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Easter Vacation – Day 3 of 5: Natural Bridge

Bob and I spent three nights (April 17-20) in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Waynesboro is located near where the Skyline Drive ends and the Blue Ridge Parkway begins.  Our original plan was to stay in Waynesboro for four nights, but we departed a day early.  I will explain why we left Waynesboro a day early in a future blog post.

The highlights on Day 3 (April 19) of our Easter vacation included Natural Bridge, a swinging bridge in Buchanan and driving the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This blog post provides photographs and details about our visit to Natural Bridge.

We awakened a little after 5:00 on Saturday morning, after a good night’s sleep. I showered and dressed, after reading the newspaper and having a cup of tea. We went to breakfast a little after 6:30 am and were on the road headed to Natural Bridge by 7:00 am.  Natural Bridge is located just off Interstate 81 (exit 175) 15 miles south of  Lexington VA and only 15 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 62.   We traveled via Interstate 81 and arrived at Natural Bridge a few minutes before the 8:00 am opening time.

P4194382 4x6Natural Bridge is 215 feet high, 40 feet thick, and 100 feet wide with a 90 foot span between the walls.  The two people on the path provide perspective on the immensity of Natural Bridge.

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We walked under Natural Bridge to the Cedar Creek Nature Trail.

P4194399 4x6The Cedar Creek Nature Trail included the following points of interest: Monacan Indian Village, Saltpetre Mine, Lost River and Lace Waterfalls.  The trail ended at Lace Waterfalls, which was a distance of 1,300 yards from where the trail began.

P4194385 4x6The perimeter around the Monacan Indian Village is called a palisade.  This fence is designed to protect the inhabitants from wild animals and territorial infringements.  The Indian village is closed except for scheduled school tours.

P4194391 4x6Saltpetre Mine

E4194250 4x6Lost River

About 1812, workmen from the Saltpetre Mine heard the waters of the Lost River and blasted the opening to it.  Legend has it that, in later years, several attempts were made to locate the underground channels of the Lost River.  All attempts failed to determine source and final destination of this mysterious subterranean river.

 

P4194397 4x6Lace Waterfalls
Cedar Creek plunges 50 feet to the creek bed.

WP_20140419 6Bob took this picture of me at Lace Waterfalls with his cell phone camera.

P4194404 4x6Although shuttle service was available, we opted to use the stairway from the gift shop/ticket counter down to Natural Bridge, as well as climb the stairway back to the gift shop.  I didn’t take any photographs on our way down the stairway, as we wanted to reach Natural Bridge before anyone else.  When we reached Natural Bridge, we were surprised to find two other couples had arrived there before we did. These two other couples bypassed the ticket counter, reaching Natural Bridge another way.  I did take photographs, as we climbed the stairway to the gift shop.

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P4194410 8x8Redbud trees were in blossom.

From Natural Bridge we drove to Buchanan VA, the subject of my next blog post.

7 Responses to “Easter Vacation – Day 3 of 5: Natural Bridge”

    • Linda G.

      I would like to visit the Hocking Hills area of Ohio some time.

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  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    Yes—you all would LOVE Hocking Hills. There’s SO much to see and do there. We’ve been to Natural Bridge but it has been lots of years.. I don’t remember much about it… We need to go back!!!! Great photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. seniorhiker

    We visited Natural Bridge, but got there late in the day and didn’t get past the bridge itself. I would like to go back some day to do a little more exploring.

    Reply
  3. Eileen

    Linda, a wonderful place to visit. I have been past there but never had time to stop.. maybe a future trip.. Your photos are great, have a happy weekend!

    Reply
  4. DeniseinVA

    Marvelous shots! Gregg and I keep saying we should go see the Natural Bridge. I will show him your photos Linda. Have a great weekend!

    Reply

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