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“Deemed the "Bridge of God" by the Monacan Indians”

The Natural Bridge of Virginia
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Owner description: Striking? Majestic? Visit the monumental National Historic Landmark & discover why photos don't do it justice, nor words describe it, and why the awe-struck Thomas Jefferson bought it. Follow the creekside trail to Lace Falls. Gather around Interpreters in the Monacan Indian Village. Make it a brief visit, or a day, or overnight on-site; packages available. Just 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway; off I-81, exits 175 & 180.
Reviewed November 7, 2013

According to the brochure, the Natural Bridge of Virginia was deeded by King George III in 1774 to "an awestruck" Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson is not the only awestruck person to see this natural wonder! Even though you can't see the bridge from the top, the exercise of walking down 137 steps from the Visitor Center to the entrance of the site was well worth it. For those unable or unwilling to take that trek there is a handicapped accessible shuttle bus service. After having your ticket stamped near the bus stop and food service center, you venture around a bend and down a path to a beautiful site! Stop, catch your breath, and photograph the view. The Bridge itself is worth the trip, but make sure you allow time to take the hike to the Indian Village, Lost River, and Lace Waterfalls. Extra time should be allowed if there are shoppers in your group. The gift shop at the Visitor Center is larger than some department stores! There is something for everyone! Although we did not visit the nearby hotel, it looked well maintained and inviting. There is a counter service type restaurant at the lower bus stop where you can enjoy a burger, hot dog, or grilled chicken sandwich with fries and a pickle while sitting outside near the water and also a more formal restaurant at the hotel. I agree with other reviewers that it is a shame that you have to pay to view nature's wonders, but the Natural Bridge is well maintained, clean, and accommodating so the price is worth it. There are several other attractions for all ages, such as the arcade, wax museum, butterfly exhibit, and the Caverns. Located just off I-81 and close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the attractions at the Natural Bridge of Virginia, are a worthwhile stop to spend a few hours closer to nature! Check out www.NaturalBridgeVA.com for more details. If you get a chance and are a AAA member, stop at a Mid Atlantic AAA office and purchase discount combo tickets until Dec. 2013. You will save about $10 per combo ticket, so it's like seeing the caverns for free.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Not overly priced at $37.78 for 2, it is a shame that there is a charge for something natural but so be it. The view is amazing and the walk onwards to the waterfall, past the Lost River and the reconstruction of an Indian Settlement was good. Saw wild turkeys by the riverside which is apparently not uncommon.

Nice to have a shuttle back up top. Usual touristy stuff in the gift shop and the hot chocolate in the "Deli" was weak and not particularly nice, still it was warm and wet!

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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

A great nature type walk, about 1 mile each direction. The natural bridge itself is breathtaking. To know that you are walking under a structure /rock formation dating millions of years is incredible! Its a peaceful walk alongside a creek all the way to the lace waterfalls. I expected a bigger waterfall; it's not that impressive if you have had the opportunity to visit other waterfalls. But all in all the walk is pleasant with plenty of benches to sit and rest a bit and just admire the natural beauty all around. My only somewhat negative is the cost: $20.99 per person to enter into this area. Lucky for us we have AAA so we were able to get a discount.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

This natural attraction is stunning. Large gift shop at entrance and convenient bus ride down to the bridge. Nice trail to hike through the bridge up to the waterfall. Can't believe it took me so many years to see this beautiful place!

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We saw the signs on I-81, so we deiced to stop by. The hike to the bridge is not bad if you don't mind walking down 137 steps. There is a shuttle to bypass the steps if you like. The Natural bridge was very interesting The hike to the falls is about a mile. The admission price was a bit high but can save if you have AAA. But the price includes the wax museum and the butterfly room.

Thank Kenny21NJ
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