. Walk on farther down the pathway to see where George Washington carved his initials. The path ends at a waterfall, so keep going until you get there to see that! Take your time getting back up the steps, plenty of resting places on the way to the top. Lots to see in the Visitor's Center, be sure to check it out. There's an active beehive with glass sides so you can watch the bees at work. See if you can find the Queen Bee! There's a LOVE sign there that's definitely cool, & a painted cow too! All in all, this was an incredible natural wonder & definitely worthwhile!

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