Natural Bridge State Park Trails

The Cedar Creek Trail at Natural Bridge State Park is an easy walk for all ages and includes many points of interest along the way. It begins down a set of stairs that lead out of the Rockbridge Center and gift shop building. Hikers present their ticket at the bottom of the stairs where they begin their scenic stroll.

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Description

The 215ft-high Natural Bridge appears early in the Cedar Creek hike, and you'll find benches for sitting and appreciating its beauty. Educational presentations are given here numerous times per day. Further down the trail, hikers will come to a Monacan Indian Exhibit showing a model community portraying how the Indians lived in the area. The exhibit includes a trading post, wigwam, and a work shelter among other components. Beyond the exhibit, the trail comes to an end at the gorgeous Lace Falls. This trail is about 1 mile and is best enjoyed at your leisure.


If you are up for more of a challenge, the Monacan Trail is a little more work with slight inclines. This path begins about 1 mile north of the park and winds through creeks and wetlands. Parking is available. This hike is about 3 miles with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.

A third option is the Buck Hill Trail. The trail head is in the woods at the Caverns at Natural Bridge. Evidence of logging and how forest habitats regenerate are noticeable as you hike this two-mile trail. The kid-friendly .6-mile Skyline Trail is good for wildlife watching, and you’ll want to look for bluebirds near the new nest boxes along the trail.

All four hikes offer great views and a glimpse into the rich history of the land.

Driving Directions

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.

Tips

  • The entrance fee is $9 per person 13 years and older and $6 per person ages 6-12 years.
  • The hikes can be wet and buggy so be sure to bring insect repellent.

Insider's Tips

  • The Natural Bridge is a widely known wonder and, paired with the educational Native American exhibits, makes for a fun and informative afternoon for all.
  • Adjacent to the park is Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center, where you can have dinner at Red Fox Tavern or the Colonial Dining Room. Extend your visit with an overnight at the hotel.
  • Explore the deepest caverns on the East Coast when you check out the Caverns at Natural Bridge, just a short drive north of the park.