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Natural Bridge Virginia
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Hike past powerful waterfalls and descend into the deepest caves on the East Coast of America at this remarkable national historic landmark.

The Natural Bridge is North America’s largest natural land bridge. This dramatic limestone arch was slowly carved by Cedar Creek over thousands of years. Admire this impressive arch and enjoy the many attractions that surround it. Go for a walk along the scenic Cedar Creek Trail, venture below the earth’s surface to the Caverns at the Natural Bridge and visit the site in the evening to see a beautiful sound-and-light show.

The 215-foot (65-meter) bridge was revered by the Monacan Native American tribe who named it “The Bridge of God.” It is said that the bridge was surveyed in 1750 by George Washington, who supposedly carved his name into the rock. Later Thomas Jefferson owned it. To reach the bridge, follow the trail downhill from the visitor center. Look for the remains of a 1,500-year-old arbor vitae tree along the way. If you don’t feel like walking, use the convenient shuttle bus to reach the site.

Stroll along the Cedar Creek Trail, which extends beyond the bridge for about 1 mile (2 kilometers). Developed in 1926, this picturesque trail leads along its namesake creek to reach Lace Falls, a spectacular 30-foot (9-meter) waterfall. During your walk, be alert for birds such as the Louisiana waterthrush and butterflies including the eastern comma.

Tour the Caverns at the Natural Bridge, which stretch down 34 stories below the earth’s surface. These 45-minute tours provide the opportunity to see underground lakes and impressive naturally carved rooms as well as interesting cave formations including stalactites and stalagmites.

Return to the bridge in the evening to watch its famous sound-and-light show. Possibly the longest continuously running light show in the country, it has been held every night since 1927. This Biblically themed show features a narration of the Seven Days of Creation accompanied by stirring music and dazzling lighting effects.

The Natural Bridge is 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Lexington. The bridge is open daily. Be aware that many of the surrounding attractions are only open seasonally. An admission fee is required. Experience a day of exciting outdoor activities at the Natural Bridge.

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Natural Bridge Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Natural Bridge Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
15 Appledore Ln, Natural Bridge, VA
The price is $84 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Natural Bridge Virginia and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Natural Bridge Zoo. Virginia Safari Park and Washington ...

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"Right across the road from the Natural Bridge Park. Very friendly staff, good restaurant, nice room."…"

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Less Than 2 Miles From James River, Hiking Trails and Trout Fishing Nearby!
Glasgow, VA
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Situated on the waterfront, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Natural Bridge State Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Natural Bridge Virginia. Jefferson ...

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Wonderful Fall Getaway

"We really enjoyed our stay. The house was exceptional clean and decorated nicely. It was stocked very well. The rec room was enjoyed on the rainy day we had. The mountain views were wonderful. Great location of property to the Natural Bridge Park . Owners communication was very informative and ..."…"

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Tom's Cabin at Poague Run
Tom's Cabin at Poague Run
Natural Bridge, VA
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Situated in a rural location, this historic cabin is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Natural Bridge State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Virginia Safari Park and Natural ...

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"We enjoyed our stay very much. The cottage is clean and comfortable. We loved that it was pet friendly. There are lots of outdoor games to be enjoyed in the large yard area. The cottage was very close to the Natural Bridge and a convenient general store. It was the perfect spot for a short family ..."…"

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Natural Bridge Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Natural Bridge Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
15 Appledore Ln, Natural Bridge, VA
The price is $84 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
Natural Bridge Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Less Than 2 Miles From James River, Hiking Trails and Trout Fishing Nearby!
Less Than 2 Miles From James River, Hiking Trails and Trout Fishing Nearby!
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Less Than 2 Miles From James River, Hiking Trails and Trout Fishing Nearby!
Tom's Cabin at Poague Run
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Natural Bridge, VA
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1926 C&O Guest Caboose
Natural Bridge, VA
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2 out of 5
4852 South Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge, VA
The price is $45 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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4331 South Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge, VA
The price is $45 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 25
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Lexington, VA
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Lexington, VA
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2.5 out of 5
401 E Nelson St, Lexington, VA
The price is $76 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
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