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Natural Bridge State Park

The TRACK Trail at Natural Bridge State Park follows the Skyline Trail, named for its stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 0.6 mile trail takes you to the overlook on Jefferson Point. On your hike, you’ll walk through habitat that supports many types of animals and plants. You may see deer, red tailed hawks, wild turkeys, bluebirds, and grasshoppers. Keep an eye out for pollinators like bees and butterflies among the milkweed, butterfly weed, and black-eyed susans.

Nearby is the 215-foot tall Natural Bridge, a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek, with surrounding forests and rolling meadows that showcase the area’s karst terrain, and vistas of surrounding mountains and the James River valley. You can 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.

Later in 2020, you'll be able to visit the Nature Explore Outdoor Playground, located near the TRACK Trail.

 

Keywords: Natural Bridge, Virginia, VA, State Park, Roanoke, Lexington, Lynchburg

Track an adventure here

Location Details

Recreational Features: Interpretive Programs
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center
ADA Compliant: Partial
Seasonality: Open all year

Adventures for Natural Bridge State Park

Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.60
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.60
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to frog hops, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Hiking

Flower Power

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.60
Many flowers depend on relationships with pollinators to reproduce. Use the clues in this brochure to see how a flower’s size, shape, color and smell have the power to attract unique pollinators.
Hiking

Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.60
The Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues. 

Directions

6477 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
Latitude: 37.628887200000
Longitude: -79.545158300000

Keywords: Natural Bridge, Virginia, VA, State Park, Roanoke, Lexington, Lynchburg

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation.

The Skyline Track Trail is made possible by a partnership between Kids in Parks, the Virginia Division of State Parks and the Friends of Natural Bridge State Park, with grant funds from Dominion Power and the Garden Club of Virginia.