Natural Bridge State Park, Virginia

Natural Bridge State Park

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 newest Virginia State Park is more than just the bridge. Beautiful forests, open, 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.

George Washington surveyed the rock bridge, and Thomas Jefferson liked it so much he purchased it from King George III in 1774. 

“The most sublime of nature’s works” 

–Thomas Jefferson.


LEXINGTON, Virginia - November 17, 2018 - This is one of the top reasons Caroline and I are on the road — to see sights like these in our 'Bigger Back Yard'. Today we we treated to waterfalls, a cave and a spectacular natural arch. 

Besides the natural beauty of this park we really were taken by a living history display.  Natural Bridge and the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia partnered to construct a living history Native American Village complex which depicts a step back in time to see what life was like in a typical Native American Village thousands of years ago. 

We hope you enjoy the photos. Much more to come, plus a video series as we continue to travel across America!