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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