Natural Bridge State Park

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Natural Bridge State Park
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Geologic Formations
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Once owned by Thomas Jefferson and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 215-foot tall Natural Bridge is a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek. The park is more than just the bridge; beautiful forests and rolling meadows showcase the area’s karst terrain, and vistas of surrounding mountains and the James River valley display nature’s splendor. Access these via 6 miles of hiking trails, including the accessible Cedar Creek Trail that leads from the bridge to the Monacan Indian Village and Lace Falls with its 30-foot cascade. Living history programs connect you to the past and cover how people once used the area’s resources for survival and inspiration. Start at the visitor center where you will find exhibits and a gift shop. A shuttle from the visitor center to the bridge trail is available for those not wishing to take the stairs.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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torrie & Joey travel samurai
Baltimore, MD7 contributions
Worth getting off highway for
Nov 2021 • Couples
We had thought of driving out JUST to see this beautiful natural site , but decided to just use this as our last stop before heading back to the craziness of the DC Beltway. Worth it- we walked the steps down and took our time- I suggest switching out to he stroller for one of those kiddie back packs - that’s what I saw parents use- and the walking paths are easy access the views are amazing from banking brooks to cascades to looking up/across/over to see what nature carved in a mountain - wow! A gem we would have postponed seeing or didn’t see at all. If have those old brochures fir anything Virginia State Parks get them out and go- the gift store and travel center is huge and has classrooms downstairs with areas throughout the walking trails that I’m sure school use during the year. There are bathrooms and vending machines too but you go off to the left of building and behind to enter or descend down along the stream which over hundreds of years produced this glorious site- any weather this would be a great trip - be careful if there’s snow but I’m sure the meticulously maintained areas would accommodate - parking free as Veterans entry was free - check website for entry fee so much history Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are noted here - I won’t give their story away — enjoy
Written 1 December 2021
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Lynn C
Pine Lake, GA84 contributions
Pretty location, a little pricey for families
Nov 2021 • Couples
It was very beautiful, but I wish that they offered more discounts. We saw a military family who arrived about a half an hour before sunset who were charged full price although they had very little time to see the park. No military or senior discounts. Also, the admission is only good for one day, not 24 hours.
Written 23 November 2021
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Steven R
48 contributions
You gotta stop and see this one.
Nov 2021
You gotta stop and see this one. I've been through this area multiple times over the last forty years, but had never stopped. One reason I avoided it in the past was because of the costs when it was privately owned. It is now a state park and is reasonably priced. And, so finally made it, and WOW, it truly is impressive. My wife's mobility is limited and they accommodated her by allowing us to drive down to the bottom so we could avoid the long stairs leading down to the Natural Bridge.

One disappointing thing about the visit is that George Washington's signature on the bridge is difficult to see.

I personally would have liked to hike more of the trails, but could not because on time and my wife's limitations. I could spend some time here.
Written 15 November 2021
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Jennifer G
4 contributions
Beautiful!
Nov 2021
My family visited the Natural Bridge. The area is well maintained and clean. Saw many dogs being walked on the trail leading to the waterfall. Enjoyed our trip
Written 15 November 2021
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jd2870
Union, NJ17 contributions
Do not miss this place if you're driving down I-81
Nov 2021
I had no idea this place existed until I started to look for quick stops along I-81. We were there shortly after the park opened and basically had the place to ourselves for an hour or so. The natural bridge itself is absolutely stunning. The history of the area is a nice bonus. The trail to the waterfalls is a fairly easy walk along the river. I am not sure if they have handicaped entrance, but the only public entrance I am aware of is down a whole lot of stairs.
Written 12 November 2021
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Russell
Altoona, PA462 contributions
Very Peaceful
Oct 2021
This beautiful 215 high natural bridge is a wonder! It is $8 for adults to enter this VA State Park which was inducted in 2016. You pay at the gift shop which is large with many items and a small array of snacks, ice cream and drinks. After we saw the high bridge, the trail continues for 7 miles (according to the website) but I suspect the majority of visitors do not continue on for the trail. However, it is good to know you can make a workout out of it - if you wanted to. I would love to see it in every season. There is a small section of books as well for sale about VA.
Written 7 November 2021
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Tom
5 contributions
Awesome sight, taller than Niagara Falls
Oct 2021
Natural Bridge is part of many Peaceable Kingdom pictures and is the focus of an large exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or realistic paintings, photos, and drawings. The real thing exceeds all. It is conveniently located and has a welcoming staff. It is taller than Niagara Falls! And you stay dry.
Written 28 October 2021
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Chris B
Michigan455 contributions
Beautiful quick stop
Oct 2021
You don't really get the scale of this thing from photos it's HUGE! This was a great little stop on our trip but I wouldn't plan on spending any more than maybe an hour here. The arch is very close to the visitor center but you have to go down quite a few stairs to get there. After the arch the path continues to a waterfall and that's pretty much everything.
Written 27 October 2021
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Rose C
Dayton, OH82 contributions
Stunning place
Oct 2021 • Friends
The $9 adult entry fee is well worth the beauty you’ll see on the Natural Bridge trail alone. You walk along the stream,see the incredible arch, there’s a small cave and two waterfalls (not too much water when we went). There are picnic areas and rows of benches at the arch to sit and take it all in. Would definitely come back.
Written 26 October 2021
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Mountainman827
Custer, SD1,081 contributions
Worth the 150+ steps to walk to the arch.
Oct 2021
Amazing arch and history connected to it. Area owned by Thomas Jefferson and surveyed by George Washington. Trail closed beyond Salt Peter mine due to flooding. $9 each to walk to area below the arch. Spouse was going to buy something in their gift shop but you had to wait inline with those buying tickets (20 in front of her) to walk to the arch so gave up guess they don't want to sell anything, would have given them 5 stars otherwise.
Written 16 October 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM