Natural Bridge State Park
Natural Bridge State Park
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Leigh Coleman H
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature's Wonders
    Natural Bridge, VA, is located very near the Blue Ridge Parkway so it is well worth visiting both places if you love the outdoors. There is a very nice gift shop and light food service on site. A wonderful old hotel is directly across the street. The pathway to the Natural Bridge lines a creek where you can see plenty of fish, snakes, birds, butterflies and beavers. Local wildflowers are also plentiful. It is a bit of a hike, especially coming back up the hill, so anyone with a health disability may want to use the Park employee access which is available upon request. ♿
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • mountbike
    North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than expected
    After living in VA for a loong time I had never visited Natural Bridge. Took a trip down and was pleasantly surprised. Easy to access of Hwy 81. Plenty of available parking the day we went. Large shop and a cafe ( did not dine ) $9 ea admission. I believe it’s 150 stairs to viewing area. My wife has mobility issues so we thought she wouldn’t be able to go. The ranger arranged for us to drive down a small access road that takes you to a very small parking area at the bottom of the stairs. Here there is another small store and picnic area. It’s a short walk on a paved walkway to view the bridg Plenty of benches to relax on. Would recommend if your in the area. 2 hrs would be more than enough to view. Also additional hiking in the area
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Richard C
    796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As good as it gets
    I've been wanting to go here for years and finally seized the time to do so. The bridge itself is spectacular when you go round a bend in the path and it's there. What a natural splendor. I was there early in the day, so there weren't too many folks around which made it even more spectacular. I now tell myself that I have to return in the fall to see it in a different season. There is a walk down to a waterfall which was fine, but the real attraction is Natural Bridge, one of this country's finest wonders.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Cloud Chaser
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural Beauty
    Amazing place to walk beautiful trails and find breathtaking views. There are parts where you'll be walking vigorously uphill, so just remember that if you're not a huge fan of walking uphill. I visited in the month of July which made the experience a little less ideal since the weather gets very hot and there are a lot of families and tourists visiting at once. This makes the visitor center areas seem more like busy airports or Disney World at times. I would visit again but just when it's colder out and not during the height of tourist season. It was still a very great experience overall.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • carenjames c
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of nature's gifts
    Beautiful. Pleasant hike to the natural bridge. Not strenuous but stairs leading to the trail. The trail follows a beautiful creek to the bridge and beyond. At the end of the trail are some lovely waterfalls. We thoroughly enjoyed our little hike and then had a picnic once we were done. They have picnic tables at the beginning of the trail in a nice covered pavilion area. However, that was a rather inconvenient location as you had to tote your picnic stuff down the stairs and then back up the stairs. We chose to have our picnic on the outdoor patio on the backside of the huge gift shop. Great gift shop with reasonable prices. They had a little of everything.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Kathie
    Media, Pennsylvania1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A surprisingly lovely place close to interstate
    It is a beautiful formation. Definitely worth the time to stop and enjoy. It is easily accessible to those who use walkers. Do not be deterred by the description of multiple steps to have access. You can tell the ranger at the welcome center that you need to park close to the bridge and they will tell you how to do it. You’ll need to pay the fee first.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • gatormotherof2
    Washington DC, District of Columbia510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthy visit
    A quick and worthy side trip off 81N from a long weekend in Asheville, NC back to the mudslinging city of DC. An awesome and unexpected site and a state park w/a$9.00 p/p entrance fee which would include various other trails/sites. Take your time, stop, enjoy and note the careful graffiti of the time/era - painstaking chiseling.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Jill
    New Jersey757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Wow, this place is gorgeous! I am so glad we stopped to explore. It is $9/person and they allow pets, which is awesome! Some cool spots to explore, loved the hidden river! The waterfall is a bit of a letdown, but everything else is gorgeous! Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Rita S
    Melbourne, Florida1,855 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Absolutely gorgeous place. Bring water bottle, walking shoes, insect repellent, walking stick. Trails, streams, falls, bridge, cave, footpaths. Stairs entering and exiting park — steep climb back up. Enjoyable walk on trails along stream. Amply parking. Free parking. Calm, peaceful, scenic park. Sitting areas to view bridge. Sitting area to view falls. Gift shop. Friendly staff. Modest entrance fee into park. Beautiful place. Fantastic visit. Fascinating bridge.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Kuntrykruisers
    Jefferson, Georgia1,092 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ride the chairlift
    We were passing thru and decided to check the park out. The chairlift to the top offered some amazing views. Very relaxing. Be prepared, it's a 25 min ride each way. There's several trails at the top. One leads you to the bridge and another to an overlook of the bridge. Spectacular views of the rock outcroppings. Ooga booga 😎
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
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AllitheTraveler
Seaford, DE47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited the natural bridge on a rainy day during one of our road trips. It was $8 per person to walk about 10 minutes to the bridge, which was completely worth it. I wish we could’ve stayed longer, but we only had a short amount of time. Absolutely breathtaking!
Written 3 January 2020
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Kaitlin O
88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Natural Bridge is stunning! It’s definitely a place I’d wanted to see, but I personally feel like once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it. The only reason I had to take off a star was because of the amount of people/foot traffic. Granted we went on a Saturday, early morning but I would recommend trying to catch this place through the week instead if possible to avoid the mobs of people.
Written 29 June 2020
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Allison R
Elmwood Park, NJ4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
One of nature’s best creation. The natural bridge was truly majestic and the pictures needs no filter. Lots of green everywhere. It was 95F, super hot which made the kids a little cranky. They had fun dipping their feet and hands in the little creek. Other families are on their swimsuit and took a dip in the water. We saw lots of little fishies in the water and a water snake.. kids were so tired especially cause of the heat, they Wanted to be carried back to the entrance. :( we were all tired but it was definitely memorable experience.
Written 22 July 2020
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Crystal H
West Virginia, United States69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is somewhere I have wanted to come for several years now. We stopped here on our way to NC. It is very nice! There are a good many steps down in and then back out. It is not as terrible as I thought it would be though. It is a little expensive, but it is worth it if you keep walking and find the waterfall. Almost all of the trail is shaded which is nice. The water was very low because it hadn't rained for a long time when we visited. I imagine it's a lot prettier when the water is higher. I would definitely recommend visiting here.
Written 28 August 2021
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oceanview1
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Natural bridge in my opinion is not a destination place to visit, but if you are passing by going someplace and it's not too far out of your way I would definitely recommend stopping. It truly is an amazing piece of nature and to see it in person is not the same as seeing it in pictures. The admission price is very reasonable. They have a nice visitor center that is well stocked with souvenirs as well as a small Cafe type place although I guess that cafe is only open during the busy summer tourist months. Disappointing that they didn't even have bottles of water or grab and go for folks to grab. I visited in March and it was not open. There are restrooms in the visitor center before you start your tour but there is also another restroom at the natural bridge point itself as well as another small gift shop. If you have any mobility or walking issues I would not recommend this. There are quite a few steep steps that you need to go down to the bridge and back up to the visitor center. Once you are at the natural bridge though it is a very pleasant relatively flat walk. The natural bridge itself of course is the main attraction but if you continue on the walk there is also a saltpeter mine, a replica native American Indian village, a Lost River opening, and a small waterfall. Again keep in mind if you're not going during the spring or summer season the native American Indian village will probably not be open or have any actors there. It was actually quite depressing to see the little village just bare brown sticks with nothing going on. The entire path is I believe just over a mile one way so figure a little over 2 miles back and forth. Again if you have the chance to see it in the warmer months I strongly recommend that over the winter months as I'm sure it is much more beautiful with all the greenery from the trees and shrubs rather than the bare Brown sticks everywhere. I've seen pics of the natural bridge in the summer months and it is much more beautiful to look at and to take photos of when it is green rather than bare. I was there during the day but if I'm correct they do a nightly light show at the bridge. There are benches set up for people to sit and watch it. Not sure if that program runs year round or just in the warmer summer months. All the park rangers that I had interaction with were very friendly. Family and kid friendly. I tried to find George Washington's initials but I did not see them. I think it would be very helpful to have some sort of sign or arrow something to direct your eyes to where it is approximately.
Written 14 March 2023
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akt85
Madison190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Natural Bridge is just five minutes off I-81. The park is a nice diversion off the interstate. Very impressive seeing the Natural Bridge. A park official was kind enough to show me where George Washington carved his initials into the rock at Natural Bridge.

My mom was unable to walk down the stairs to the Natural Bridge. Even on a busy Saturday afternoon, the park ranger was able to get us a spot at the bottom of the hill near the entrance. There are three handicapped spots and two-non handicapped spots for those needing special parking who can’t make it down the stairs.

Although there were a few people not wearing masks, for the most part, people obeyed the mask requirement in the park. Be sure not to miss the observation spot near the visitor’s center of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Written 5 November 2020
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lkis229
Southington, CT568 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This state park in the winter offers limited hours for the light show but the hiking in the park is easy and interesting. The bridge is a natural formation that is a short walk from the entrance. At certain times of the year they offer an evening light show but during the winter they only do it on certain dates, and we missed it. There is a charge to get to into the park which I think is a little steep particularly if you want to bring children. There are also Caverns which are closed in the winter during the week.
Written 8 February 2020
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Hokie67
Lexington, VA1,088 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We met our daughter and grandkids here for a masked social distanced 'greeting' the Friday after Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful fall day.

The parking lot was almost full at 1:00 PM, but the line for tickets was short. You have to walk down 137 steps to get to the entrance. That means you have 137 steps to walk back up at the end! Mostly people were coming up the steps as we were going down.

Almost immediately after you present your tickets to the ranger, you come upon the creek, which flows under the 'Bridge'. Then you look up and Voila!!! the 'Bridge' is towering over you. And it's a great vantage point to take photos. One thing you'll notice is that there are trees everywhere... along both sides of the creek and on top of the 'Bridge'.

We spent about an hour going up the trail along side of the creek and back. All told we were in the park for about 1 1/2 hours as we paused several times to take in the vistas.

It's kinda amazing that this site is practically in our back yard about 12 miles from where we live.

There is a nice gift shop at the Visitors Center with clean indoor rest rooms.

We had fun. Note: that it's a great place for repeat visits... and to take friends and family.
Written 1 December 2020
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jmb
8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This looked SO amazing that we decided to add it to our itinerary. We arrived and spoke to the lovely lady at the Tourist info desk. She was the only person that informed us of the 134 very steep steps to the bridge. I have knee ligament damage but decided to give it a go so lined up to get out tickets. The person who served us (cashier 9208) was not at all friendly, in fact she was quite rude. We have an 'America the Beautiful' annual pass and we noticed on the drive in that this park was affiliated with the nps so asked if we received a cheaper rate, she was extremely rude about this and told us we could not get in free, we did not ask this at all. She then checked the $100 bill we gave her 5 times and then very reluctantly took it and literally threw the change at us. An extremely rude and ill mannered person. There are so many disabled parking bays but what is the point, many disabled people are not able to enjoy the bridge as they cannot get to it! and after all that, the indian village is not open :( A very poor experience.
Written 23 May 2023
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Tiffany H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Our family stopped at Natural Bridge as an "adventure stop" on our way from Florida to DC. The day was overcast with intermittent misty rain and the temperature was about 40 degrees. Upon entering the Park store we discovered a very large space with a vast assortment of goods for purchase. The kids used the bathrooms, we paid admission, and bundled up for our adventure. As instructed we ventured down the 127 steps to the next ranger who would check our admission ticket. She gave us information about the hike under the bridge and to the waterfall which was just the right length for us to take the kids. We began our walk and just before the bridge, we took some photos. Another ranger from the same building jogged towards us and offered to take photos of the whole family, so unexpected and so wonderful! We had only been at this park for about 20 minutes and had already encountered 3 very friendly rangers. I was one happy mama. We continued our walk discovering lots of interesting things along the way including a cave, some historic elements, and of course, the waterfall. Although.... the Bridge itself would have been enough to keep my interest. To end our adventure, we spent some time by the large fire at the ranger station. The fire was incredibly warm and necessary on this cold wet day. There was yet another lovely ranger keeping the fire going.

I would love to visit this park again in another season and see the difference. My kids were pleasantly intrigued by all of the things that they saw and especially enjoyed the fire!
Written 31 January 2023
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