Located just a few hours south of us in Rockbridge County, The Natural Bridge of Virginia has been included in numerous lists as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It has been visited by dignitaries, world leaders, famous authors, artists, and other celebrities since the 18th century when it was privately owned by Thomas Jefferson.
The Natural Bridge continues to be an amazing site! I was impressed with how big it was, even after seeing pictures. You don’t realize how tall it is until you are standing underneath.
You can even see George Washington’s initials carved into the rock from when he surveyed the land for Lord Fairfax, years before the Revolutionary War.
Following along the walking trail beneath the bridge you will eventually come to the Monacan living history exhibit, an authentic reproduction of an historic Native American village. Here, living historians dressed as members of the Monacan tribe will give you a first-hand look at everyday Native American life centuries ago.
Continuing further up the trail you will see the entrance to caverns and a scenic waterfall.
If you want to make your visit more than just a day trip you can stay at the historic Natural Bridge Hotel there at the property and visit other attractions nearby such as the Caverns at Natural Bridge, Virginia Safari Park, or the Natural Bridge Zoo.
The Natural Bridge is located off exit 180-A on I-81 just a few miles south of Lexington, Virginia. Admission is $20 for adults. Children ages 7-17 are $12 and children 6 and under are free.
Learn more about this beautiful location by visiting The Natural Bridge website.