Natural Bridge State Park

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Lace Falls

We visited the Natural Bridge in Virginia on our road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s not far off Interstate 81 and boasts a mile long trail under a 215 foot natural stone arch. The trail meanders past the ‘lost river’, a native American village replica and some waterfalls. There are also tours of the nearby Natural Bridge Caverns.

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This area is a National Historic Landmark. Thomas Jefferson purchased the 157 acre property from King George III for 20 shillings in 1774. It was a tourist attraction even back then. George Washington surveyed the area and carved his initials on the wall of the bridge, allegedly.

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George Washington’s Initials?

When we visited this site in 2013, it was under private ownership. In 2016, ownership transferred to the state of Virginia and became Natural Bridge State Park. Also in 2016, the new state park was designated an affiliated area by the National Park Service which provides for federal funding.

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The Lost River – water source unknown

Location: 6477 S Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
Designation: State Park, National Historic Landmark
Date designated/established: August 6, 1998
Date of my visit: August 16, 2013

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14 thoughts on “Natural Bridge State Park

  1. I remember visiting this park when it was a private enterprise. If I recall correctly, there was a light and music show at dusk, and it was entitled “Creation.” Anyone else recall this?

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