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Natural Bridge Displays Nature's Artwork

Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
The Natural Bridge, located in Rockbridge County, Virginia, is one of the oldest attractions in the entire country and has been visited by George Washington and marched across by soldiers during the Civil War.

Thomas Jefferson loved Natural Bridge so much that he purchased the land it sits on and built a cabin that he used as a retreat.

Today the site, which is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, continues to draw visitors from around the country. It is one of the better known natural attractions in Virginia on the I-81 corridor along with Luray Caverns.

As the name implies, this is a natural formation. The waters of Cedar Creek have peeled away at the layers of limestone creating the arch known as Natural Bridge.

It is a site that is made more picturesque by the Blue Ridge Mountains that serve as a backdrop to the Bridge.

The Natural Bridge is the main attraction in this area, but those who visit will also find many other things to do and see. A visit to Natural Bridge, Virginia is a perfect choice for families and for those who enjoy spending time outdoors.

The Blue Ridge Mountains offer gorgeous hiking trails. You’ll also find the opportunity for white water rafting, fishing, horseback riding and more.

Be sure to bring along your camera. It seems like everywhere you turn in this beautiful town are sights that you’ll want to capture on film to enjoy later.

Nearby Attractions

Many other attractions are located near the Natural Bridge. A few of the most popular are listed below.

Wax Museum and Factory: See fabulous wax creations and watch artisans as they make new pieces.

Drama of Creation: This popular theatrical production tells the Bible’s story of Creation.

Monacan Native American Village: The Natural Bridge was an important site to the Monacan tribe. Today you can visit a recreation of a Monacan Village. Guides conduct presentations about Monacan life throughout the day and answer visitor questions.

Butterflies at the Bridge: A beautiful indoor butterfly garden. Note: This attraction is only open seasonally, so call 800-533-1410 ahead of your visit to see if it will be open.

Natural Bridge Caverns: The caverns at Natural Bridge are some of the largest on the East Coast. The caverns, opened to the public in 1977, descend more than 34 stories deep. Guided tours are available and last 45 minutes. Tourists can see cavern structures such as the Colossal Dome room, Mirror Lake, the Well Room and the Canyon Room’s stalactites and stalagmites.

Access is convenient for anyone planning to visit or just travelling through the area. It is 13 miles south of Lexington just off I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley. Look for signs on the highway indicating the upcoming exit to take.

Some of the Natural Bridge can be seen from the roadway, but to get a good look you will need to purchase a ticket.

Hours and Location

Hours: Natural Bridge: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Caverns: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Natural Bridge
Address: 15 Appledore Lane, 24578
Telephone: (800) 533-1410
Web site:
Cost: Bridge tickets are $19 for adults and $11 for children 5 to 12 years old. Bridge and caverns combination tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for children.
Latitude: 37.632191
Longitude: -79.54403
Categories > Shenandoah Valley > Natural

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