The marble of the natural bridge dates back approximately 550 million years and the shape of the arch is thought to have been formed by glacier melt over 13 000 years ago. Natural bridge state park discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acre park.
Natural bridge state park natural bridge state park is a massachusetts state park located in the city of north adams in the northwestern part of the state.
Natural bridge state park ma trail map. The natural bridge for which the park is named according to geologists is 550 million year old bedrock marble carved into an arch by the force of glacial melt water over 13 000 years ago. Address phone number natural bridge state park reviews. Past the cave balanced rock trail climbs up more steps to the balanced rock an.
Balanced rock trail get directions this is the steepest trail in the park with more than 600 stairs. There is a short walkway above and through the chasm plus another short wooded. Hours for natural bridge state park memorial day through columbus day sunday saturday.
At the trailhead hikers are immediately faced with a steep series of limestone steps leading to a small cave on the right side of the trail. Located off rte 8. Natural bridge state park is home to the only natural white marble arch in north america.
Today the bridge spans the bubbling hudson brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60 foot gorge one. One of the best places in new england to demonstrate the effects of glaciation. Natural bridge state park north adams.
The trailhead is located off of the sidewalk behind hemlock lodge. You may also take a tour of the marble quarry on site. The highlight of this park is a natural white marble arch giving the park its name.
According to geologists the park s namesake natural bridge made of 550 million year old bedrock marble was carved into its iconic arch by the forces of glacial melt water over 13 000 years ago. Examine the only naturally formed white marble arch and man made white marble dam in north america and tour an abandoned marble quarry. Named for its natural bridge of white marble unique in north america the park also offers woodland walks with views of a dam made of white marble and a picturesque old marble quarry.