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Natural Bridge State Park - Natural Bridge, VA (Part 1)

While the main focus on our page is parks around the Triangle area, we’ve hoped to share amazing parks we visit on family trips to give y’all some travel inspiration. Now we’re excited to share our first destination park: Natural Bridge State Park in Virginia.

This absolutely incredible feat of nature, carved out by the creek that runs under it over hundred of millions of years, is only about 3-3.5 hours from the Triangle, which is about the same amount of time you might drive to go to NC’s mountains.

While this park has other trails, too, the Natural Bridge is found on the Cedar Creek Trail, a short, 0.8 mile out-and-back trail. The Bridge itself is only a 1/4 mile from the visitors’ center, but does require walking down a number of stairs (which you obviously then have to go back up 🥵).

Besides the Bridge, the trail also has a waterfall at the end (with a sitting area), a Monacan Native American Living History Exhibit, creek access, informational signs, and a few other beautiful pieces of nature. We found the trail overall was easily walkable. Even though it was only 0.8 miles, we were able to spend a whole morning there.

A few logistics:

* Not stroller or walking-impaired friendly due to the steps - HOWEVER, we did see 1 stroller and an older woman with a cane who was kicking my butt walking the trail, so can’t say it was entirely impossible.

* This is a Virginia State Park and there is an entrance fee. $9 for ages 13+, $6 for 3-12, and under 3 are free. Purchase tickets at the visitor’s center when it opens at 10am, and as early as 8am at the Trail Store, which is down the steps by the Natural Bridge.

* Plenty of parking, and the visitors’ center and trail store have bathrooms.

Natural Bridge is a site we discovered years ago and was a bucket list item that we were so thankful to be able to visit. It’s hard to include everything we saw and learned in this tiny post, so make sure to check out our Instastories for even more info about the park and out visit. We’ll also be making a second post about a few other attractions in the area, so stay tuned for that!

Have you ever been to see the Natural Bridge in Virginia? Let us know in the comments!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on May 19, 2021.)

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