Children's Discovery Area
The Children's Discovery Area is an outdoor experiential area for families to have fun enjoying nature.
There are two trail components in the Children's Discovery Area:
The Kids in Parks Track Trail is a 0.6 mile hike where families can select four self-guided brochures which teach about pollinators, birds of the Blue Ridge, animals that may be seen in the park and how nature can hide and seek. This trail offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains atop Jefferson Point.
The Nature Explore Outdoor Play Area consists of multiple play and learning spaces for children. Areas such as “Poplar Art,” “Fun in the Field,” and “Can You Dig It?” provide children and their families a new space within Natural Bridge State Park for learning about and enjoying the outdoors.
From the Lexington Visitor Center, drive east on Washington Street to a left at the stoplight onto East Nelson Street (US-60). Continue .2 mile to a right onto Lee Highway (US-11 S Bypass). Drive .9 mile to a left at the stoplight, continuing south on Lee Highway southbound. Stay on Lee Highway for 12 miles and Natural Bridge State Park entrance will be just ahead of you on the left with the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center on your right. Continue on US-11 for 1.1 mile and turn left on Golf Course Road (Rt. 760).
- The awe-inspiring Natural Bridge is a widely known wonder and makes for a fun and informative afternoon for all.
- The Natural Bridge area is chock full of family-friendly attractions including the Caverns at Natural Bridge, Dinosaur Kingdom II, Natural Bridge Zoo, and Virginia Safari Park.
- Grab a snack at Natty B's Café or if you’re headed back into Lexington, stop at Pink Cadillac Diner on Route 11 for an Elvis Burger or Foot Long in a ‘50s diner atmosphere.
- And for the parents, Great Valley Farm Brewery & Winery and Halcyon Days Cider Co. are kid and pet friendly!