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Virginia’s Natural Bridge

Rock of ages. Nature’s cathedral. Carved by the fingers of nature. These are the phrases used to describe Virgina’s Natural Bridge.

One of the themes on this roadtrip is to find activities that we can do with Ty and Buster, not just find places that we can take them. We stopped at The Natural Bridge in Virginia, which is located just northeast of Roanoke a few miles off of either the Blue Ridge Parkway or I-81.

The Natural Bridge is a 20-story arch that was formed when a cavern collapsed, leaving the span that stands today. That “span” is 20 stories tall, and the solid rock formation is estimated to weigh 36,000 tons. At one time the Bridge and surrounding acreage was owned by Thomas Jefferson, who purchased it from King George III of England in 1774.

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed on the Cedar Creek Trail. The trail hosts the Bridge, a restoration-in-progress of a Monacan Indian village, and Lace Waterfalls. The 2.5 mile trail walk was a great way to exercise the boys and see one of Nature’s wonders. If you get hungry, there is a cafe that serves up take away food and drinks. There is both covered and uncovered outdoor seating for you to enjoy with your pet.

The Natural Bridge is open year-round starting at 9 am.

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  • Retha Roper says:

    I went there years ago before I got my shihtzu. How much of Natural Bridge can I take her to. Can she go in museums if I hold her. We dont travel without her!!!

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Good for you, Retha! Generally pets aren’t allowed in the buildings. But since she’s small, if you put her in your purse or in a carrier, I think you’d probably be alright. Waggin’ trails!

  • Retha Roper says:

    Ive been there years ago. I want to go back. How much of Natural bridge can my little dog go to. Im sure not the museums.

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      You’re right, Retha, generally pets are not allowed inside the buildings. However, since your pup is small, if you had him or her in a carrier or in your purse, I think that would probably be alright.

  • Anil says:

    Looks like such a nice place for a walk, I love that part of Virginia, great parks and mountain trails.

  • Anil says:

    Looks like such a nice place for a walk, I love that part of Virginia, great parks and mountain trails.

  • Mary Haight says:

    Great pics, especially what looks like a waterfall in the background with a river or stream running to the forefront–peaceful, and what a nice hike, with a thoughtfully placed rest and refreshment stop. Thanks for the little holiday of the mind!

  • I think that we were sharing the same brainwave last nite! Sean & I went there many years ago, before we had Jersey & we really enjoyed it! Did you see GW's initals carved in the rock?

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