Natural Bridge State Park, North Adams

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Natural Bridge State Park is a Massachusetts state park located in the city of North Adams in the northwestern part of the state. The park's chief feature, for which it is named, is the only natural white marble arch/bridge in North America. Visitors can also view the remains of an abandoned marble quarry.HistoryThe bedrock marble from which the natural bridge was created is estimated to be some 550 million years old. Water from glacial runoff began carving the arch after the last Ice Age, 13,000 years ago.The site of a marble quarry from 1810 to 1947 and a privately owned tourist attraction from 1950 to 1983, the site became a state park in 1985. The arch and associated quarry have long attracted attention from hikers, including author Nathaniel Hawthorne who visited in 1838.Hudson BrookThe Mohawk Indians that lived, hunted, and fished in the area possibly saw no gain in naming the small brook, but when an explorer for the Massachusetts fort stumbled upon the many caves and rock formations he took it upon himself to aptly name Hudson Brook; forever paying homage to himself. Lieutenant Seth Hudson was stationed at Fort Massachusetts in 1759 and discovered what is today known as Hudson Brook around 1760 when he relocated out to the Western Massachusetts/Vermont border. Hudson was later one of the founders of the southern Vermont town of Pownal.Hudson Brook is responsible for many of the marble formations that can be seen at the Natural Bridge. The brook cascades down a marble maze and eventually makes its way through a cave known as Hudson Cave. This natural wonder was one of several locations in the Berkshires noted in the journal of Nathaniel Hawthorn which was eventually published under the title The American Note-books.
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  • The park road was closed at the base, so we walked the 300 yds. up-grade to the old quarry. Good interpretive guides posted. Good access to the natural bridge -- it forms a deep and narrow chasm throu...  more »
  • A beautiful site and fascinating history. A lot of thought apparently went into providing the pathways and stairs that allow a visitor to see and appreciate the beauty and history of this place. Also,...  more »
  • We had a great time here. Nice family and friends outing with picnic tables available. Has some historical significance to the area and some really nice hiking/walking trails and paths. The water flowing through the chasm is very nice, but make sure to check out the old marble quarry and the marble damn. It's the only white marble damn in North America 👍
  • Great little park with easy, short hikes, excellent facilities, and some amazing history. Practically in North Adams and family friendly to boot. Well worth a stop--especially if you can drop by at sunset to catch the Mass MoCA sound installation in the quarry.

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