Hey, guys! Before my husband and I left Washington D.C. to move to Florida, we made a list of attractions we had to see before we left. At the top of the list for my husband was Natural Bridge State Park. I can’t say I was too thrilled to visit because I assumed it was just another state park with beautiful scenery. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Not only was I blown away by the 215-foot tall natural bridge, but I had no idea the park was so rich in history. The natural bridge is made out of limestone and was naturally carved away over time by Cedar Creek.
The bridge was formally owned by Thomas Jefferson. At the entrance of the park is a visitor’s center that contains a lot of for souvenirs for those who enjoy picking up t-shirts to commemorate their visits. This is also where you will purchase tickets which are $6 for children ages 6-12 and $8 for people 13 years and older. Once you purchase your tickets, you are able to walk down some stairs where there is a small museum that will tell you more about the history. For example, historians believe George Washington visited the site when has worked as a surveyor and proof of this can be seen by the carved initials “G.W.” on the side of the bridge about 23 feet up. When you leave the visitors center to the entrance of the park, you have to walk down several stairs. However, there is a shuttle that can take you down if you are unable to make the walk. When you reach the bottom, there is a ranger that will check your tickets and allow you to proceed along the path that takes you along Cedar Creek. As you approach the bridge, there are hard hats provided if you have a fear of falling rocks. I didn’t realize how breathtaking the bridge was until my husband and I were standing underneath it.
It is absolutely incredible to think the bridge was carved out naturally from the creek over a long period of time. After walking under the bridge, we continued down the trail where we saw several beaver dams. We were able to even see some of the baby beavers swimming around.
The scenery was beautiful and the walk down the trail was so peaceful. There was a waterfall at the end of the trail that was beautiful as well.
If you have never heard of the Virginia Natural Bridge State Park or have never visited, I would highly recommend making the trip. It doesn’t take a long time to walk the entire trail and it is worth seeing this bridge.