Natural Bridge Day Trip
Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County, Virginia is a great place for a day trip while you’re on Vacation in Virginia. I would list it in one of the top things to see in Virginia. Being less than 2 miles from I-81, it’s a quick stop off to see a magnificent sight and it’s wonderful for every age and capability. Amazingly it is wheelchair accessible. It’s reasonably priced at $8 for adults, $6 for children 6-12. There are no senior discounts.
You begin in the neoclassical style building reminiscent of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. It’s no wonder since he was the original owner during the time of the colonies having purchased the land from King George. No one else was interested in this 157 acres because it was unfarmable. Jefferson said of the beautiful Natural Bridge:
If you choose to walk down to Natural Bridge, you will follow the creek the whole way. There are small waterfalls, ancient arborvitae trees, and places on the sturdy stairs to pause and take photos and observe nature. It is not a difficult walk down, but you can take the bus down to Natural Bridge if you would like. We did take the bus back up–which many people do.
The beauty and magnificence of Natural Bridge cannot be captured by a camera or an artists brush. So many have tried over the years. We tried! But I give you just a little teaser so that you will want to go for yourself. Note how tiny the people are below.
I think that one of the things that is so breath-taking about Natural Bridge is that there is no warning as to what you are going to see. You drive up to a colonial style building, walk down a nature walk, turn the corner and BAM!
As you pass under the bridge, be sure to look to the left to find George Washington’s initials carved 30 feet up the side. He was the original surveyor of the land as a young man.
On the other side of the Natural Bridge is a seating used for classes, tour groups, and weddings.
The path continues to follow the creek and if you continue on you will come to the Monacan Indian Village. Somehow we missed that it was there and turned around too soon. When we took our kids 15+ years ago, the Monacan Indian Village wasn’t there.
There are some six miles of trails in this park with sites that include Lace Falls and an old Salt Peter mine that was used to make ammunition in the War of 1812.
So that you don’t miss anything or to plan your trip to Natural Bridge State Park, you can download a map of Natural Bridge, Monacan Village, Lace Falls, Walking Trails Map here.
There are so many wild flowers, plants, trees and bugs to observe. Here’s a little leaf bug I found along the path. Be sure to take your camera or phone.
You really could spend the whole day at the park if you choose. We wanted to get something to eat at the Pink Cadillac Diner, so we left time for that. The Pink Cadillac Diner is a 1950’s-style diner dedicated to Elvis Presley and that time period. The meals were very good, but the fries were fantastic! If you go there, you must try them–soft on the inside but crispy on the outside. Mmm! The Pink Cadillac Diner is a fun way to end your Natural Bridge Day Trip!
Things to Do for Your Natural Bridge Day Trip
We brought our three children here when they were young and we combined seeing Natural Bridge with the Wax Museum and Virginia Safari Park. The Wax Museum burned down some years ago and was not replaced. There is SO much to do in a day at Natural Bridge, that you would need to make it several days to do them all. Here is a list of links I have compiled for you.
Have you been to Natural Bridge?
What was your favorite thing about it? What was your favorite thing to do in the area? I would love to hear from you in the comments!