Today the bridge spans the bubbling hudson brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60 foot gorge one. 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.
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Natural bridge state park. Natural bridge state resort park and square dance caller jane bolin invite you on saturdays from may through october to hoedown island for some easy to learn appalachian square dancing line dancing two stepping polka s waltzes and other couple and individual dances. We arrived at this state park and found that we were the only people in the parking lot. The warm up dance starts at 6 30 pm and the regular dance program.
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. Natural bridge state park is home to the only natural white marble arch in north america. Natural bridge state park.
6477 s lee hwy natural bridge va 2457 8 phone. Near the bridge is a rock shelter used by native people when the glacier was melting 11 000 years ago. It is the only state monarch preserve in california.
Well worth the. At natural bridges late october and all of november is often the best time to go for a walk and observe the monarchs. This weathered formation was missed by the glaciers during the last ice age.
The monarch grove at natural bridges has been declared a natural preserve thus protecting these butterflies and their winter habitat from human encroachment or harm. However all trails are open to pets in the red river gorge area lodging campingmake the most of. 0 08 mi natural bridge hotel trademark collection by wyndham 1 92 mi the inn at forest oaks bed breakfast 3 31 mi yogi bear s jellystone park at natural bridge 3 98 mi natural bridge lexington koa 2 46 mi herring hall bed and breakfast.
Natural bridge state park has a natural sandstone arch created by the eroding effects of wind and water. Most trails at natural bridge are within a dedicated kentucky state nature preserve and pets are not permitted as a part of the management guidelines. Pets are not permitted on the natural bridge state resort park hiking trails except for the henson arch trail and whittleton trail.
It is surrounded by the daniel boone national forest and adjacent to the red river gorge national geologic area. Natural bridge is a 2 200 acre forested park and nature preserve with 22 miles of trails a 60 acre lake two campgrounds lodging and dining facilities. The 37th state park was dedicated on september 24 2016 and was listed on the national register of historic places as a national historic landmark in 1988 the 215 foot tall natural bridge is a limestone gorge carved out by cedar creek.
Hotels near natural bridge state park. The bridge opening is 25 feet high by 35 feet wide. The hiking trails are not well marked but the natural bridge is easy to find.
State highway c is closed off of route 12 but we used waze to find our way around the detour.