Natural Bridge State Park
Natural Bridge, VA

Park size: 1,540.22 acres.

HISTORY:
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 newest Virginia State Park is more than just the bridge. Beautiful forests, open, 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.

THINGS TO DO:
More than 6 miles of hiking trails wind through the park providing a glimpse of nature. The Cedar Creek Trail is universally accessible and goes under the Natural Bridge to the Monacan Village, Lost River and Lace Falls. The nearly 2 miles of Buck Hill Trail and more than 3 miles of the Monacan Trail offer spectacular views of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. Pack a lunch to take along and enjoy many scenic vistas. Cedar Creek Trail access beyond the bridge is limited during winter; call before arriving for details.

 



CONTACT INFO:
Natural Bridge State Park
6477 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
Phone: 540-291-1326
Email: NaturalBridge@dcr.virginia.gov

LOCATION: From I-81, take exit 175 or 180A to U.S. 11 and follow signs to the park.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, three and a half hours; Richmond, two hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, four hours; Roanoke, 30 minutes.

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK

Visit at: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-bridge#general_information